Texas at Toronto

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Toronto (54-54) «30000300x6130

Blue Jays 6, Rangers 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays took advantage of Jamey Wright's error.

Aaron Hill doubled home the go-ahead run after the error in a three-run sixth inning, Roy Halladay struck out nine and the Blue Jays beat the Rangers 6-4 Friday night for their sixth straight home win.

"They capitalized on our mistakes," Rangers outfielder Marlon Byrd said.

With the score 3-3, Vernon Wells singled off Wright (3-4) leading off the sixth and took third when the reliever fielded Frank Thomas' comebacker and threw the ball into center field for an error.

"I kind of double clutched it, then tried to throw it over there and just didn't have anything on the ball," a frustrated Wright said. "I didn't have my feet under me and the ball sailed away."

Hill followed with a double to left, and Gregg Zaun hit a two-run single.

"It's been a tough last week with a lack of run support for the pitchers," Hill said. "It was just good to show some energy, show some life and get things going."

Wells went 3-for-4 and scored twice.

"A lot of guys here look to him," Halladay said. "He's had to carry a lot of weight on his shoulders. Guys see that and see the effort and it goes a long way for guys who are grinding right now."

Halladay (12-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.

"We did a good job battling him," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He didn't have his great stuff tonight. His command was a little off, too. We made him work, we showed some patience."

Casey Janssen relieved Halladay with runners at the corners in the seventh and gave up an RBI single to Ian Kinsler. Michael Young then hit into a forceout, and Marlon Byrd grounded into a double play.

Janssen pitched a scoreless eighth and Jeremy Accardo finished for his 19th save in 23 chances.

Toronto is 32-20 at home and has outscored opponents 41-9 during its winning streak. The Blue Jays are 54-54 overall.

Texas dropped to 2-5 on a nine-game trip that followed a season-high, four-game winning streak. Kevin Millwood, winless in his last five starts, gave up three runs and eight hits in four innings.

"In the first couple of innings those guys did a good job of making him work hard," Washington said. "By the time we got to the third inning, he had close to 90-something pitches. That was just a little too much."

Byrd tripled home Frank Catalanotto in the first to put Texas ahead, but Toronto took a 3-1 lead in the bottom half on Wells' RBI single and Thomas' two-run double. The rally ended when Thomas was struck on the leg by Hill's single to center and was called out by second-base umpire Mike Estabrook.

Texas tied it 3-3 in the second on a two-out, two-run single by Kinsler, who had three RBI.


Alex Rios reached on an infield single in the third when his chopper became stuck in third baseman Ramon Vazquez's glove. ... Wright struck out six over four innings, a career high in a relief role.

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Players of the Game

V. Wells
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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    Jerry Hairston Jr., PR0000000 .190
Ian Kinsler, 2B5023002 .244
Michael Young, SS4000025 .300
Marlon Byrd, CF4011011 .325
Jason Botts, DH4000021 .083
Nelson Cruz, RF3010110 .217
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B4000012 .266
Gerald Laird, C4120011 .238
Ramon Vazquez, 3B3210111 .259
3B - Marlon Byrd (7, Halladay)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (38), Marlon Byrd (37)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (13), Marlon Byrd (21)
SB - Ian Kinsler (12, 2nd base off Halladay/Zaun)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Kinsler-Young, Vazquez-Saltalamacchia
E - Jamey Wright (1, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood 4833120 5.98
Jamey Wright (L,3-4) 4532160 4.57
IBB - Zaun by Jamey Wright
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 96-55, Jamey Wright 76-48
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 4-3, Jamey Wright 3-3
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 18, Jamey Wright 18
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF4020000 .272
Lyle Overbay, 1B4110022 .255
Alex Rios, RF3110121 .303
Troy Glaus, 3B4000012 .260
Vernon Wells, CF4231000 .259
Frank Thomas, DH4122001 .252
Aaron Hill, 2B4121012 .276
Gregg Zaun, C3022100 .242
John McDonald, SS4000024 .268
2B - Frank Thomas (16, Millwood), Aaron Hill (32, Wright)
RBI - Vernon Wells (57), Frank Thomas 2 (56), Aaron Hill (58), Gregg Zaun 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells (15), Frank Thomas 2 (28)
SB - Alex Rios (10, 2nd base off Millwood/Laird), Vernon Wells (7, 2nd base off Wright/Laird)
CS - Reed Johnson (1, 2nd base by Millwood/Laird)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Glaus-Hill-Overbay, Overbay-McDonald
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,12-5) 6744290 4.13
Casey Janssen (H,18) 2100100 2.30
Jeremy Accardo (S,19) 1100000 2.58
HBP - Catalanotto (by Roy Halladay)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 105-72, Casey Janssen 20-11, Jeremy Accardo 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 4-5, Casey Janssen 3-1, Jeremy Accardo 2-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 28, Casey Janssen 6, Jeremy Accardo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23777
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Charlie Reliford, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Larry Vanover