Batting around again
For the second consecutive game, the Toronto Blue Jays batted around in an inning. Last night, they sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs, the most the Jays have scored in one inning this season. It was the second time the Orioles allowed seven runs in an inning, the first coming against the Kansas City Royals on July 3.
Markakis still streaking
Nick Markakis kept his career-best hitting streak alive at 16 with a single in the fourth. He had two hits on the night. Adam Jones extended his streak of games in which he reached base safely to 12. He homered in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season.
Ten down to start
Toronto right-hander A.J. Burnett, who was lit up for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start against the Orioles, was unhittable early last night. He retired the first 10 batters he faced before Markakis singled with one out in the fourth. Markakis then broke up the shutout by stealing second and scoring on Kevin Millar's single. Burnett's dominance didn't last. The Orioles scored six runs against him in the sixth, chasing him after he allowed seven runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (5-7, 3.61) will make his last start of the first half tonight at 7:07 against former Orioles left-hander John Parrish (1-0, 1.50 ERA). Parrish will be making his first start against his former club, who drafted him in 1996 and traded him to Seattle in August. Guthrie is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts against the Blue Jays.