Tampa Bay at Toronto

Tampa Bay
W: T. Lilly (14-12) L: J. Howell (0-3)
HR: TB - None   TOR - None

Lilly wins fourth straight for Jays as Rays continue slide

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- In their sixth straight loss, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays got some good news: Reliever Edwin Jackson felt fine after being hit in the back of the head by a line drive.

Jackson was forced to leave Saturday's game in the eighth inning after being struck by Adam Lind's drive. The Toronto Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 6-1.

"It's nothing. It feels like I got punched in the back of the head," Jackson said.

A Blue Jays doctor examined Jackson and said he was OK.

"I didn't fall down and I still knew what was going on," Jackson said. "I had memory of everything that happened before and after."

Lind's liner caromed into foul territory by third base and went for a double.

"The sound of the ball hitting him, it sounded awful," Lind said.

Jackson grabbed at the back of his head and quickly left the mound. Worried teammates rushed to his side, but Jackson walked to the dugout and didn't look woozy.

"That was scary. Some people just don't come back from that," teammate Delmon Young said. "A lot of things can go wrong when you get hit with that velocity in the back of the head. It's a good thing he's all right. He'll be back on the mound in a couple of days."

Last month, Seattle reliever Rafael Soriano was hit in the head by Vladimir Guerrero's line drive in a game against the Angels. Soriano sustained a mild concussion and was finished for the season.

Jackson said he struck above his left eye by a liner when he was 16 years old. He had six stitches and still has a scar from it.

Ted Lilly (14-12) won his fourth straight decision. The left-hander, who is eligible for free agency this offseason, allowed one run and six hits in six innings.

"I expected to do more this year than last," said Lilly, who went 10-11 with a 5.56 ERA last year.

Young had three hits. He also threw out Jason Phillips at the plate on the fly from right field.

Phillips' RBI ground-rule double and Reed Johnson's run-scoring single gave Toronto a 2-0 lead in the second.

Dioner Navarro's RBI single cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth, but Toronto put the game away in the sixth with the four runs.

Vernon Wells led off with a walk and Troy Glaus chased starter Jay Howell (0-3) with a double off the wall in center.

Bengie Molina followed with a grounder to third baseman B.J. Upton, whose throw to first sailed over the first baseman's head and allowed Wells to score.

Lind's pinch-hit single off Jon Switzer scored Toronto's fourth run. John McDonald followed with a bloop, two-run double to give Toronto a 6-1 lead.


  • Toronto RF Alex Rios has not had an at-bat in seven games.
  • Young has hit in 10 straight games.
  • Tampa Bay's Thomas Perez stumbled and fell just before he reached third on Young's single in the third. His teammates chuckled.
  • Lilly won for the first time in four starts against Tampa Bay.
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The Blue Jays' Bengie Molina is congratulated at home as he scores against the Devil Rays.  (AP)
The Blue Jays' Bengie Molina is congratulated at home as he scores against the Devil Rays. (AP)

Players of the Game

T. Lilly
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 3

J. McDonald
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Ben Zobrist, SS4000001 .232
Delmon Young, RF4030010 .394
Carl Crawford, LF4000014 .304
Ty Wigginton, 1B4110022 .262
Jorge Cantu, DH3000110 .243
Damon Hollins, CF3010000 .223
Dioner Navarro, C4011001 .260
B.J. Upton, 3B4000003 .238
Tomas Perez, 2B3010012 .210
2B - Delmon Young 2 (7, Lilly, Lilly), Damon Hollins (17, Accardo)
SH - Damon Hollins (2)
RBI - Dioner Navarro (28)
SB - Delmon Young (2, 3rd base off Lilly/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Delmon Young 1
DP - Zobrist-T. Perez-Wigginton, Wigginton-Zobrist-Howell, Zobrist-T. Perez-Wigginton, Zobrist-Wigginton, Jackson-Zobrist-Wigginton
E - B.J. Upton (12, )
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
J.P. Howell (L,0-3) 5944210 6.53
Shawn Camp 0.1021110 4.56
Jon Switzer 0.2200100 4.40
Edwin Jackson 1.1200110 6.37
Ruddy Lugo 0.2000010 4.06
IBB - Overbay by Shawn Camp, Johnson by Jon Switzer
WP - Edwin Jackson (3)
Pitches-Strikes - J.P. Howell 80-51, Shawn Camp 10-6, Jon Switzer 10-6, Edwin Jackson 26-15, Ruddy Lugo 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.P. Howell 4-6, Shawn Camp 1-0, Jon Switzer 1-0, Edwin Jackson 2-0, Ruddy Lugo 1-0
Batters Faced - J.P. Howell 22, Shawn Camp 3, Jon Switzer 4, Edwin Jackson 6, Ruddy Lugo 2
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, RF-LF4021111 .319
Frank Catalanotto, LF4020002 .305
    Alex Rios, RF0000000 .292
Vernon Wells, CF3110102 .310
Troy Glaus, 3B4110013 .252
Bengie Molina, C3210100 .284
Aaron Hill, 2B3000124 .290
Lyle Overbay, 1B3210101 .309
Jason Phillips, DH2021000 .250
   a- Adam Lind, PH-DH2021000 .429
John McDonald, SS4012004 .213
a-singled for Phillips in the 6th
2B - Frank Catalanotto (32, Howell), Troy Glaus (27, Howell), Jason Phillips (5, Howell), Adam Lind (7, Jackson), John McDonald (6, Switzer)
RBI - Reed Johnson (45), Jason Phillips (6), Adam Lind (5), John McDonald 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Reed Johnson (19)
Team LOB - 7
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly (W,14-12) 6611130 4.44
Brandon League 1000010 2.52
Jason Frasor 1000010 4.15
Jeremy Accardo 1100010 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 95-64, Brandon League 14-10, Jason Frasor 7-5, Jeremy Accardo 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 3-12, Brandon League 1-1, Jason Frasor 2-0, Jeremy Accardo 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 25, Brandon League 3, Jason Frasor 3, Jeremy Accardo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30698
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman