TORONTO (AP) -- Matt Riley pitched well after taking a ball off
his face -- just not well enough to win.
Riley took a one-hopper off his jaw and collapsed after his
second pitch of the game in Baltimore's 3-0 loss to the Toronto
Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
Riley laid on the mound for a few minutes, but stayed in the
game, allowing two hits and seven walks in seven innings.
"It kind of shocked me when it hit me. It jarred my brain,"
Riley said. "It just took me a couple of pitches afterward to
gather everything together and get back on track."
Toronto's Reed Johnson led off the first with a sharp grounder
that bounced off the jaw of Riley, who went down in a heap. Johnson
reached on the single.
Riley recovered, but issued two walks and threw a wild pitch
before the inning was over. After play resumed, Chris Woodward
walked and Vernon Wells grounded into a double play. Riley (1-4)
then walked Carlos Delgado before a wild pitch allowed Johnson to
score from third.
"You have to shake something like that off," Riley said.
"We're out there playing a game and my teams needs me."
Lilly (11-10) won consecutive decisions for the first time since
June 8. The All-Star left-hander allowed six hits, while striking
out six and walking two.
"It was a fun game. I got to see some good defense and I made
some pitches when I had to," Lilly said.
Toronto right fielder Alex Rios prevented the tying run from
scoring in the seventh by throwing out a sliding Rafael Palmeiro at
the plate. Palmeiro doubled and Jose Leon followed with what looked
to be a tying single to right, but Rios threw a strike to catcher
Gregg Zaun, who blocked the plate.
"If they want to keep running I'll get more assists," said
Rios, who leads the team with 10 assists.
The Orioles put runners on first and third with one out in the
eighth, but Lilly escaped the jam by striking out pinch-hitter B.J.
Surhoff and getting Melvin Mora to ground out.
Carlos Delgado's RBI single and third baseman Mora's throwing
error gave Toronto a 3-0 lead in the eighth.
Riley's seven walks tied a career high ... Toronto ace Roy
Halladay will pitch on the side on Thursday. If all goes well, the
reigning AL Cy Young Award winner will start Sept. 21 against the
New York Yankees. Halladay has been on the DL since July 20 because
of a strained muscle in his right shoulder. He was also on the
disabled list from May 28-June 12 with a sore shoulder.