TORONTO, JUNE 7 -- The record books will say the Baltimore Orioles were beaten this afternoon when Garth Iorg poked an RBI single to center field with two outs in the ninth inning, the last hit in the Toronto Blue Jays' 3-2 victory before 42,254 at Exhibition Stadium.

The Orioles say the record books will lie.

They say they don't deserve their latest loss, that they got it because umpire Ken Kaiser blew the biggest call of the game when he gave Ernie Whitt a two-run second-inning homer on a ball that they say was clearly foul. They say the Blue Jays got a three-game weekend sweep with a bad broom.

"It's a shame to lose when {Mike} Boddicker pitched so well," Orioles Manager Cal Ripken Sr. said. "With the way things have been going, it's really a shame to lose when he goes into the ninth and has given up only two tainted runs."

According to Whitt and Kaiser, Whitt got the homer he deserved, and the Blue Jays got a victory they deserved. They say the ball was hooking foul, but at the last moment, ticked the right field foul pole, making it a home run.

"It didn't even come close to the foul pole," said Orioles bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks, who was standing 20 feet away. "It missed by two feet, and the ball didn't change directions. Kaiser couldn't see it from where he was {first base}. Why doesn't he get his butt out there where he can see the play? He didn't move."

Boddicker agreed, saying, "From my angle it was foul. He said it hit one of the side bars, but I could see daylight between the ball and the bar. Elrod saw it. Our bullpen saw it. The fans out there were laughing about it. But what can you do?"

The loss was a big one because the Orioles are in another slump, this one coming at a time when they have just started a string of 26 games against the powers of the American League East. They have lost eight of their last nine games, and have fallen to 27-28 and 7 1/2 games out of first place.

In the other clubhouse, the Blue Jays saw this as another good game in what has been a long string of them. The victory was their 26th in 39 games and, at 33-20, kept them a half-game behind the Yankees going into a three-game series in New York.

"I saw the ball right down the line," Whitt said. "As it got near the pole, it changed directions, and I knew it was a home run. It would have been a short day for me if he'd have called it foul."

"I was set to call it foul because it was hooking that way," Kaiser said. "But it hit a bolt out there and changed directions. It would have been easy to call it foul, but I definitely saw it change directions. It's a tough call to make, but I had the line of the ball in sight. I've made a lot of calls that I'd like to have back, but this isn't one of them. I think I made the right one."

But according to the Orioles, Kaiser was less sure when Ripken went out to argue.

"He didn't seem to know the ball deflected to the right," Ripken said. "He said it didn't make any difference which way it went after it hit the foul pole. I said that it sure does because there's no way it ended up inside it. I don't think he meant to say that."

Kaiser left the Orioles with an easy alibi for the loss when they probably didn't deserve one. For a second straight game, they had terrible clutch hitting, going one for 14 with runners in scoring position and leaving 10 runners on base -- five in scoring position.

They had the leadoff man on base five times, and had Ray Knight thrown out at the plate when he tried to score on a Larry Sheets' fly ball in the second.

Their only runs came in the fifth when Terry Kennedy singled and Sheets doubled, and in the sixth when Cal Ripken Jr. hit his 14th homer.

They wasted a terrific performance by Boddicker (5-2), who allowed only eight hits and two walks in 8 2/3 innings. He was pretty much matched pitch for pitch by Toronto ace Jim Clancy, who allowed 10 hits and two runs in 8 2/3 innings.

Clancy left with Jim Dwyer on second with two outs in the top of the ninth. Reliever Mark Eichhorn (7-2) got the victory when he struck out Ripken.

"You saw a pitching clinic with those two guys," Ripken Sr. said. "That's how you do it. You make pitches and throw strikes. We missed some opportunities to score runs, and that definitely hurt us. We just can't get the bats going, and wasted a nice game by Boddicker. That's a shame."

Despite everything that happened, Boddicker still almost won, taking a seven-hitter into the ninth. He hadn't even walked anyone until then, but leadoff man Rance Mulliniks got the first one, which turned out to be one too many.

Manny Lee pinch ran, and Willie Upshaw sacrificed. Boddicker put Whitt on and got Rick Leach on a popup.

That brought up Iorg, in a six-for-50 slump. "My glove is the only thing that's been keeping me in the lineup," he admitted later.

But today, Boddicker threw him one ball then got a fastball up.

"It was a bad pitch," Boddicker said. "That wasn't where I wanted to throw it, and I know I can't walk guys. I guess I can say I did my job. I kept us in the game and gave it my best shot, but you don't like to lose these kind."

Orioles Notes:

Because of their deep, talented bullpen, you either beat the Blue Jays early, or you don't beat them. They are 28-2 when they take a lead or a tie into the eighth inning, and have outscored the opposition by 59-19 after the seventh inning . . . Murray's sixth-inning double was his first extra-base hit in 52 at-bats. Fred Lynn has had only one in his last 45 . . . The Orioles have had streaks of 5-1, 4-14, 17-5 and 1-8.