DENVER (AP) -- Josh Fogg knew he was throwing the ball well. He
just didn't have much to show for it until Sunday.
Fogg snapped a six-game winless streak, Garrett Atkins drove in
three runs with a bases-loaded double and the Colorado Rockies beat
the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 to complete a three-game sweep."Sometimes there's nothing you can do," Fogg said. "You want
to go out there and win every game, but that just isn't possible."It was the fourth series sweep of the season for Colorado, which
matched its best start after 44 games. The Rockies also started
25-19 in 1995."You'd love to win 25 games, but realistically that isn't going
to happen," Fogg said. "When you get a big lead, you have to go
out there and throw up zeroes to let the offense go back and score
some more runs."Fogg (3-2), who hadn't won since beating Arizona on April 13,
allowed three runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings. He had given
up 20 earned runs in 34 2-3 innings over his previous six starts."He loves to compete and he had good stuff," Colorado manager
Clint Hurdle said. "He tried to exploit some weaknesses that we
thought he could do, and he did exploit them and used his fastball
on both sides of the plate."Fogg scattered three hits through four innings before allowing
singles to Gregg Zaun and Eric Hinske to open the fifth. One out
later he got ahead of Alex Rios 1-2, before Rios turned on a slider
and hit the pitch into the seats in left for a three-run homer to
make it 5-3."He was tough on us," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He
didn't give us much and we didn't capitalize enough when we did get
scoring chances."Fogg left after giving up a two-out double to Zaun in the sixth.
Tom Martin came in and got pinch-hitter Reed Johnson to fly out to
center field.Brian Fuentes worked the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.Toronto's Ted Lilly (4-4) allowed five runs and six hits in 1
2-3 innings. He struck out one and walked two."This was a very poor performance," Lilly said. "I looked up
at the scoreboard after the second out of the inning and I had
thrown 80 pitches and that's ridiculous."Colorado took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Eli Marrero and
Clint Barmes each drove in a run with bloop singles with the bases
loaded.Atkins cleared the bases with a double in the second inning to
make it 5-0."I got a pitch that I could hit and hit a line drive to the
gap," Atkins said.The Blue Jays were swept for the first time this year. Toronto
has lost three straight for the first time this season.
Toronto went 4-5 on its longest road trip of the year. ...
Lilly had his shortest start of the year. His shortest career start
was one inning last Sept 23 against the New York Yankees. ... Rios'
pinch-hit homer was the first by the Blue Jays since Eric Hinske
did it on Aug. 19 last year. ... RHP Sun-Woo Kim (right hip
contusion) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session without pain. ... C
Yorvit Torrealba (strained right shoulder) began a rehab assignment
Sunday at Triple-A Colorado Springs.