SEATTLE -- Since his tangle with manager John Gibbons, Ted Lilly has been pitching pretty well.
Lilly (13-12), who won 12 games in 2003 with Oakland and in 2004 with Toronto, allowed two runs, struck out five and walked two.
"Teddy's been on a roll," Gibbons said. "If you look back. he's been as steady as anyone."
Lilly has won three of four starts since Aug. 21, when he and Gibbons exchanged words on the mound, then confronted each other between the dugout and clubhouse.
"It's easier for a manager to manage a game when a starting pitcher goes out there and puts out quality starts," Lilly said. "I'm certainly not satisfied with this. I still felt that at the beginning of the year that I'd be further along and we'd certainly be further along as a team."
Eduardo Perez went 0-for-3 against Lilly.
"I was in awe my first three at-bats," he said. "I don't think I saw a ball today, it was all strikes."
Brandon League and Jeremy Accardo finished the five-hitter for the Blue Jays (75-69), who closed within 1½ games of second-place Boston (76-67) in the AL East.
Jake Woods (4-3) gave up five runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He has not pitched six innings in any of his five major league starts.
Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Vernon Wells and Bengie Molina, then made it 5-0 in the fourth. Adam Lind, batting .450 (9-for-20) since he came up from the minors on Aug. 23, hit a bloop run-scoring single, John McDonald brought in a run with a squeeze bunt and Reed Johnson hit run-scoring single.
"We've always heard that the kid can hit," Gibbons said of Lind. "He's one of those kids that was born to hit."
Lilly threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the fifth, and Jose Lopez had an RBI grounder. Wells had an RBI double in the seventh off Emiliano Fruto.
Fruto, who allowed just the Wells' hit in 2 2/3 innings, came on with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and got McDonald to ground into a double play on his first pitch.
|Ted Lilly hasn't won more than 12 games in a season, until now. He K's five and his ERA is now 4.55. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Reed Johnson, RF-LF||3||2||1||1||1||0||1|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Alex Rios, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||1||2||2||0||1||1|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||1|
|Bengie Molina, C||4||0||2||1||0||0||0|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2|
|Aaron Hill, 2B-SS||2||1||0||0||2||0||0|
|Adam Lind, DH||3||1||2||1||1||0||0|
|John McDonald, SS||1||0||0||1||0||1||1|
|a- Gregg Zaun, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Russ Adams, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|a-grounded into a double play for McDonald in the 6th|
|2B - Vernon Wells (, Fruto), Bengie Molina (, Woods), Lyle Overbay (, Woods)|
|SH - Frank Catalanotto (), John McDonald ()|
|RBI - Reed Johnson (), Vernon Wells 2 (), Bengie Molina (), Adam Lind (), John McDonald ()|
|2-OUT RBI - Reed Johnson (), Bengie Molina ()|
|SB - Vernon Wells (, 3rd base off Woods/Johjima)|
|CS - Reed Johnson (, 2nd base by Woods/Johjima)|
|PK - Vernon Wells (, Fruto)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - McDonald-Hill-Overbay|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Ted Lilly (W,-)||7||4||2||2||2||5||0|
|WP - Ted Lilly ()|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 108-74, Brandon League 6-5, Jeremy Accardo 18-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 10-5, Brandon League 2-0, Jeremy Accardo 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 26, Brandon League 3, Jeremy Accardo 4|
|Ichiro Suzuki, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||1|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||2|
|Eduardo Perez, DH||3||0||0||0||0||2||1|
|a- Ben Broussard, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Kenji Johjima, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|Mike Morse, RF||2||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|b- Greg Dobbs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|T.J. Bohn, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|a-struck out for Perez in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Morse in the 8th|
|2B - Raul Ibanez (, Accardo), Kenji Johjima (, Lilly)|
|RBI - Jose Lopez ()|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - J. Lopez-Sexson, Sexson-Johjima|
|E - Kenji Johjima (, Throwing)|
|Jake Woods (L,-)||5.1||8||5||5||3||4||0|
|IBB - Hill by Jake Woods|
|HBP - Johnson (by Jake Woods)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Woods 104-62, Emiliano Fruto 29-18, Cesar Jimenez 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Woods 7-3, Emiliano Fruto 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Jake Woods 26, Emiliano Fruto 8, Cesar Jimenez 3|
|Attendance - 24462|
|Game Time - 2:41|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|