Play it again -- Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3


Steve Trachsel maintains that he had not spent much time thinking about his winless streak, which extended for about 2 1/2 months and a span of nine starts. But Trachsel found the perfect opponent to break the streak. With 6 2/3 solid innings against Toronto, Trachsel won for the first time since June 8. He is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA against Toronto this season and 6-0 with a 3.13 ERA in eight career starts against them.



Trachsel's fate was again in the hands of the Orioles' bullpen, which delivered as Jim Hoey and Danys Baez pitched the last 2 1/3 innings without giving up a run. Hoey entered the game with two outs in the seventh to face the potential go-ahead run in the form of pinch hitter Vernon Wells. Hoey got him on a fielder's choice and then turned in a scoreless eighth. Baez then took the ball in the ninth and got two groundouts and a strikeout to secure his second save.



Orioles manager Dave Trembley was looking for a spark after his team was held to just four hits and two runs a night earlier, and he got it from J.R. House and Tike Redman, two players who weren't in Orioles uniforms last month. House went 2-for-4 with a bases-empty home run, a single and two runs scored. Redman went 1-for-3 with three RBIs. His two-run, second-inning triple made the score 2-1, and his fourth-inning groundball to first base scored House for a 4-3 lead.


Rookie right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.50) will start for the Orioles in the series finale against Toronto ace Roy Halladay (14-5, 3.99). Halladay is 14-4 with a 2.92 ERA in 19 career games against the Orioles. He has also won three straight starts and a pitched a complete game in his last outing, holding the Los Angeles Angels to one run and five hits. Guthrie got a no-decision in his only start this season against Toronto, allowing three runs in seven innings.