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Catalanotto helps Rangers top Jays in 14-inning marathon

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- A.J. Burnett's wild pitch led to a wild win for the Texas Rangers.

Frank Catalanotto scored the go-ahead run on Burnett's wild pitch in the 14th inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 on Wednesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.

"We certainly showed some fight and a lot of character tonight," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We got the monkey off our backs."

With the bullpen depleted, Burnett (1-1) relieved in the 14th, his first relief appearance since Oct. 3, 2004, with Florida at Philadelphia. Burnett, who started in Texas on Sunday, became Toronto's ninth pitcher of the game, tying a team record.

Gerald Laird greeted Burnett with a single and went to third on Catalanotto's one-out double just inside the first-base line.

With the infield in, Laird tried to score on Michael Young's grounder and was thrown out at the plate. Catalanotto moved to third on the play and scored one pitch later when Burnett threw a pitch through catcher Gregg Zaun's legs.

Catalanotto said third base coach Matt Walbeck warned him to look out for a ball in the dirt.

"Two seconds before it happened he said, 'Cat, be ready for a wild pitch,' " Catalanotto said. "I got an extra five feet and I was ready for it. Once it got by I knew I had a chance to score.

"(Burnett) throws a pretty nasty curveball so you've got to be ready at all times when he's on the mound," he added.

Zaun shouldered the blame for letting Burnett's pitch reach the backstop.

"It's frustrating," Zaun said. "It's one thing when the other team takes it to you and beats you. But when something as simple as a ball getting between my legs is possibly the difference in the ballgame, that's hard to swallow."

Josh Hamilton followed with an RBI double. Hamilton finished 4-for-7 and drove in two runs -- for the first time in seven games, he did not score.

Burnett said he'll be ready again in time for his scheduled start Friday against Detroit.

"I'm ready to go, no problem," he said.

Catalanotto also homered and Jason Botts hit a solo home run and two-run double for the Rangers. Milton Bradley drew five walks, two of them intentional, and extended his hitting streak to 11 games while going 2-for-3.

Dustin Nippert (1-1) worked one inning for the victory and C.J. Wilson closed it out for his fourth save.

Few fans from the announced crowd of 15,686 remained when the final pitch was thrown at midnight, four hours and 53 minutes after the game began.

Laird, who caught all 14 innings, was icing down his legs in the clubhouse but still smiling.

"I was feeling good through nine and then, all of a sudden, I started getting a little tired in the 12th," Laird said. "It was fun, I enjoyed every minute of it out there."

Toronto rookie Jesse Carlson struck out three straight to escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 11th.

The Blue Jays put runners at first and third with one out in the 10th, but Joe Inglett fouled off a suicide squeeze attempt before grounding into an inning-ending double play.

Trailing 5-2, Toronto tied it with three runs in the eighth against reliever Joaquin Benoit. Frank Thomas walked, pinch-hitter Matt Stairs singled and Lyle Overbay walked before Benoit issued a bases-loaded walk to Marco Scutaro.

Wes Littleton came on to face pinch-hitter Inglett, who grounded to first baseman Ben Broussard, who had replaced Botts for defensive purposes in the seventh. Broussard tried to get a force at second, but threw wildly into left field, allowing two runs to score and tying it at 5.

Texas has made eight errors in its past six games and leads the AL with 17.

Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock left in the 10th with a sore lower back and was replaced by Adam Melhuse. Washington said Blalock tweaked his back making a throw to first in the eighth.

"He just hit wrong and felt a little tightness in his back," Washington said. "Rather than send him back out there on that turf, we just decided to shut him down. We'll re-evaluate him tomorrow."

Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler was held out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, but pinch-hit for Ramon Vazquez in the sixth.

Rangers left-hander Kason Gabbard gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings.

"I don't even know how long I sat in the clubhouse for, but it was a good win," Gabbard said.

Toronto righty Jesse Litsch gave up four runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. He walked none and struck out five.

Notes

  • Rangers RHP Kevin Millwood, hit on the left shin by Torii Hunter's line drive Tuesday, is expected to be fine in time for his next scheduled start Sunday at Boston.
  • OF Shannon Stewart (sore groin) got the day off for Toronto, but could be ready to play Thursday, manager John Gibbons said.
  • A hard liner by Thomas ripped the glove off Littleton's hand in the ninth, but the reliever recovered to get the out, sending the game into extra innings.
  • The Blue Jays returned RHP Randy Wells, a Rule 5 draft pick, to the Chicago Cubs.
 
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Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson rejoices after his team finally closes the book in the 14th.  (US Presswire)
Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson rejoices after his team finally closes the book in the 14th. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Texas

J. Hamilton
AB 7
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Toronto

M. Scutaro
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
Frank Catalanotto, LF-1B7331110 .231
Michael Young, SS8120004 .234
Josh Hamilton, RF-CF7042101 .311
Milton Bradley, DH3120510 .362
Hank Blalock, 3B5120005 .302
    Adam Melhuse, 3B3000037 .154
Jason Botts, 1B4123023 .222
    Ben Broussard, 1B1000012 .200
   a- Marlon Byrd, PH-RF1000113 .129
David Murphy, CF-LF70100211 .273
Gerald Laird, C7020003 .233
Ramon Vazquez, 2B2000010 .273
   b- Ian Kinsler, PH-2B4000111 .267
Totals597186913  
a-struck out for Broussard in the 11th
b-was walked intentionally for Vazquez in the 6th
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto 2 (4, Litsch, Burnett), Michael Young (2, Carlson), Josh Hamilton 2 (5, Wolfe, Burnett), Milton Bradley (6, Litsch), Jason Botts (1, Tallet)
HR - Frank Catalanotto (1, Accardo), Jason Botts (1, Litsch)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto (2), Josh Hamilton 2 (15), Jason Botts 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (2), Josh Hamilton 2 (5)
SB - Ian Kinsler (4, 2nd base off Tallet/Barajas)
Team LOB - 19
Fielding
DP - Blalock-Vazquez-Botts, Young-Kinsler-Broussard, Kinsler-Broussard
PB - Gerald Laird (1)
E - Ben Broussard (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Kason Gabbard 6722220 2.41
Jamey Wright (H,1) 1000110 1.04
Joaquin Benoit (H,2) 0.1132300 5.06
Wes Littleton (BS,1) 2.2200000 0.00
Franklyn German 2200120 1.17
Dustin Nippert (W,1-1) 1100000 11.81
C.J. Wilson (S,4) 1000000 0.00
HBP - Eckstein (by Kason Gabbard)
Pitches-Strikes - Kason Gabbard 94-57, Jamey Wright 16-10, Joaquin Benoit 29-12, Wes Littleton 23-20, Franklyn German 35-20, Dustin Nippert 13-8, C.J. Wilson 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kason Gabbard 9-6, Jamey Wright 1-0, Wes Littleton 7-1, Franklyn German 2-2, Dustin Nippert 1-2, C.J. Wilson 1-2
Batters Faced - Kason Gabbard 27, Jamey Wright 3, Joaquin Benoit 5, Wes Littleton 10, Franklyn German 9, Dustin Nippert 4, C.J. Wilson 3
Toronto Blue Jays
David Eckstein, SS5110100 .281
Aaron Hill, 2B5110114 .328
Alex Rios, RF7031003 .316
Vernon Wells, CF6011103 .328
Frank Thomas, DH6110103 .192
Rod Barajas, C3000005 .313
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1110000 .314
    Gregg Zaun, C3010000 .244
Lyle Overbay, 1B6120120 .281
Marco Scutaro, LF-3B4021200 .220
John McDonald, 3B3000012 .111
   b- Joe Inglett, PH-LF3001013 .375
Totals52513475  
a-singled for Barajas in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice for McDonald in the 8th
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (4, Gabbard), Alex Rios (5, Gabbard)
SH - Aaron Hill (2)
RBI - Alex Rios (10), Vernon Wells (15), Marco Scutaro (3), Joe Inglett (4)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Marco Scutaro 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Jesse Litsch 5944051 4.60
Brian Tallet 0.2100200 2.00
Jason Frasor 0.1000000 2.08
Scott Downs 1100110 0.00
Jeremy Accardo 1111001 8.53
B.J. Ryan 1000210 0.00
Brian Wolfe 1200100 3.68
Jesse Carlson 3100240 1.35
A.J. Burnett (L,1-1) 1322120 7.27
IBB - Kinsler by Brian Tallet, Bradley by Brian Wolfe, Bradley by Jesse Carlson, by Byrd
WP - A.J. Burnett (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Litsch 94-59, Brian Tallet 18-8, Jason Frasor 4-2, Scott Downs 22-12, Jeremy Accardo 15-11, B.J. Ryan 27-15, Brian Wolfe 17-9, Jesse Carlson 43-27, A.J. Burnett 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Litsch 5-4, Brian Tallet 2-0, Scott Downs 1-1, Jeremy Accardo 1-2, Brian Wolfe 1-2, Jesse Carlson 3-2, A.J. Burnett 1-0
Batters Faced - Jesse Litsch 23, Brian Tallet 5, Jason Frasor 1, Scott Downs 5, Jeremy Accardo 4, B.J. Ryan 5, Brian Wolfe 6, Jesse Carlson 12, A.J. Burnett 7
Game Information
Attendance - 15686
Game Time - 4:53
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Charlie Reliford