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Toronto at Texas

W: F. Cordero (1-1) L: M. Batista (4-2)
HR: TOR - None   TEX - M. Young (14), H. Blalock (16)

Rangers take advantage of Blue Jays' errors in ninth

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Toronto Blue Jays lost an All-Star to a line drive and then the game to shoddy defense.

Alfonso Soriano scored from third base on a one-out grounder to cap the Texas Rangers' two-run, ninth-inning rally in a 7-6 victory Friday night.

Toronto starter Roy Halladay left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left shin by a line drive.

"He got it flush," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "Balls coming back that hard at such a short distance always strike fear in you."

Halladay was taken for precautionary X-rays on his badly bruised leg and a team spokesman said his status wouldn't be known until Saturday.

The Blue Jays were hanging on for the win until the error-filled bottom of the ninth.

Hank Blalock led it off with a grounder to third baseman Shea Hillenbrand, who threw wildly to first for a two-base error. Soriano's single off closer Miguel Batista (4-2) scored Blalock to tie it at 6.

After Kevin Mench was retired on a fly ball and Laynce Nix was intentionally walked, Soriano stole second and advanced to third on catcher Gregg Zaun's throwing error.

With the infield in, Rod Barajas grounded to shortstop Russ Adams, and Soriano, running on contact, beat Adams' errant throw to the plate on what was ruled a fielder's choice.

"We took what they gave to us," Soriano said. "That's why we won tonight."

Francisco Cordero (1-1) pitched one-third of an inning for Texas, which rallied from a five-run deficit.

Toronto held a 6-1 lead in the second but five Texas relievers combined to allow one hit over the final 7 1/3 shutout innings.

"The bullpen was the key tonight, not our offense," Barajas said. "They answered the call."

The Rangers have won three of their last six home games in the bottom of the ninth.

"It's a good lineup over there, they score a lot of runs," Zaun said. "We did a good job holding them down but we fell apart defensively in the ninth."

Halladay, a prime candidate to be the American League's starter on Tuesday night, had a 6-3 lead when he was hit in the lower leg by Mench's liner. Halladay threw out Mench at first from a seated position, then rolled onto his side grimacing in pain.

Halladay was on the ground for about two minutes, got to his feet and walked slowly to the dugout after allowing three runs and six hits over 2 2/3 innings. He was taken to the Medical Center of Arlington for the precautionary X-rays.

Michael Young went 4-for-5 for Texas, missing the cycle by a double, while Blalock homered and went 3-for-5.

Halladay wasn't sharp in the first inning, allowing three hits including Young's 14th homer as the Rangers took a 1-0 lead.

Rangers starter John Wasdin retired the side in order in the first, but the Blue Jays sent 12 hitters to the plate in the second and gave Halladay a 6-1 lead.

Wasdin, making his second start of the season, allowed six runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Young's RBI single in the second and Blalock's solo shot in the third -- his 16th -- pulled Texas within 6-3.

In the fourth, Young's run-scoring triple and Blalock's RBI single off Jason Frasor narrowed the deficit to 6-5.


  • The Rangers had no announcement on LHP Kenny Rogers' availability for the All-Star Game. Rogers was selected by the players but there has been speculation he might skip the game to avoid negative fan reaction. There's been concern about potential fallout from Rogers' on-the-field tirade on June 29 involving two television cameramen. "Whatever he decides, we'll support him," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He's certainly earned it and deserves the right to make that decision."
  • Rogers' appeal of his 20-game suspension is not expected until after the All-Star break, and he is scheduled to start Saturday night.
  • Hillenbrand was hit by a pitch for the 15th time this season, tops in the majors.
  • Batista had his second blown save of the season in 17 chances.
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Alfonso Soriano slides for the winning run as catcher Gregg Zaun can't make the tag. (AP)
Alfonso Soriano slides for the winning run as catcher Gregg Zaun can't make the tag. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Young
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1

H. Blalock
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS4000113 .253
Frank Catalanotto, DH5111013 .287
Vernon Wells, CF4010111 .263
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B4112011 .298
Gregg Zaun, C2100200 .268
Gabe Gross, LF4000025 .237
Eric Hinske, 1B4111030 .238
Alex Rios, RF4112020 .282
Frank Menechino, 2B2110200 .235
    John McDonald, 2B0000000 .277
2B - Eric Hinske (17, Wasdin)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto (18), Shea Hillenbrand 2 (40), Eric Hinske (37), Alex Rios 2 (35)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (6), Shea Hillenbrand 2 (13)
Team LOB - 7
DP - R. Adams-Hinske, Hillenbrand-McDonald-Hinske
E - Shea Hillenbrand (5, throwing error), Frank Menechino (1, misplayed grounder), Gregg Zaun (6, throwing error)
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay 2.2632042 2.41
Jason Frasor 1.1322010 3.08
Pete Walker (H,3) 2300100 2.55
Justin Speier (H,3) 1.1000120 2.81
Scott Schoeneweis (H,8) 0.2100000 4.50
Miguel Batista (BS,2; L,4-2) 0.1120100 2.97
IBB - Nix by Miguel Batista
HBP - Teixeira (by Jason Frasor)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 48-36, Jason Frasor 22-15, Pete Walker 38-20, Justin Speier 21-13, Scott Schoeneweis 6-5, Miguel Batista 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 5-0, Jason Frasor 2-1, Pete Walker 3-2, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Miguel Batista 2-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 15, Jason Frasor 8, Pete Walker 9, Justin Speier 5, Scott Schoeneweis 2, Miguel Batista 5
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, DH5000046 .262
Michael Young, SS5243000 .334
Mark Teixeira, 1B4010013 .283
Hank Blalock, 3B5232001 .284
Alfonso Soriano, 2B5121003 .275
Kevin Mench, LF5010013 .288
Laynce Nix, CF4110100 .242
Rod Barajas, C5011011 .259
Gary Matthews Jr., RF2110201 .251
3B - Michael Young (5, Frasor)
HR - Michael Young (14, Halladay), Hank Blalock (16, Halladay)
RBI - Michael Young 3 (47), Hank Blalock 2 (54), Alfonso Soriano (53), Rod Barajas (27)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young 2 (23), Hank Blalock (17)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (10, 3rd base off Batista/Zaun)
Team LOB - 12
Texas Rangers
John Wasdin 1.2566230 3.29
Joaquin Benoit 2.1000330 0.83
Ron Mahay 1.2000110 6.51
Doug Brocail 2.1000040 4.54
Brian Shouse 0.2000000 3.99
Francisco Cordero (W,1-1) 0.1100000 3.53
HBP - Hillenbrand (by John Wasdin)
Pitches-Strikes - John Wasdin 57-38, Joaquin Benoit 46-27, Ron Mahay 27-16, Doug Brocail 27-20, Brian Shouse 6-4, Francisco Cordero 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Wasdin 1-1, Joaquin Benoit 1-3, Ron Mahay 4-0, Doug Brocail 1-2, Brian Shouse 1-1
Batters Faced - John Wasdin 13, Joaquin Benoit 10, Ron Mahay 6, Doug Brocail 7, Brian Shouse 2, Francisco Cordero 2
Game Information
Attendance - 30242
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Mark Carlson