TORONTO (AP) -- Gregg Zaun looks ready to be Toronto's starting
Zaun went 2-for-5, raising his average to .452 since his recall
from Triple-A Syracuse on April 27.
Zaun served as Kevin Cash's backup, but the Blue Jays placed
Cash on the 15-day disabled list after the game with bruised right
ribs. Catcher Greg Myers was also transferred from the 15-day DL to
the 60-day DL because of a sprained left ankle
"I'm trying not to pinch myself right now," said Zaun, who hit
fifth in Toronto's struggling lineup. "I feel really good at the
plate. It's nice to get an opportunity. I'm in uncharted waters
hitting in the middle of the lineup. I don't think I've ever hit
fifth before. It's nice to have the confidence of the manager."
Wells' single to left scored Johnson, and when Shane Halter cut
off Jose Guillen's off-line throw to the plate, Menechino took
third as the third baseman's relay went to the backstop because
catcher Bengie Molina had moved from the plate to grab Guillen's
throw. Halter was charged with an error.
"When I wheeled and turned, Bengie was taking a step to his
left," Halter said. "I didn't have any time to really look. I
thought I had a shot at Johnson if Bengie had stayed at home."
"The turf is starting to become my friend," Zaun said. "I
really didn't have that great of an at-bat. I just got some wood on
the last pitch, chopped it on the turf and luckily for us it
bounced over Eckstein."
Terry Adams (4-3) pitched two shutout innings for the Blue Jays,
who had lost four of their previous five games.
Delgado and Wells homered for Toronto, which has won nine of its
last 11 against Anaheim.
Anaheim starter Bartolo Colon allowed four runs and seven hits
in 6 2-3 innings, his ERA rising to 5.19. Toronto's Pat Hentgen,
whose previous turn in the rotation was skipped, gave up two runs
and two hits in five innings.
Wells extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a solo shot
in the first, but Halter's two-run homer put Anaheim ahead in the
After Vladimir Guerrero led off the sixth a double off reliever
Michael Nakamura, Jose Guillen hit what looked to be a flyout to
left, but Simon Pond allowed the ball to bounce past him, allowing
Guillen to reach with an RBI triple.
Delgado hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and Reed Johnson had
an RBI grounder in the seventh.
Hentgen has allowed nine homers this season. ... Delgado
struck out swinging on a pitch that landed between his legs in the
eighth. ... The Blue Jays also placed Frank Catalanotto on the
15-day disabled list with a groin injury, optioned reliever Micheal
Nakamura to Triple-A Syracuse, recalled right-hander Vinnie Chulk
and outfielder Alexis Rios from Syracuse and purchased the contract
of catcher Bobby Estalella.