Blue Jays 3, Orioles 0
Matt Riley pitched well after taking a ball off his face -- just not well enough to win.
Riley took a one-hopper off his jaw and collapsed after his second pitch of the game in the visiting Baltimore Orioles' 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. He laid on the mound for a few minutes, but stayed in the game, allowing two hits and seven walks in seven innings.
"It kind of shocked me when it hit me. It jarred my brain," Riley said. "It just took me a couple of pitches afterward to gather everything together and get back on track."
Toronto's Reed Johnson led off the first with a sharp grounder that bounced off the jaw of Riley, who went down in a heap. Johnson reached on a single.
Riley recovered, but issued two walks and threw a wild pitch before the inning was over. After play resumed, Chris Woodward walked and Vernon Wells grounded into a double play. Riley (1-4) then walked Carlos Delgado before a wild pitch allowed Johnson to score from third.
"You have to shake something like that off," Riley said. "We're out there playing a game and my teams needs me."
Ted Lilly (11-10) held Baltimore to six hits over eight innings, striking out six and walking two as the Blue Jays ended a four-game losing skid. Justin Speier finished for his sixth save.
Toronto right fielder Alex Rios prevented the tying run from scoring in the seventh by throwing out a sliding Rafael Palmeiro at the plate. Palmeiro doubled and Jose Leon followed with what looked to be a tying single to right, but Rios threw a strike to catcher Gregg Zaun, who blocked the plate.
"If they want to keep running I'll get more assists," said Rios, who leads the team with 10 assists.
The Orioles put runners on first and third with one out in the eighth, but Lilly escaped the jam by striking out pinch hitter B.J. Surhoff and getting Melvin Mora to ground out.
Carlos Delgado's RBI single and third baseman Mora's throwing error gave Toronto a 3-0 lead in the eighth.