With having been thrusted into the starting rotation due to Sidney Ponson calf injury, John Maine gave his manager just what was needed and the bullpen did the rest. Maine, who was recalled from Triple-A Ottawa on Friday, pitched five innings allowing only two hits as the bullpen combined to pitch four scoreless inning in relief to give the youngster his first major league win.
The Orioles would come close to opening the scoring in the second inning with two outs when they put men on the corners but David Bush would get Chris Gomez grounding out to second base to end the threat.
The Blue Jays would have their own chance to get on the board in the top of the third when Reed Johnson would single with one out and proceed to steal second base, but the Orioles hurler would get Orlando Hudson to ground out back to the mound and have Russ Adams pop out to end the inning.
Baltimore would get to Bush in their half of the third when Brian Roberts would lead off the inning with a double to left. David Newhan would move Roberts to third on a groundout to first base allowing Miguel Tejada to single home the team's first run of the game with two outs in the inning.
Toronto would get a man in scoring position during the fifth, seventh and eighth innings but failed to come up with a clutch hit when they needed it most - a stark contrast to yesterday's game where they seemingly clicked on all cylinders.
David Bush meanwhile, was giving his team every opportunity to get back into the game as he set shut down the Orioles the rest of the way. His pitching line would read eight innings pitched, giving up four hits but the lone run would be his only blemish as B.J. Ryan shut the door on any Jays comeback in the ninth by retiring the side in order for his twenty-sixth save of the season.
John Maine (1-0) collects his first big-league win going five shutout innings for the O's as David Bush continues to be a hard-lucked loser for Toronto, dropping his record to (2-6) despite his strong outing against Baltimore.
Both teams will be in search of a series win in the rubber-match of this three-game series on Sunday. Young Dustin McGowan (1-0) will look for his second consecutive victory but he'll have to earn it as he faces the Canadian left-hander, Erik Bedard (6-4), for the Orioles.
The game on Sunday can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet starting at 1:30pm EST with radio coverage on The FAN 590am beginning at 1pm EST.
InsideTheDome's Game Notes: David Bush would be hard-pressed to pitch any better than he has against Baltimore this season. The right-hander has tossed eighteen innings, allowing only two earned runs on nine hits, but owns an undeserved 0-2 record...Roy Halladay, who was expected to make his return from the disabled list and start Monday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, has had his start pushed back to sometime later on in the week...Vernon Wells was a late scratch from this game with flu-like symptoms.