im Clancy pitched a three-hitter and Rance Mulliniks drove in two runs with a triple and a double today to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
The Blue Jays' victory was the second consecutive shutout of the East Division-leading Orioles and moved Toronto into a second-place tie with Boston, one game behind Baltimore.
"If (Toronto Manager Bobby) Cox doesn't win with that pitching, he should be fired," Orioles Manager Joe Altobelli said. "Clancy got a lot better after the third inning. I thought we could have got to him earlier."
Clancy (4-2), who entered the game with a 5.30 ERA, struck out three and walked two in going the distance for the first time. The only hits off Clancy were a leadoff single by John Shelby in the first and singles by Cal Ripken in the seventh and ninth innings.
After a rain delay of 2 hours 4 minutes, Clancy said he wasn't sure he would be able to face the Orioles. "Down in the bullpen, taking my warmup pitches, I didn't think I had anything today," Clancy said. "Al (Pitching Coach Widmar) worked with me to speed up my delivery.
"Then, when I got to the mound, it all came together," he added. "I got into my rhythm after the third inning. That's what usually happens to me."
Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the third on a single by Alfredo Griffin, a triple by Mulliniks and a sacrifice fly by Lloyd Moseby.
The Blue Jays made it 3-0 in the fifth. Garth Iorg led off with a single, advanced to second on Griffin's sacrifice bunt and scored on Mulliniks' double to the right field wall.
Toronto ended the scoring with two runs in the eighth. Moseby tripled to left field and scored on Willie Upshaw's suicide squeeze. Cliff Johnson then hit his sixth home run of the season over the left field wall, off reliever Tippy Martinez.
Mike Boddicker (1-1) went seven innings for the Orioles, yielding six hits, walking two and striking out four