Ripken's streak of 2-hit games reaches five, a career high


TORONTO -- Cal Ripken is so hot that he doesn't even want to talk about it, but the numbers can tell the story as well as anyone.

Ripken hit his 13th home run in yesterday's 13-8 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome. He also singled to turn in his fifth consecutive two-hit game -- the longest string of multiple-hit games in his career.

The season still is three weeks from the halfway point, and Ripken has more multi-hit games (30) than he had all last year. His .359 batting average is the highest any Oriole has carried this far into a season.

The home run was his first since May 29, but the hits and RBI just keep coming. He leads the league with 85 hits and 137 total bases, as well as the 30 multi-hit games. He ranks in every other major offensive category except triples, stolen bases, runs and walks.

Milligan ties record

First baseman Randy Milligan tied a club record with four runs scored yesterday, and he didn't even stay around for his fifth at-bat. Ernie Whitt took the final swing in Milligan's spot and singled to lead off the ninth, but was doubled up at second.

Wells ejected

Blue Jays starter David Wells was ejected from the game in ththird inning for arguing ball/strike calls with plate umpire Dan Morrison.

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