Tampa Bay at Toronto

Freshly activated Zaun cranks go-ahead homer for Jays

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TORONTO -- Gregg Zaun made an immediate impact in his return from the disabled list.

Zaun hit a go-ahead homer and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-4 on Saturday.

Zaun -- activated before the game after being sidelined with a sore right calf -- gave Toronto a 5-4 lead with a two-run homer off Jason Childers (0-1) in the fifth.

"It was really a nice moment for me to put us ahead and to contribute first day back," Zaun said. "I haven't felt the calf in a week. I felt good. There weren't any inhibitions about moving around the bases."

Brian Tallet (1-0) pitched 2 2/3 innings for his first win since his first career victory on Sept. 16, 2002, against Boston.

"It's been a long road with surgery and all," said Tallet, who underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2003.

Nick Green and Damon Hollins each had two hits for the Devil Rays, who rallied from a six-run deficit to beat Toronto 9-8 on Friday.

Toronto starter Ted Lilly struggled in his first start of the season, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on six walks and four hits. Lilly's start was pushed back because of a sore back.

"We tried pretty much everything to get something going, some sort of a pitch going. It was a tough day for him," Zaun said.

Toronto's new acquisitions continued to produce as Troy Glaus walked three times and Lyle Overbay hit an RBI single.

Tomas Perez gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI single.

Lilly issued three straight walks to Green, Jonny Gomes and Aubrey Huff before Ty Wigginton hit a grounder to Glaus at third base. His throw to the plate hit Green in the helmet and rolled to the backstop, allowing two runs to score.

Hollins followed with an RBI single to give Tampa Bay 4-0 lead.

Frank Catalanotto hit a run-scoring double in the bottom half for the Blue Jays.

Aaron Hill's sacrifice fly and Catalanotto's RBI single cut it to 4-3 in the fourth.

After Eric Hinske walked in the fifth, Zaun homered to give Toronto the lead for good.

"After getting two quick outs I had a walk and then fell behind Zaun 2-0. I wanted to get a fastball over for a strike and I got more of the plate than I wanted to and he took care of business," Childers said.

The Blue Jays added four runs in the sixth. Overbay, Shea Hillenbrand and Eric Hinske had RBI singles in the inning.


  • The Blue Jays designated catcher Jason Phillips for assignment to make room for Zaun.
  • Toronto first base coach Marty Pevey was sent home because he was experiencing nausea. Hitting coach Mickey Brantley took over his duties at first.
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Gregg Zaun gets congratulations from teammate Eric Hinske after Zaun's two-run job in the fifth.  (AP)
Gregg Zaun gets congratulations from teammate Eric Hinske after Zaun's two-run job in the fifth. (AP)

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Carl Crawford, LF5000006 .286
Nick Green, SS4120110 .200
Jonny Gomes, DH3100221 .357
Aubrey Huff, 3B3110101 .200
Ty Wigginton, 1B3100111 .333
Damon Hollins, RF4021010 .467
Josh Paul, C3000022 .250
Tomas Perez, 2B3011110 .200
Joey Gathright, CF4010003 .333
2B - Damon Hollins (2, Lilly)
SH - Josh Paul (1)
RBI - Damon Hollins (2), Tomas Perez (1)
CS - Nick Green (1, 2nd base by Tallet/Zaun)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Joey Gathright 1
DP - Gathright-Huff
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Doug Waechter 3.2633220 7.36
Jason Childers (L,0-1) 1.1122221 11.57
Travis Harper 2533120 9.00
Ruddy Lugo 1100000 5.40
HBP - Catalanotto (by Doug Waechter), Hillenbrand (by Ruddy Lugo)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Waechter 69-43, Jason Childers 23-11, Travis Harper 42-29, Ruddy Lugo 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Childers 1-1, Travis Harper 1-2, Ruddy Lugo 1-2
Batters Faced - Doug Waechter 20, Jason Childers 7, Travis Harper 11, Ruddy Lugo 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS5120010 .294
Frank Catalanotto, LF3032000 .500
    Reed Johnson, PR-LF1100000 .429
Vernon Wells, CF4010102 .409
Troy Glaus, 3B2100314 .316
Lyle Overbay, 1B5111025 .400
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4121010 .278
Eric Hinske, RF3221100 .286
    Alex Rios, RF1000002 .357
Gregg Zaun, C4112013 .250
Aaron Hill, 2B3011000 .278
2B - Russ Adams (2, Waechter), Frank Catalanotto (2, Waechter), Vernon Wells (1, R. Lugo), Aaron Hill (2, Harper)
HR - Gregg Zaun (1, Childers)
SF - Aaron Hill (1)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto 2 (3), Lyle Overbay (4), Shea Hillenbrand (3), Eric Hinske (1), Gregg Zaun 2 (2), Aaron Hill (2)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (2), Lyle Overbay (2), Shea Hillenbrand (1), Eric Hinske (1), Gregg Zaun 2 (2)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Overbay
E - Troy Glaus (1, Wild throw)
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly 2.1443620 11.57
Brian Tallet (W,1-0) 2.2200030 4.50
Jason Frasor (H,1) 1100010 13.50
Justin Speier 2000020 2.25
Scott Schoeneweis 1000000 0.00
WP - Brian Tallet (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 67-32, Brian Tallet 41-27, Jason Frasor 17-10, Justin Speier 31-19, Scott Schoeneweis 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 3-2, Brian Tallet 2-2, Jason Frasor 2-0, Justin Speier 2-2, Scott Schoeneweis 2-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 17, Brian Tallet 9, Jason Frasor 4, Justin Speier 6, Scott Schoeneweis 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18755
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi