With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Nick Markakis singled sharply past a drawn-in infield to give the Orioles a 5-4 win. Markakis, who grounded into a double play in his first at-bat, singled in each of his last three at-bats. Corey Patterson, who singled to lead off the inning, scored the winning run. After a sacrifice bunt, Brian Roberts was walked intentionally and Melvin Mora drew a walk to load the bases.
After Daniel Cabrera walked his second batter in the seventh inning to load the bases, the Orioles brought in left-handed reliever John Parrish, which prompted the Blue Jays to use All-Star Vernon Wells as a pinch hitter. Wells delivered, hitting a hard ground ball that deflected off Mora's glove into left field to score two runs and give Toronto the lead. Wells didn't start the game because he is 1-for-19 lifetime against Cabrera with six strikeouts.
Making his first start since last Saturday after being on the bereavement list, Patterson quickly made an impact last night. With two outs in the first, Lyle Overbay got a hold of a pitch, driving it deep to right-center field. Patterson raced back, elevated and timed his jump perfectly to rob Overbay of a home run. When Patterson trotted in, Cabrera was waiting for him at the top step of the dugout, giving him a high-five.
The Orioles' starter tonight is Adam Loewen (1-0, 3.95), who has walked 12 batters in 13 2/3 innings this season. Josh Towers (1-1, 2.03) makes his third start of the year for the Blue Jays.