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PITTSBURGH -- The Toronto Blue Jays got a new manager, a bad scare and the same old result on a night much changed but, actually, not much changed at all.
Shortstop John McDonald misplayed Jason Michaels' hard-hit grounder with the bases loaded and none out for a game-ending error in the 12th inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates ruined Cito Gaston's return as the Blue Jays' manager with a 1-0 victory Friday night.
Jays ace Roy Halladay pitched seven shutout innings, but was lifted after being struck on the right temple by Nyjer Morgan's line drive that deflected to third baseman Scott Rolen for an inning-ending out in the seventh. Halladay, who had precautionary X-rays after the game, apparently was not injured and is expected to make his next start.
The Blue Jays didn't announce until minutes before the game ended that the ball struck Halladay in the head. TV replays appeared to show the ball striking the pitcher's glove before deflecting to Rolen.
"He seems to be doing well and hopefully it's a minor little bruise," catcher Rod Barajas said.
Doug Mientkiewicz doubled for his third hit to start the 12th against Jesse Carlson (1-1), Toronto's fifth pitcher, and Jack Wilson singled off the plate on a ball that traveled about 45 feet down the third-base line.
"You're just hoping to get something going there," Mientkiewicz said.
He did. Jason Frasor replaced Carlson to walk Raul Chavez and load the bases before pinch-hitter Michaels ended it with his grounder against a drawn-in infield.
Toronto, losing its sixth in a row, was shut out for the fifth time in 75 games, and in the first game at PNC Park since its opening in 2001 to last more than nine scoreless innings.
"It seems that's the way we've been playing, we haven't been able to get any runs," said Gaston, promoted earlier in the day to replace the fired John Gibbons. "Hopefully we're going to straighten that out. It's the first night, not to make any excuse. We're going to have to get some hitting and, if we don't, you're going to see more nights like that."
Gaston said before the game -- his first as a major league manager since being fired by Toronto in September 2007 -- that he wanted to turn around a promising but underachieving Blue Jays offense.
It didn't happen, even though Pirates pitchers were coming off their worst three-game series in 58 years - the White Sox outscored Pittsburgh 37-15 and hit 10 home runs during a three-game sweep in Chicago that ended Thursday.
That terrible series in Chicago didn't prevent Duke from extending the Blue Jays' hitting miseries. He limited them to six hits, including a pair of Alex Rios doubles, and Toronto ended with eight hits.
"This was big for us. We wanted to stop any negative momentum that might be building," Duke said. "It was a rough road trip."
Toronto has been limited to 26 runs in 10 games, and had to score seven in an 8-7 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday to get that many runs.
"It's exactly the way the season's been going," Barajas said. "Our guys are battling on the mound, we get guys on base early but can't seem to get them moving around the bases. It's disappointing. This has gone on too long, and it's time for us to step up. This is on us."
|It's nervous time after Roy Halladay is hit in the temple in the seventh. But no worries, he's OK. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.248|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.263|
|Brad Wilkerson, PR-1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.244|
|Alex Rios, RF||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.272|
|Vernon Wells, CF||5||0||1||0||0||2||2||.277|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.268|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.289|
|Kevin Mench, LF||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.217|
|John McDonald, SS||5||0||2||0||0||0||2||.171|
|Roy Halladay, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.000|
|Scott Downs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Stairs, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Brian Wolfe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|B.J. Ryan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Joe Inglett, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.291|
|Jesse Carlson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Frasor, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Downs in the 10th|
|b-walked for Ryan in the 12th|
|2B - Alex Rios 2 (18, Duke, Duke)|
|SH - Marco Scutaro (2)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Alex Rios 1|
|DP - Rios-Barajas|
|E - John McDonald (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jesse Carlson (L,1-1)||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||1.80|
|IBB - Chavez by Roy Halladay|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 96-62, Scott Downs 22-16, Brian Wolfe 19-12, B.J. Ryan 12-7, Jesse Carlson 10-8, Jason Frasor 6-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 7-6, Scott Downs 1-3, Brian Wolfe 1-0, Jason Frasor 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 28, Scott Downs 6, Brian Wolfe 4, B.J. Ryan 3, Jesse Carlson 2, Jason Frasor 2|
|Nyjer Morgan, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||.139|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.235|
|Nate McLouth, CF||5||0||0||0||0||3||2||.290|
|Jason Bay, LF||5||0||0||0||0||2||2||.281|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.219|
|Doug Mientkiewicz, 3B||4||1||3||0||1||1||0||.250|
|Jack Wilson, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.298|
|Raul Chavez, C||3||0||1||0||2||1||0||.235|
|Zach Duke, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.107|
|a- Chris Gomez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.310|
|Damaso Marte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Capps, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jose Bautista, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.254|
|Tyler Yates, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jason Michaels, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.237|
|a-struck out for Duke in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Capps in the 10th|
|c-grounded out for Yates in the 12th|
|2B - Doug Mientkiewicz (7, Carlson)|
|SH - Jack Wilson (4), Zach Duke (3)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Duke-J. Wilson-LaRoche, Mientkiewicz-F. Sanchez-LaRoche|
|Tyler Yates (W,3-0)||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.79|
|HBP - Barajas (by Zach Duke)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 97-64, Damaso Marte 27-20, Matt Capps 17-11, Tyler Yates 28-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 8-8, Damaso Marte 1-3, Matt Capps 1-0, Tyler Yates 4-1|
|Batters Faced - Zach Duke 28, Damaso Marte 7, Matt Capps 4, Tyler Yates 7|
|Attendance - 28962|
|Game Time - 3:31|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Dale Scott|