Orioles Beat Blue Jays Before Smallest Crowd in Camden Yards History

Associated Press
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

BALTIMORE, May 26 -- Aubrey Huff, Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold homered, right-hander Jason Berken won his major league debut and the Baltimore Orioles defeated Toronto, 7-2, on Tuesday night to stretch the Blue Jays' losing streak to eight games.

Only 10,130 fans -- the smallest crowd in the 18-year history of Camden Yards -- showed up on a miserable night. The temperature dipped into the low 50s and a steady mist swirled through the stadium from the outset. Those in attendance included Berken's parents, grandparents, his wife, a few uncles and aunts and several friends.

"It was great. It's obviously been a dream of mine since I was a kid," Berken said. "To come out here and get a win, I couldn't ask for anything better."

Huff hit a solo shot in the second inning, Jones added a two-run drive in the fifth and Reimold homered with one on in the sixth. All three homers came off Ricky Romero (2-1), who was handed his first big league loss.

Summoned from Class AAA Norfolk to replace Adam Eaton in the rotation, Berken (1-0) gave up two runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings. He retired the side in order only once, but stranded five runners in scoring position.

Jim Johnson worked the final two innings for his first save.

"The most important thing was his poise," Orioles Manager Dave Trembley said of Berken. "We've had guys before come up and they've had just as good of stuff. But there's more to it than just having stuff and having tools. It's the ability to focus, the ability to not get out of control, stay in your lane, looking like you fit."

Marco Scutaro had three hits for the Blue Jays, whose eight-game skid is their longest since a nine-game run in May 2007. With three losses in Boston, three more in Atlanta and two in Baltimore, Toronto is mired in its longest road losing streak since an eight-game slide in 2002.

Toronto went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.

"It's pretty much been the same thing the last eight days," Blue Jays Manager Cito Gaston said of his team, which has gone seven games without a home run. "We just can't get hits with guys on base."

The first batter Berken faced was Scutaro, who doubled to center. After Aaron Hill lined out to first, Adam Lind hit an RBI double.

In the second inning, a walk and singles by Lyle Overbay and Rod Barajas made it 2-0. Berken avoided further damage by striking out Joe Inglett and getting Scutaro to hit into a double play.

Huff hit his eighth homer in the bottom half.

In the fifth, Toronto loaded the bases with two outs before Berken finished on a high note by getting Scott Rolen to fly out to center.

Jones hit his 11th home run in the bottom half after Brian Roberts drew a two-out walk. In the sixth, Ty Wigginton led off with a double and Reimold, a rookie, connected for the third time in 12 games since being recalled from Norfolk.

Roberts doubled in two runs off Scott Downs in the eighth.

Orioles Notes: Right-hander Koji Uehara will probably miss his scheduled start tomorrow and could be placed on the 15-day disabled list if his strained left hamstring does not respond to treatment. . . . Catcher Matt Wieters, Baltimore's top prospect, will join the big league club on Friday, team president Andy MacPhail said.

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