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Glaus goes deep twice as Blue Jays outslug Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Troy Glaus broke out of his lengthy slump in a
big way, and his timing couldn't have been better for the Toronto
Blue Jays.

Glaus went 4-for-5 with two homers, two doubles and four RBI,
leading Toronto past the Baltimore Orioles 9-7 on Monday night.

Mired in a 6-for-39 skid that dropped his batting average to
.259, Glaus hit a solo shot in the second inning and brought the
Blue Jays from a 3-2 deficit with a three-run drive in the seventh.
It was his second multihomer game of the season and 20th of his
career.

"I got a couple of pitches up that I was able to take advantage
of. It was just one of those days," Glaus said. "I was able to
find some holes and hit some balls on the barrel. It's been a
while."

The four hits matched a career high and lifted his batting
average 30 points. He also scored four runs, the last on a
three-run homer by Lyle Overbay in the ninth.

"He's just a threat when he stands in the box. That's what we
brought him over for," said Toronto manager John Gibbons,
referring to the December trade that sent Glaus to Toronto from
Arizona.

Ted Lilly (3-1) gave up two earned runs and five hits in 7 2-3
innings, striking out four and walking two. Two of his three wins
this season have come against the Orioles.

"I threw a lot of strikes, but I had a lot of hiccups," he
said. "I felt satisfied. For the most part, I felt I was
aggressive."

After Miguel Tejada homered in a four-run ninth, former Oriole
B.J. Ryan got the final out for his fifth save. He has not given up
a run this season in 12 appearances.

Ramon Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI for the
Orioles, who have lost seven of nine.

Baltimore starter Erik Bedard allowed two runs and seven hits in
six innings. He left with the lead, but LaTroy Hawkins quickly gave
it away.

Hawkins (0-1) retired pinch-hitter Frank Catalanotto leading off
the seventh, then gave up singles to Alex Rios and Vernon Wells.
Glaus then hit a 2-0 pitch over the right-field scoreboard, his
eighth homer of the season.

"I can't dwell on it," Hawkins said, "because there's a good
chance I'll be out there again tomorrow."

The same can't be said for Jim Brower, who gave up Overbay's
homer and owns a 13.86 ERA. After the game, Orioles manager Sam
Perlozzo said Brower would be designated for assignment on Tuesday.

"We gave him plenty of chances. We really wanted him to be the
guy," Perlozzo said. "But with few exceptions, he didn't pitch
how we saw him in the spring. His command wasn't there and he left
his pitches up."

Baltimore will also option reliever Eddy Rodriguez to Triple-A
Ottawa on Tuesday and recall pitchers Kurt Birkins and Julio Manon
from the same club, Perlozzo said.

Shea Hillenbrand's third hit, an RBI single, made it 6-3 in the
ninth before Overbay connected off Brower.

"It was a good team effort," Glaus said. "We were able to
stay in the ball game and battle back. It was great to see."

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the first. After a walk, an error
and an infield hit loaded the bases with one out, Hernandez and
Jeff Conine hit RBI singles.

Glaus led off the second with a homer, but Hernandez made it 3-1
in the third by driving an 0-1 pitch deep into the left-field
seats.

Toronto got runners at second and third in the fifth before
Bedard struck out Wells.

In the sixth, Glaus hit a leadoff double and scored on a single
by Hillenbrand. A single by Aaron Hill put runners at the corners
with two outs before Bedard finished up by retiring John McDonald
on a soft liner to second on his 105th pitch.

"If Erik were at 80 or 90 pitches, he would have stayed in,"
Perlozzo said. "But he's one of the guys who is going to carry us
throughout the year, and there's no use in stretching him out to
the point where he doesn't belong."

Game notes
Wells went 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 11
games. He has failed to get a hit in only one game this season,
April 18 against the New York Yankees. ... Tejada, who is nursing a
hyperextended left knee, played DH for a second straight game. ...
The Orioles are 1-7 with seven straight losses against left-handed
starters. .. Lilly is 5-1 lifetime vs. Baltimore.