Orioles' Maine Gets First Big League Win

Orioles pitcher John Maine makes his first start of the season and makes it count, pitching five scoreless innings to collect his first major league win, a 1-0 decision against Toronto, Saturday. (Chris Gardner - AP)
By David Ginsburg
Associated Press
Saturday, August 13, 2005; 7:00 PM

BALTIMORE -- John Maine pitched five scoreless innings to earn his first major league win, Miguel Tejada singled in a third-inning run, and the Baltimore Orioles ended the Toronto Blue Jays' four-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory Saturday.

Rafael Palmeiro sat out a third straight game since returning from a 10-day suspension for using steroids. He is expected to start as Baltimore's designated hitter on Sunday.

Maine (1-0) and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, helping the Orioles improve to 6-3 under interim manager Sam Perlozzo.

Dave Bush (2-6) took the loss despite allowing four hits -- none after the third inning -- in his third career complete game.

Maine, recalled from Triple-A Ottawa on Friday night, allowed two hits and three walks in his second start in the majors. Last year, the right-hander allowed four runs in 3 2-3 innings in a loss to Minnesota.

Maine lost his last seven decisions at Ottawa, but against the Blue Jays he allowed only one runner past second base. That was in the third inning, when he retired Russ Adams on a foul pop with two outs and Reed Johnson on third.

Tim Byrdak entered in the sixth and got four outs before leaving with runners at first and second and one out in the seventh. Todd Williams came in and got Reed Johnson to hit into a double play, then allowed two hits in the eighth before getting Shea Hillenbrand to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.

B.J. Ryan worked the ninth for his 26th save.

Brian Roberts hit a leadoff double in the third and scored with two outs when Tejada lined an opposite-field single to right.

Bush retired 16 of the next 17 batters. The only runner to reach after the third inning was Javy Lopez, who was hit with a pitch with two outs in the sixth.

Notes: Toronto OF Vernon Wells was a late scratch with the flu. ... Baltimore has scored only one run in the first two games of the series, but can win a second straight series for the first time since early May with a victory on Sunday.

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