TORONTO (AP) -- Ted Lilly thought he was fortunate to get the
"I felt like I got away with one. I'm not so sure that I threw
the ball as well as my line might read," Lilly said.
The left-hander worked six innings for just the second time this
season, and Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer in a four-run first
for the Blue Jays, who won their fourth straight.
"It definitely helped that we scored four runs in the first,"
Lilly (3-2), acquired from Oakland in the offseason, pitched a
complete game on April 26 against Minnesota, but hasn't gotten
through six innings in any other start.
He threw 103 pitches.
"We're going to have to find a way to get his pitch count
lower," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. "He's playing with
fire by taking 100 pitches into the sixth inning. It puts a lot of
pressure on the bullpen."
Rookie Jason Frasor pitched the ninth for his third save in
three chances as the Blue Jays improved to 13-13 at home after
starting the season 0-8.
Tosca said they're finally getting the breaks that didn't go
their way earlier this season.
The Rangers left nine men on base, including five in scoring
"It's not really deflating. You always want to take advantage
of scoring opportunities, but we weren't able to do it," Texas
shortstop Michael Young said. "This group of guys doesn't seem to
dwell on negative things too much."
Barajas ended Texas' streak of 19 consecutive scoreless inning
with an sacrifice fly in the second.
He hit a three-run homer off Terry Adams in the eighth, cutting
Toronto's lead to 5-4.
The Rangers loaded the bases with none out in the second, but
scored just once on the Barajas sacrifice fly. Lilly escaped the
jam as Young lined into an inning-ending double play
Josh Phelps gave Toronto a 5-1 lead in the third with an RBI
Dickey lost his fourth straight start, allowing five runs -- four
earned -- in six innings.
Barajas also had four RBI Sept. 28, 2002, vs. Colorado.
... A ballboy interfered with a fair ball in the fourth inning. The
umpires ruled it an interference double. ... The Blue Jays placed
2B Orlando Hudson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left