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Blue Jays Rally Past Orioles


Two months ago, Darrin Fletcher could only hope to get a chance like this.

Fletcher hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied past Baltimore 10-9 Wednesday night, sending the Orioles to their season-high seventh straight loss.

Â"I've never had a walk-off homer in my career, so it was kind of special,Â" said Fletcher, who pumped his fist after the homer.

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  • Fletcher is hitting .305 with six homers and 18 RBIs since returning to the lineup after missing a month with a broken bone in his eye socket. He suffered what he thought was the career-threatening injury after a ball ricocheted off a metal bar in a batting cage on May 1.

    Â"The whole month of May my vision was blurry. I sat at home thinking when and if I would ever get out there again,Â" he said. Â"I realized the game is a blessing and I'm enjoying it.Â"

    Pinch-hitter Willie Greene's leadoff homer in the Toronto ninth tied it 7. After the Orioles scored twice in the top of the 10th, the Blue Jays came back to hand Baltimore its 10th loss in a row at SkyDome.

    Shawn Green drew a leadoff walk from Jesse Orosco (0-2) in the Toronto 10th and Carlos Delgado doubled. After Tony Fernandez grounded out, Fletcher homered off Orosco.

    Â"Fletcher's doing a great job,Â" Orosco said. Â"He hit a three-run homer off me earlier in the year.Â"

    John Frascatore (2-0) won in relief for the second straight night.

    Jeff Conine led off the Baltimore 10th with an infield single and Cal Ripken doubled. Pinch-hitter Brady Anderson hit an RBI single and Charles Johnson had a sacrifice fly off Paul Quantrill.

    Greene tied it with a home run off Mike Timlin. In his previous at-bat on June 20, Greene hit a tying, pinch-hit home run.

    The Orioles scored four times in the sixth to tie it at 5, and Mike Bordick hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

    Baltimore starter Mike Mussina was in position to win despite having allowed six runs. He left in the seventh with two runners in scoring position and one out.

    Doug Johns relieved and Green followed with a sacrfice fly to cut it to 7-6.

    David Wells, who allowed seven runs in his last start, gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings.

    Green hit his 20th home run in the first. B.J. Surhoff hit his 18th homer in the fourth and singled to start a four-run sixth.

    Notes: Toronto manager Jim Fregosi recorded the 900th win of his career. ... Albert Belle blamed a police officer for failing to catch a fly ball in foul territory down the right-field line in the fourth. The officer tried to get of the way, but Belle bumped into him and the ball ticked off his glove. Belle complained to the umpire to no avail. ... Toronto's Shannon Stewart extended his hitting streak to 16 games. ... Fernandez went 1-for-4, dropping his average to .393.

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