Toronto at Anaheim

Final 10th
L.A. Angels
W: J. Frasor (1-0) L: F. Rodriguez (0-1)
HR: TOR - None   ANA - M. Napoli (2)

Jays top Angels, score four runs in 10th inning

CBS wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A 10-inning victory left the Toronto Blue Jays feeling good about themselves. In the other clubhouse, there appeared to be some dissension.

Aaron Hill had an RBI double and Russ Adams added a two-run single during the four-run rally, lifting the Blue Jays to an 8-4 victory over the two-time defending AL West champion Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

While reporters were grilling Angels manager Mike Scioscia in his office about the team's 14th loss in 19 games, Darin Erstad's voice could be heard shouting at an unnamed teammate. But Erstad, who is on the disabled list, declined to talk about what was said or what precipitated his blowup.

"It's an emotional game," second baseman Adam Kennedy said. "It's a pretty tight clubhouse. And no matter what happens, I think everybody knows we're fighting for each other. Things happen, but there's one goal and everyone has that in mind."

Lyle Overbay started the winning rally with a double against Los Angeles closer Francisco Rodriguez, who was pitching his second inning. One out later, Rodriguez (0-1) intentionally walked former Angels catcher Bengie Molina, and Hill followed with a hit toward the gap in left-center.

"I was just looking for something I could drive," Hill said. "The first pitch just kind of ran away from me. I wasn't expecting a fastball on the next pitch, but I just reacted to the ball and hit it in the right direction. I've just been working on getting the barrel of the bat on the ball, and it definitely paid off tonight."

Adams added some insurance with a single to left-center that chased K-Rod, and Reed Johnson singled home the final run.

"All three of the base hits I gave up, my location was right down the middle," Rodriguez said. "They were all mistake pitches. And when you make in a game like that with the game on the line, you're going to get hurt. That's what I did. I just didn't make my pitch when I had to, and it cost me the game."

Jason Frasor (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings, striking out Tim Salmon with the bases loaded to end the ninth.

Mike Napoli's leadoff homer in the seventh pulled the Angels even at 4-all. They loaded the bases later in the inning, but center fielder Vernon Wells caught Salmon's drive on the warning track after a two-out intentional walk to Vladimir Guerrero.

Salmon got another chance with the bases loaded in the ninth after another intentional walk to Guerrero, but he looked at a third strike from Frasor that tailed in on him.

"You can't explain how big that was. Obviously, that won the game right there," Hill said. "They were in a situation where they really should have won. That's a great team, and I'm sure that probably won't happen again. But we were lucky tonight."

Toronto's Roy Halladay allowed four runs and eight hits over seven innings and struck out seven. He was coming off consecutive complete-game wins over the Angels and Tampa Bay that required 187 total pitches. The 2003 AL Cy Young winner has a 8.19 ERA in four career starts at Angel Stadium, by far his worst at any ballpark.

Brendan Donnelly relieved John Lackey after six innings and gave up a leadoff double by Johnson in the seventh, triggering an ugly chain of events that enabled Toronto to take a 4-3 lead.

Donnelly and first baseman Robb Quinlan collided while going for Wells' dribbling single, and right fielder Guerrero dropped Troy Glaus' flyball in short right-center, allowing Johnson to score and put Toronto ahead. However, Guerrero was not charged with an error after throwing to second base for the force on Wells.

Lackey allowed three runs and four hits in six innings and struck out three. The right-hander, who did not walk a batter in 15 innings over his previous two starts, walked Wells and Glaus with two out in the first and finished with five bases on balls. It was the first time this season that Lackey pitched with Napoli starting behind the plate.

"John was a little careful with the middle of their lineup," pitching coach Bud Black said. "He pitched Troy overly careful and he was careful with Wells also. I think John knew that he was going to be a tight game with Halladay, so he tried to make -- I wouldn't say perfect pitches, but he was really thinking about not leaving the ball in the middle of the plate. And a lot of times when you do that, you end up coming out of your game a little bit."

Lackey walked Glaus for the second time to open the sixth, and the Blue Jays tied it 3-all with consecutive RBI doubles by Overbay and Alex Rios.


  • OF-3B Chone Figgins, who had started each of the Angels' first 40 games, came in as a pinch-runner in the seventh and remained in the game. He had committed at error in five of his last previous games and was 6-for-44 over his previous 11 contests.
  • The Blue Jays will recall RHP Ty Taubenheim to make his major league debut on Saturday at Coors Field in place of the injured Gustavo Chacin, who is on the DL because of a sprained elbow and forearm.
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Aaron Hill drives in a pair of the Blue Jay's four runs in the 10th inning vs. the Angels.  (AP)
Aaron Hill drives in a pair of the Blue Jay's four runs in the 10th inning vs. the Angels. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Hill
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

L. Overbay
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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MLB Thursday winners and losers (0:57)
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF6120013 .364
Frank Catalanotto, DH5000112 .305
Vernon Wells, CF5020101 .350
Troy Glaus, 3B2102210 .261
Lyle Overbay, 1B5221005 .298
Alex Rios, RF5011021 .356
Gregg Zaun, C4010011 .339
    Eric Hinske, PR0000000 .259
    Bengie Molina, C0100100 .291
Aaron Hill, 2B4121111 .206
John McDonald, SS3110002 .231
   a- Russ Adams, PH-SS2112012 .255
a-struck out for McDonald in the 8th
2B - Reed Johnson (5, Donnelly), Lyle Overbay 2 (7, Lackey, Rodriguez), Alex Rios (14, Lackey), Aaron Hill (8, Rodriguez)
SF - Troy Glaus (3)
RBI - Troy Glaus 2 (34), Lyle Overbay (24), Alex Rios (29), Aaron Hill (10), Russ Adams 2 (16)
SB - John McDonald (4, 2nd base off Lackey/Napoli)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Speier-Glaus
E - Vernon Wells (2, Misplayed batted ball)
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay 7844271 3.04
Scott Schoeneweis 0.1000010 7.30
Justin Speier 0.2300000 1.84
Scott Downs 0.1000000 4.58
Jason Frasor (W,1-0) 1.2000130 8.31
IBB - Guerrero by Roy Halladay, Guerrero by Jason Frasor
WP - Roy Halladay (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 93-61, Scott Schoeneweis 5-3, Justin Speier 15-11, Scott Downs 5-2, Jason Frasor 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 9-5
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 31, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Justin Speier 4, Scott Downs 1, Jason Frasor 6
Los Angeles Angels
Adam Kennedy, 2B5111024 .268
Orlando Cabrera, SS5111002 .272
Vladimir Guerrero, RF3011200 .314
Tim Salmon, DH4000116 .264
Dallas McPherson, 3B-1B5000032 .211
Juan Rivera, LF4010010 .239
    Erick Aybar, PR0000000 .000
    Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B1000000 .104
Mike Napoli, C5231011 .333
Robb Quinlan, 1B3010011 .286
    Chone Figgins, PR-3B^LF1010000 .256
Tommy Murphy, CF4020021 .292
2B - Adam Kennedy (7, Halladay), Juan Rivera (4, Speier)
HR - Mike Napoli (2, Halladay)
RBI - Adam Kennedy (18), Orlando Cabrera (26), Vladimir Guerrero (35), Mike Napoli (4)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Kennedy (10), Orlando Cabrera (10), Vladimir Guerrero (11)
SB - Mike Napoli (1, 2nd base off Halladay/Zaun), Chone Figgins (14, 2nd base off Speier/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Vladimir Guerrero 1
E - Vladimir Guerrero (3, Misplayed batted ball)
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey 6433530 3.70
Brendan Donnelly 0.2211010 3.26
J.C. Romero 0.1000000 6.19
Scot Shields 1200020 0.79
Francisco Rodriguez (L,0-1) 1.1343120 3.63
Hector Carrasco 0.2100000 3.90
IBB - Molina by Francisco Rodriguez
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 104-59, Brendan Donnelly 20-14, J.C. Romero 7-4, Scot Shields 21-15, Francisco Rodriguez 32-18, Hector Carrasco 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 4-11, Brendan Donnelly 1-0, J.C. Romero 1-0, Scot Shields 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1, Hector Carrasco 2-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 27, Brendan Donnelly 4, J.C. Romero 1, Scot Shields 5, Francisco Rodriguez 8, Hector Carrasco 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37850
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Brian Runge