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Boomer Wins 14th, Jays Slam O's


David Wells earned his major league high 14th win and Tony Batista hit his second grand slam of the season as Toronto averted a four-game sweep by beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 Monday.

Carlos Delgado also homered for the Blue Jays, who lost the first three games of the series by a combined 23-10 score before rebounding behind their burly ace.

Wells (14-2) wasn't overpowering, but plenty good enough to win his seventh straight decision on a sticky, 94-degree afternoon. He allowed two earned runs, nine hits and a walk in six innings. The left-hander, who struck out three, improved to 9-0 on the road.

Billy Koch, the fifth Toronto pitcher, got four outs for his 18th save in 22 opportunities.

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  • Charles Johnson homered for the Orioles, who were vying for their first four-game sweep of Toronto since 1979. It was his 19th home run, tying a career high.

    Batista's third career grand slam gave the Blue Jays a 5-1 lead in the third inning. It was Toronto's seventh slam of the season and the sixth allowed by the Orioles.

    Delgado hit his 28th homer off Jason Johnson (0-7) to make it 6-2 in the fifth. He went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

    Johnson gave up six runs in five innings. He allowed only four hits, but two were homers and three of his five walks came around to score.

    The Blue Jays got a run in the first when Johnson walked two and Delgado hit an RBI single. Baltimore tied it in the second when Charles Johnson doubled and seldom-used Mark Lewis hit a two-out RBI single.

    Batista gave the Blue Jays the lead for good in the third. After a single and two walks loaded the bases with one out, Brad Fullmer hit a short flyball before Batista sent Johnson's first pitch into the left-field seats, his 23rd homer of the year and third of the series.

    The Orioles got a gift-wrapped run in their half. Raul Mondesi was charged with a three-base error when he lost B.J. Surhoff's fly ball to right, and Wells committed a balk when he stopped his windup after inadvertently knocking the cap off his head.

    Will Clark, whose run of three straight games with a home run ended, hit into a double play with runners at the corners in the sixth to make it 6-3.

    Charles Johnson homered off John Frascatore in the eighth.

    Notes

  • Orioles rookie OF Luis Matos got his first major league hit in the second inning and added a double in the fourth. He also recorded his first assist, gunning down Mondesi at third base in the first.
  • Mondesi has six errors, tops among Toronto outfielders, but got an assist on a play at the plate.
  • Charles Johnson batted sixth, the fifth different spot in the lineup he's occupied this year.
  • Brady Anderson went 0-for-3 against Wells and is 1-for-16 lifetime against him.
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