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Toronto wins in 18 as Blue Jays, Angels double the fun

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Pete Walker didn't want to be the one who disappointed the fans who stayed around for the longest game in Toronto Blue Jays history and the longest in the majors this season.

Orlando Hudson's RBI single in the bottom of the 18th ended the marathon and the Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Thursday night.

What was left of the crowd of 19,707 erupted in cheers when it was announced it was Toronto's longest game.

"They announced it was the longest when I was out there and I figured I didn't want to be the one to mess it up," Walker (4-3) said. "Quite a few people stuck around. It was nice to see."

Toronto's previous record was 17 innings, done three times previously. The last was April 19, 2001, a 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees.

Walker -- Toronto's seventh pitcher -- worked three innings for the victory in the game that was 0-0 after eight innings and saw both teams score a run in the ninth.

Alex Rios singled off Scot Shields (6-6) with one out in the 18th, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Hudson singled to right past a drawn-in, five-man infield to end it. The previous longest this season was 15 innings, San Diego's 5-4 victory over Arizona on April 29.

"I want to go home. I want to go to sleep. I want to eat," said Toronto's Vernon Wells, who went 2-for-7. "It was the first for a lot of us, playing in a game that long. It was just good we came out on the winning end."

The game took 4 hours, 50 minutes, the longest in the majors this season.

There were two 18-inning games last season.

"That's a lot of game right there," Toronto catcher Gregg Zaun said.

The Blue Jays swept Los Angeles for the first time since May 24-27, 2004. The Blue Jays have won seven of nine overall despite missing ace Roy Halladay, who could return from the disabled list as early as Tuesday after being sidelined since July 8 with a broken bone in his left leg.

The Angels tied a season-high with their fourth straight loss. They have scored just four runs in their last 50 innings.

"These guys have been frustrated for 10 or 15 games," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're about as stagnant as I've seen."

The Angels played 20 innings twice, the last time April 13, 1982, against Seattle.

Scioscia said they will try to add a pitcher to the roster on Friday after using six against the Blue Jays.

Down 1-0 in the ninth, the Blue Jays rallied off Angels closer Franciso Rodriguez, who blew a save for the third time this season.

Russ Adams led off with a walk before Wells blooped a broken bat single to right, advancing Adams to third. Shea Hillenbrand followed with a broken bat single over shortstop Orlando Cabrera, allowing Adams to score the tying run.

Rodriguez loaded the bases by intentionally walking Corey Koskie, then struck out Aaron Hill and Zaun to escape the jam.

Los Angeles scored its lone run in the ninth.

After Juan Rivera tripled off Toronto starter Dave Bush with one out. Bush intentionally walked Garret Anderson to face Bengie Molina.

Vladimir Guerrero pinch hit, but Bush intentionally walked him. Steve Finley followed with an RBI grounder off Scott Schoeneweis.

Bush allowed one run and five hits in 8 1/3 innings. The right-hander was 0-5 in 10 starts to begin the season with Toronto before being sent to the minors on May 29. He was recalled on July 22 and won his first start back in the majors.

Los Angeles starter John Lackey pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine.

Notes

  • Toronto prospect Dustin McGowan will replace injured LHP Ted Lilly on Saturday. Blue Jays said they will decide whether to put Lilly on the 15-day DL on Friday. Lilly left Sunday's start against Kansas City after four innings after experiencing discomfort in his left shoulder.
  • Guerrero didn't start because of tightness in his right calf.
  • Los Angeles LF Chone Figgins stole his career-high 35th base.
 
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Grateful Russ Adams (left) thanks Alex Rios for scoring the winner and finally ending the game.  (AP)
Grateful Russ Adams (left) thanks Alex Rios for scoring the winner and finally ending the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

O. Hudson
AB 7
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Anaheim

J. Lackey
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 9
 
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, LF8010034 .286
Darin Erstad, 1B8010012 .279
Juan Rivera, RF4010002 .239
    Jeff DaVanon, PR-RF2100200 .235
Garret Anderson, DH7000123 .289
Bengie Molina, C3000000 .295
   a- Vladimir Guerrero, PH0000100 .310
    Jose Molina, PR-C3000003 .219
Steve Finley, CF7011000 .233
Orlando Cabrera, SS7020023 .247
Maicer Izturis, 3B6010001 .286
Adam Kennedy, 2B7020022 .331
Totals6219141020 
a-was walked intentionally for Molina in the 9th
Batting
2B - Darin Erstad (26, Walker)
3B - Juan Rivera (1, Bush)
SH - Maicer Izturis (1)
RBI - Steve Finley (43)
SB - Chone Figgins (35, 2nd base off Bush/Zaun), Jeff DaVanon (9, 2nd base off Frasor/Zaun)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Molina-Kennedy
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey 8400190 3.70
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,3) 1211230 1.99
Brendan Donnelly 2000010 3.25
Esteban Yan 3000030 3.83
Joel Peralta 3100110 4.00
Scot Shields (L,6-6) 0.1211000 2.26
IBB - Koskie by Francisco Rodriguez
WP - Scot Shields (8)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 109-70, Francisco Rodriguez 29-16, Brendan Donnelly 28-19, Esteban Yan 28-17, Joel Peralta 35-23, Scot Shields 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 8-5, Brendan Donnelly 2-3, Esteban Yan 3-3, Joel Peralta 3-5, Scot Shields 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 27, Francisco Rodriguez 7, Brendan Donnelly 6, Esteban Yan 9, Joel Peralta 11, Scot Shields 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS6110110 .262
Frank Catalanotto, LF6000121 .306
Vernon Wells, CF7020021 .278
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B7011032 .298
Corey Koskie, 3B6010132 .245
Aaron Hill, DH6000023 .300
Gregg Zaun, C7000024 .269
Reed Johnson, RF4010010 .277
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000010 .246
    Alex Rios, RF1110100 .285
Orlando Hudson, 2B7021003 .272
Totals5829241716 
a-struck out for Johnson in the 13th
Batting
SH - Aaron Hill (1)
RBI - Shea Hillenbrand (59), Orlando Hudson (45)
SB - Alex Rios (9, 2nd base off Shields/Molina)
CS - Frank Catalanotto (2, 2nd base by Lackey/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Shea Hillenbrand (7, Dropped foul)
Toronto Blue Jays
Dave Bush 8.1511240 4.33
Scott Schoeneweis 0.1000000 4.46
Justin Speier 1.1000030 2.54
Vinnie Chulk 3000000 3.59
Jason Frasor 1000110 4.11
Miguel Batista 1100000 2.92
Pete Walker (W,4-3) 3300120 2.89
IBB - G. Anderson by Dave Bush, by Guerrero
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 106-65, Scott Schoeneweis 4-3, Justin Speier 18-14, Vinnie Chulk 28-20, Jason Frasor 19-10, Miguel Batista 15-8, Pete Walker 40-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 9-12, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Justin Speier 1-0, Vinnie Chulk 5-4, Jason Frasor 1-1, Miguel Batista 2-1, Pete Walker 3-4
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 32, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Justin Speier 4, Vinnie Chulk 9, Jason Frasor 4, Miguel Batista 4, Pete Walker 13
Game Information
Attendance - 19706
Game Time - 4:50
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi