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Orioles finally break their Canadian hex

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Orioles 9, Blue Jays 5

The Baltimore Orioles can stop dreading trips north of the border.

The Orioles stopped their 20-game losing streak in Canada, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 Friday night behind Harold Baines' bat and Brady Anderson's glove.

"I'd like to blame it on customs, but they always treat us pretty well," said Anderson, who took away two hits and had six putouts in center field.

Baines had four hits, including a home run, as the Orioles won in Canada for the first time since defeating Toronto on June 13, 1998.

Baltimore had lost 14 in a row at SkyDome and had been swept in both of its interleague series played at Montreal.

"They've beaten us up pretty bad here the last couple years," Baines said. "But I don't think about the past."

The 41 year-old Baines, who has never been fleet of foot, admitted it was unusual for him to get two infield hits.

"I don't laugh about hits," said Baines, who was razzed by his teammates. "I've been struggling all year, so any hit is a good hit for me."

Tony Batista hit his 29th and 30th home runs for the Blue Jays. Toronto has homered in 20 straight home games, one short of the club record set previously this season.

Pat Rapp (6-6) won for just the third time in his last 16 starts. He gave up four earned runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

YANKEES 11, DEVIL RAYS 1: At New York, Derek Jeter had four hits, Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer and Dwight Gooden beat another of his former teams.

Jose Vizcaino added three hits, David Justice drove in three runs, Bernie Williams scored three times and Tino Martinez had a two-run double for the Yankees.

Gooden (4-3) allowed a home run to Gerald Williams on his second pitch of the game and yielded six hits in the first three innings. But he got better as the game moved along and gave up eight hits with one walk and one strikeout.

WHITE SOX 8, RED SOX 5: At Boston, Magglio Ordonez singled home the go-ahead run after first baseman Brian Daubach dropped his foul popup for an error as the Chicago White Sox overcame their own miscues and beat the Boston Red Sox.

Chicago shortstop Jose Valentin homered and drove in three runs, but made two errors in the sixth that allowed Boston to tie it at 5.

TWINS 2, INDIANS 1: At Minneapolis, rookie Mark Redman came within two outs of his first professional shutout, pitching the Minnesota Twins past the Cleveland Indians.

Redman (8-4) had not allowed a runner past first base until Manny Ramirez hit his 19th home run with one out in the ninth.

LaTroy Hawkins then relieved and gave up a single to Travis Fryman and a double to Richie Sexson. But Fryman was thrown out at the plate by shortstop Cristian Guzman on a grounder by Alex Ramirez.

ROYALS 4, TIGERS 0: At Detroit, Dan Reichert pitched a six-hitter for his first career shutout as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers for their fourth straight win.

Johnny Damon was 3-for-5 for his seventh multi-hit game in Kansas City's nine games since the All-Star break. He's 15-for-22 (.682) during the Royals' winning streak, and his 15 hits in four games tied an AL record.

MARINERS 12, RANGERS 3: At Seattle, the Mariners scored seven runs in the first inning and never looked back in cruising past Texas.

In the third inning Mark McLemore hit a two-run homer, and Jay Buhner added a three-run homer.

ANGELS 12, ATHLETICS 3: At Oakland, Calif., Garret Anderson hit his 100th career homer to help Anaheim crush Oakland.

Anderson's three-run blast came in the third inning. Mo Vaughn added a three-run homer and a two-run double for the Angels.