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Lopez wins third straight

TORONTO (AP) -- Rodrigo Lopez is still trying to figure out how
to handle Vernon Wells. At least he finally beat the Toronto Blue
Jays.

Lopez won for the first time in seven career starts against
Toronto and Rafael Palmeiro homered, lifting the Baltimore Orioles
to an 9-5 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday night.

Wells hit two home runs off Lopez, including a two-run homer in
the third that landed two rows into the fifth deck of SkyDome --
just the 13th time a ball has reached the uppermost tier.

"I've never seen somebody hit one in the upperdeck. Today was
my turn," Lopez said. "He's a good hitter. I've always had a
problem with him. I made a mistake and it landed almost in the
hotel."

Palmeiro's homer in the ninth did not reach the upper deck, but
was equally impressive for different reasons. His shot over the
right field wall was his 547th homer, leaving him one behind Mike
Schmidt for 10th place on the career list.

Wells is hitting .391 (9-for-23) in his career against Lopez,
who is 1-4 with a 8.27 ERA in eight career games against Toronto.

"They get pretty comfortable against me, but today I got good
movement on my fastball," Lopez said.

Wells drove in four runs for the last-place Blue Jays, who have
lost five of six.

Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield was the last to reach the
SkyDome's fifth tier when he homered on July 28.

"Luckily I was able to join some of the other guys that have
gone up there," Wells said.

Lopez (13-8) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings for
his fifth win in his last six starts, helping the Orioles win for
the eighth time in their last 10 road games.

Toronto starter Miguel Batista (10-12) allowed seven runs, five
hits and four walks in just two innings, his shortest outing of the
season. Batista has won just once in his last 10 starts.

"My ball was moving a lot," Batista said. "I couldn't get it
where I wanted it."

Baltimore took a 1-0 lead in the first on Palmeiro's RBI
grounder before Wells tied it in the home half with a solo shot.

David Newhan's run-scoring grounder and Mora's two-run single
gave Baltimore a 3-1 lead in the second.

Surhoff's two-run single and Larry Bigbie's sacrifice fly in the
third made it 7-1.

The Blue Jays had the bases loaded and nobody out in the
seventh, but could only manage one run. Wells hit an RBI single,
and then B.J. Ryan escaped the jam by getting Carlos Delgado to pop
out, Alex Rios to strike out and Eric Hinske to groundout.

"That was the game," Lopez said.

Mora's RBI single off Jason Frasor gave Baltimore a 8-4 lead in
the eighth.

Delgado added an RBI single in the ninth.

Game notes
Wells has two multihomer games this season and six in his
career. ... Fans booed when Raptors star Vince Carter was shown in
a news clip on the JumboTron. Carter went public with a trade
demand Thursday. ... Lopez leads the Orioles in wins.