Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Millar's Three RBIs Help Lift O's

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Millar got an RBI single in the first and added a tie-breaking two-run homer in the fifth to help the Orioles to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night before 11,510 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The Orioles had lost four of their last five games and were struggling at the plate, especially in clutch situations. But the offense caused problems in this game as the Orioles banged out 13 hits and added four steals for good measure.

Millar (2-for-4) led the way. His RBI single in the first inning tied the game at 1, and he blasted a two-run homer to left off starter Dustin McGowan (0-1) to snap a 1-1 tie in the fifth. Ramon Hernandez added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Slumping outfielder Adam Jones went 3-for-3. The Orioles also had two runners thrown out at the plate.

Matt Albers (2-0) threw five strong innings in his first Orioles start, giving up one run on five hits. The right-hander settled down after allowing a run on three hits in the first inning and retired seven in a row at one point.

The Orioles' bullpen took over from there. Jim Johnson followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings before Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford each got an out to finish the eighth. George Sherrill gave up a two-run homer to Alex Rios in the ninth but hung on for his sixth save.


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