In a game that featured the top two home-run hitting teams in the majors, the Orioles blasted Toronto left-hander Mark Buehrle for three homers, including Adam Jones¿ three-run blast, to give the Orioles a 8-5 win over the Blue Jays in Friday night¿s series opener in front of an announced 42,660 at Camden Yards.
In the sixth inning, Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth raced into foul ground and went into the stands full speed giving chase to a fly ball off the bat of Colby Rasmus. As McLouth went back to his position, an opened aluminum can was thrown onto the field.
The industry was watching what the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays would do this winter because they are viewed as the potential new guard in the AL East with the New York Yankees aging, the Boston Red Sox rebuilding and the Tampa Bay Rays hampered by payroll.
As the regular season winds down, the Orioles insist they aren't sneaking glances at the out-of-town scoreboard in right field of Camden Yards to see how the division-leading New York Yankees are doing.
Their starting pitching sputtering, their offense anemic, the Orioles lost their sixth game in their past eight, an uninspiring 6-2 loss to a Blue Jays team that had lost five straight, in front of an announced crowd of 16,575.
On Wednesday night, Jason Hammel shut down a Blue Jays lineup that has scored the fourth-most runs in the American League, dancing mid-90 fastballs through the strike zone and missing Toronto bats all night, leading the Orioles to a 3-0 win at Camden Yards.
The Orioles and Blue Jays combined for seven solo home runs, but it was Wilson Betemit's two-run single up the middle with two outs in the eight that proved to be the biggest hit in the game, propelling the Orioles to a 7-5 win over the Blue Jays.