Series: Game 1 of 3

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 5/28)

Game 1: Friday, May 28
Game 2: Saturday, May 29
Game 3: Sunday, May 30

Rangers 4

(26-21, 10-12 away)

Blue Jays 5

(21-27, 13-13 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 28, 2004

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: T. Lilly (3-2)

    L: R. Dickey (4-5)

    S: J. Frasor (3)

    Lilly wins for first time in five starts

    TORONTO (AP) -- Ted Lilly thought he was fortunate to get the victory.

    Lilly won for the first time in five starts, allowing one run on six hits and a season-high five walks in six innings to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 on Friday night.

    "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," he said.

    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 position.

    "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."

    Rod Barajas homered and tied a career high with four RBI for the Rangers, who were shut out by the Chicago White Sox in their previous two games.

    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.

    Frank Menechino and Vernon Wells hit consecutive doubles in the first before Delgado homered off R.A. Dickey (4-5). Alexis Rios added an RBI single in the inning, his first RBI in the majors.

    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 grounder.

    Dickey lost his fourth straight start, allowing five runs -- four earned -- in six innings.

    Game notes

    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 hamstring.

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