The boos started raining down on A.J. Burnett during the Orioles' five-run fifth inning, and they didn't stop until Blue Jays manager John Gibbons walked to the mound to relieve his starter to a chorus of cheers. As Burnett walked off the mound, the jeers resumed, prompting the pitcher to tip his cap to the crowd. Burnett, a Baltimore County resident, had never lost to the Orioles before yesterday, but he was pounded for eight earned runs on 10 hits and four walks. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, his shortest start of the season.
IN THE ZONE
Burnett did accomplish one thing yesterday that the Blue Jays hadn't been able to do the previous night. He got Nick Markakis out. After putting the Orioles on the board with an RBI single in the first inning yesterday, Markakis flied out to center in the third. It was the first time in seven plate appearances in the series that Markakis didn't reach base. He finished the game 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. He is 7-for-9 in the series and 12-for-21 on this road trip. He also has a 10-game hitting streak, going 20-for-42 during that span
FINALLY SOME SUPPORT
Before yesterday, Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie hadn't been given a four-run lead in any of his 13 starts this season. In his six losses, the Orioles have scored a total of eight runs. But yesterday, he had a one-run advantage before throwing his first pitch. When he went to the mound in the third, he had a two-run advantage. And when the bottom of the fifth rolled around, Guthrie had an 8-1 lead with which to work. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing just a first-inning run on six hits, while striking out six. He won for the first time since May 13, a span of five starts.
Orioles rookie right-hander Radhames Liz (1-0, 3.38) has the unenviable task of opposing Toronto veteran right-hander Roy Halladay (7-5, 2.94) in the series finale, which starts this afternoon at 1:07 p.m. Liz, who held the Minnesota Twins to two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings in winning his season debut with the Orioles, has faced the Blue Jays twice in relief appearances, allowing no earned runs over six innings of work. In 26 career appearances against the Orioles including 22 starts, Halladay is 16-4 with a 2.84 ERA. He has won three straight starts, allowing four earned runs during that span.