TORONTO (AP) -- Tim Olson waited a long time to get his first
major league hit. It couldn't have come at a better time.
Olson, pinch-hitting, ended a 0-for-15 slump with a tying single
in the ninth inning, and Danny Bautista later hit a go-ahead single
to rally the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2
Friday night."I didn't want to wait 16 at-bats to get it, but if I did, to
get it in this fashion makes up for it," Olson said.With the Diamondbacks down 2-0 in the ninth, Chad Tracy doubled
off rookie reliever Jason Frasor (2-2) before Alex Cintron hit an
RBI double, ending Frasor's streak of 20 consecutive scoreless
innings,After Frasor struck out Doug DeVore for the first out, Olson
singled up the middle, tying it at 2."It takes a lot of pressure off my shoulders," Olson said.
"Any time you don't get a hit in 15 at-bats you feel pressure, but
when it's your first major league hit you don't know if it's ever
going to come."One out later, Toronto reliever Terry Adams walked Steve Finley
before Bautista singled to center, giving Arizona the lead.The Diamondbacks improved to 1-31 when trailing after eight
innings."When I first got here I could sense that we didn't really feel
that we could come back," said Olson, who was called up from the
minors on May 30.
Randy Choate (1-0) got two outs for the win. Jose Valverde got
two outs for his seventh save.Frasor was 4-for-4 in save chances before blowing this one."It's amazing how the balls have been bouncing my way, but
tonight it didn't," Frasor said. "Hopefully, they don't lose
confidence in me and send me out there tomorrow."Toronto starter Pat Hentgen pitched seven scoreless innings but
wound up with nothing to show for it. He gave up five hits, struck
out four and walked two.Arizona starter Steve Sparks allowed just two runs -- one earned
-- and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings.The knuckleballer retired 11 straight batters before Howie Clark
and Frank Catalanotto chased him with consecutive singles in the
eighth.Clark singled in the first and advanced to third on
Catalanotto's double before scoring on scoring on Vernon Wells'
groundout.Catalanotto scored on catcher Juan Brito's passed ball, giving
Toronto a 2-0 lead.Plate umpire Marty Foster ejected third baseman Shea Hillenbrand
after he struck out to end the top of the eighth.
Actress Kim Cattrall from HBO's "Sex and the City" threw
out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek
missed the game because he was ill. He's missed just three games in
franchise history, including two last week because of his father's
death. ... The Diamondbacks have a major league-leading 11 players
on the disabled list, forcing them to field a roster with 17
players that have less than three years of big league experience.