Toronto at Milwaukee

W: D. Oliver (1-2) L: J. Axford (1-4)
S: C. Janssen (7)
HR: TOR - B. Lawrie (7),C. Rasmus (11),J. Bautista (21),E. Encarnacion (19),C. Rasmus (12),J. Bautista (22)   MIL - A. Ramirez (9)

Blue Jays 10, Brewers 9 wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- With injuries piling up on their pitching staff, the Toronto Blue Jays are going to have to win games with power.

That wasn't a problem Tuesday.

Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista erased a one-run deficit with back-to-back home runs off closer John Axford in the ninth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-9 on Tuesday. It was the second back-to-back homer performance of the night for Rasmus and Bautista, who combined with Edwin Encarnacion to homer in three straight at-bats in the sixth.

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"We know that we're in a stretch of time here where we're completely unsettled in our rotation with consistency through the turn of the rotation multiple times," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "That doesn't deter anybody in here. Even after a tough ballgame last night, the overall attitude of this group is outstanding."

The blown save marred what was otherwise a memorable day for Axford. Earlier in the day, he posted a photo of his newborn son, Jameson Aedan, on his Twitter account.

After making sure his wife and son were healthy Tuesday afternoon, Axford said he still had a job to do.

"If I was sitting in the hospital watching the game and the same thing happened to somebody else, what happened to me in the ninth, I would have felt even worse than what I do right now," Axford said. "It's my job -- for now, anyways."

The Brewers had taken the lead on Aramis Ramirez's grand slam in the sixth inning, but the bullpen couldn't hold on. Reliever Manny Parra gave up a pair of runs during a sloppy outing in the seventh that included a pair of wild pitches.

Casey Janssen earned his seventh save.

"Even when we scored the four runs to go up by two and give back five, there was never any letdown," Farrell said. "We'll work through the situation we're in."

In a sign of just how seriously the Blue Jays' pitching depth is being tested, Farrell still was formulating a plan for which pitcher was starting Wednesday's day game.

"There's a potential we may have to make a change here to get another arm go multiple innings," Farrell said.

And while he would have liked to have rested some of his relievers Tuesday, he also needed a win.

"Our backs were against the wall once again and had to press everyone into duty," Farrell said.

Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg looked sharp at times in his major league debut, but gave up four home runs.

Thornburg, a highly regarded prospect called up when starter Shaun Marcum was scratched because of tightness in his right elbow, had been cruising until the sixth.

Thornburg pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and five runs, all on four homers.

With his two-run homer in the third, Brett Lawrie once again did some damage to the Brewers, the team that traded him to Toronto for Marcum before the 2011 season. Lawrie had a home run and a double in the first game of the series.

"We never give up," Lawrie said. "We never give in until the last out. Tonight's a good example of that."

Darren Oliver earned the win (1-2). Axford took the loss (1-4).

Trailing 2-0 after Lawrie's homer, the Brewers took the lead when Jesse Chavez, who was making his debut as a starter, got into trouble in the third.

Toronto retook the lead in the sixth, hitting three straight homers for the sixth time in team history and the first time since 2005.

Thornburg left the game to a warm ovation from Brewers fans. With Tim Dillard in relief, Yunel Escobar reached base on an infield hit, Rajai Davis walked and J.P. Arencibia hit an RBI single for a 6-4 lead.

But the Brewers loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, and Braun walked to force in a run and cut the lead to 6-5 and set up Ramirez's decisive shot.

Toronto got a pair of runs back in the seventh when Bautista went home on a throwing error by Braun and Encarnacion scored on a single by Escobar. Parra threw a pair of wild pitches in the inning.


Braun extended his hitting streak to 14 games -- and a total of 24 games in interleague play. ... Bautista extended his hitting streak to 19 games. ... The Brewers designated infielder Brooks Conrad for assignment.

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Brett Lawrie, 3B5122010 .290
Colby Rasmus, CF5222001 .259
Jose Bautista, RF4322100 .236
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B5221010 .279
Kelly Johnson, 2B5000020 .252
Yunel Escobar, SS5121000 .250
Rajai Davis, LF3000122 .259
J.P. Arencibia, C4131010 .225
Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
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    Robert Coello, P0000000 .000
    Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
   b- Omar Vizquel, PH1000000 .226
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    Casey Janssen, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Villanueva in the 6th
b-lined out for Cordero in the 8th
2B - J.P. Arencibia (9, Thornburg)
HR - Brett Lawrie (7, Thornburg), Colby Rasmus 2 (12, Thornburg, Axford), Jose Bautista 2 (22, Thornburg, Axford), Edwin Encarnacion (19, Thornburg)
SH - Jesse Chavez (1)
RBI - Brett Lawrie 2 (29), Colby Rasmus 2 (35), Jose Bautista 2 (52), Edwin Encarnacion (46), Yunel Escobar (21), J.P. Arencibia (33)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Lawrie 2 (15), Yunel Escobar (8), J.P. Arencibia (8)
Team LOB - 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Jesse Chavez 2.2344440 8.22
Carlos Villanueva 2.1100140 3.24
Robert Coello (H,1) 0.1233110 8.44
Jason Frasor (BS,2) 0.2122121 4.26
Francisco Cordero 1200000 5.08
Darren Oliver (W,1-2) 1000010 1.48
Casey Janssen (S,7) 1100010 2.70
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Chavez 2-2, Carlos Villanueva 2-1, Francisco Cordero 1-2, Casey Janssen 1-1
Batters Faced - Jesse Chavez 16, Carlos Villanueva 9, Robert Coello 4, Jason Frasor 4, Francisco Cordero 5, Darren Oliver 3, Casey Janssen 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Norichika Aoki, RF5000025 .275
Carlos Gomez, CF4211122 .265
Ryan Braun, LF3211200 .314
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3214201 .263
Corey Hart, 1B4001031 .247
Rickie Weeks, 2B4011130 .184
Martin Maldonado, C4001112 .211
Edwin Maysonet, SS4120013 .250
   a- Cody Ransom, PH1010000 .217
Tyler Thornburg, P2110010 .500
    Tim Dillard, P0000000 .000
   b- Nyjer Morgan, PH1110000 .236
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
   c- George Kottaras, PH1010000 .239
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
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b-doubled for Dillard in the 6th
c-doubled for Parra in the 7th
d-grounded out for Axford in the 9th
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HR - Aramis Ramirez (9, Frasor)
RBI - Carlos Gomez (10), Ryan Braun (49), Aramis Ramirez 4 (42), Corey Hart (32), Rickie Weeks (19), Martin Maldonado (13)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez (4), Corey Hart (11), Rickie Weeks (10), Martin Maldonado (9)
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Francisco Rodriguez (H,15) 1000020 3.90
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Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Doug Eddings