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Rough landing for new Rangers reliever O'Day; Jays win in 11th

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TORONTO -- Kevin Millar wasn't quite sure who he was facing when he stepped to the plate in the 11th inning. Once he figured it out, he drove in the winning run.

Millar's single to left-center scored Vernon Wells from second base, giving the Toronto Blue Jays an 8-7 victory against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Wells walked to begin the 11th and went to second on Travis Snider's sacrifice bunt. Scott Rolen was walked intentionally and C.J. Wilson (0-2) was replaced by right-hander Darren O'Day, who was claimed on waivers from the New York Mets earlier in the day.

O'Day was at home in Panama City Beach, Fla., when he got a lunchtime call from his agent telling him he had been claimed by Texas. Within two hours he was on a flight to Memphis, Tenn., where he connected to Toronto.

"I got off the plane in the eighth inning and had to go through customs and all that jazz," O'Day said. "The traveling secretary was texting me back and forth. We originally planned to go to the hotel and he said 'Go to the field, we might need you.' I got here, got on a uniform and went out there."

O'Day pitched wearing Kason Gabbard's jersey because there wasn't time to get him one of his own.

"Gabbard I thought was a left-handed pitcher and he came in throwing sinkerballs, side-armed right-handed, so I was a little confused at first," Millar joked.

Texas manager Ron Washington turned to O'Day because he was "down to fumes" in his bullpen. He found the newcomer ready and eager to work -- at least once he had been introduced to his teammates with some quick handshakes on the mound.

"He was excited," Washington said. "The first thing he said was 'Let's rumble.' It was tough that we had to bring him in that situation but that's all we had at the time. He'll be back."

O'Day didn't blame his performance on the hectic travel schedule.

"Once you get into the game situation it's your job to be a professional," O'Day said. "You've got to do what they brought me here to do. I obviously didn't get that job done."

Still, he saw the lighter side of wearing the jersey of Gabbard, a hard-throwing lefty with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

"I figured I'd be throwing in the mid-90s," O'Day joked. "It felt a little weird. I didn't have the fastball I was looking for."

Toronto's Rod Barajas hit a pair of two-out, two-run homers to left, one in the second and another to almost the same spot in the fourth, the sixth multihomer game of his career. The home runs were his first two of the season.

Jason Frasor (3-0) worked two scoreless innings for the victory.

Trailing 7-4, Texas tied it with a three-run ninth against struggling Toronto closer B.J. Ryan, who blew his second save. Chris Davis was hit on the wrist and Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a four-pitch walk before Ian Kinsler grounded to shortstop. Aaron Hill's throwing error prevented Toronto for turning the double play, scoring Davis and sending Kinsler to second. Kinsler stole third and scored on pinch-hitter Josh Hamilton's grounder before Michael Young tied it with a solo home run to center, his fourth.

"I was terrible out there, I was brutal," Ryan said. "Not pitching ahead, not pitching aggressively, making stupid pitches at bad times, just a bad night."

Manager Cito Gaston said Ryan's future as Toronto's closer will be decided after a chat with Ryan and general manager J.P. Ricciardi.

"He's having trouble with his control to me," Gaston said. "I don't know if he's hurting or not hurting, but we'd certainly like to see him do a little bit better than that. That's not going to get it done for us."

Alex Rios had four hits for Toronto and drove in two runs with RBI singles in the fourth and sixth. Adam Lind hit an RBI single in the sixth for the Blue Jays.

Saltalamacchia hit a two-run single in the third, Young had an RBI double in the fifth and Marlon Byrd drove in a run on a fielder's choice in the eighth for Texas.

Ryan's ninth-inning struggles cost left-hander David Purcey his first victory of the season. Purcey allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked a season-low two and struck out six.

Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison gave up five runs and nine hits in four innings, raising his ERA to 8.59. He walked two and struck out one.

"Things just aren't going my way right now," Harrison said.

Andruw Jones stayed in the game to run the bases after bruising his right knee when he jumped over Millar at first on an infield single in the eighth. David Murphy replaced Jones in left field in the bottom half.

Rangers reliever Willie Eyre had to leave the game midway through Barajas' at-bat in the 10th because of a tight groin. He was replaced by Wilson.

Notes

  • Toronto's Jose Bautista matched a career high with four hits.
  • Hamilton was held out of the starting lineup after injuring his ribs crashing into the outfield wall on Tuesday.
  • Texas RHP Kris Benson was placed on the 15-day DL with elbow tendinitis. RHP Scott Feldman will start in Benson's place Saturday at Baltimore.
  • The Rangers moved RHP Dustin Nippert (back) from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make room on the roster for O'Day.
  • Umpire Kerwin Danley has been released from hospital after being hit in the face by a broken bat Wednesday and leaving the field on a stretcher. Danley will remain in Toronto until the symptoms of a "powerful headache" subside, crew chief Dana DeMuth said, then go to MLB's medical center in Arizona for further tests.
  • Toronto Raptors forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu attended the game.
 
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Jose Bautista (right) helps lead the celebration after Kevin Millar delivers the walk-off single.  (AP)
Jose Bautista (right) helps lead the celebration after Kevin Millar delivers the walk-off single. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Barajas
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Texas

M. Young
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B6100021 .407
Omar Vizquel, SS4120010 .429
   a- Josh Hamilton, PH1001000 .226
    Elvis Andrus, SS0000000 .333
Michael Young, 3B5232011 .304
Andruw Jones, LF4010011 .444
    David Murphy, LF1000010 .000
Hank Blalock, DH5000022 .224
Marlon Byrd, CF4011100 .350
Nelson Cruz, RF4110102 .283
Chris Davis, 1B4210023 .191
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4012110 .190
Totals427106311  
a-grounded out for Vizquel in the 9th
Batting
2B - Michael Young 2 (5, Purcey, Downs), Chris Davis (1, Purcey)
HR - Michael Young (4, Ryan)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (9), Michael Young 2 (9), Marlon Byrd (10), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young 2 (3)
SB - Ian Kinsler (7, 3rd base off Ryan/Barajas)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Vizquel-Kinsler-Davis, Andrus-Kinsler-Davis
E - Derek Holland (1, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Matt Harrison 4955212 9.20
Scott Feldman 1.2222210 12.15
Derek Holland 2.1300020 0.00
Willie Eyre 1000000 6.23
C.J. Wilson (L,0-2) 1.1211220 5.87
Darren O'Day0100000 0.00
IBB - Rolen by C.J. Wilson
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 85-49, Scott Feldman 36-20, Derek Holland 42-29, Willie Eyre 10-6, C.J. Wilson 36-20, Darren O'Day 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 6-4, Scott Feldman 1-3, Derek Holland 1-4, Willie Eyre 1-1, C.J. Wilson 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 22, Scott Feldman 9, Derek Holland 10, Willie Eyre 2, C.J. Wilson 8, Darren O'Day 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS4000222 .262
Aaron Hill, 2B5120113 .370
Alex Rios, RF6042003 .246
Vernon Wells, CF4100215 .258
Adam Lind, DH5021010 .349
    Travis Snider, PR-DH0000000 .286
Scott Rolen, 3B5000104 .291
Kevin Millar, 1B6231001 .321
Rod Barajas, C5224010 .233
Jose Bautista, LF5240000 .344
Totals45817866  
Batting
2B - Kevin Millar (3, Harrison), Jose Bautista (3, Harrison)
HR - Rod Barajas 2 (2, Harrison, Harrison)
SH - Travis Snider (2)
RBI - Alex Rios 2 (9), Adam Lind (14), Kevin Millar (7), Rod Barajas 4 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios 2 (4), Adam Lind (8), Rod Barajas 2 (4)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-Hill-Millar
E - Aaron Hill (2, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
David Purcey 5.1733260 6.10
Shawn Camp (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Jesse Carlson (H,2) 1.1000010 2.08
Scott Downs 1211010 1.04
B.J. Ryan (BS,2) 1133111 11.12
Jason Frasor (W,3-0) 2000020 0.00
HBP - Davis (by B.J. Ryan)
Pitches-Strikes - David Purcey 91-58, Shawn Camp 4-1, Jesse Carlson 13-8, Scott Downs 13-9, B.J. Ryan 23-15, Jason Frasor 26-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Purcey 3-6, Jesse Carlson 1-2, Scott Downs 2-0, B.J. Ryan 2-0, Jason Frasor 1-3
Batters Faced - David Purcey 24, Shawn Camp 1, Jesse Carlson 4, Scott Downs 5, B.J. Ryan 6, Jason Frasor 6
Game Information
Attendance - 13090
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Todd Tichenor