TORONTO (AP) -- Eric Hinske had a productive day in the field and
at the plate for the Blue Jays.
Hinske made a spectacular defensive play and hit a questionable
homer as Toronto ended a three-game skid with a 6-4 victory over
the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday.
The converted infielder made a diving catch in right to rob
Jonny Gomes of extra bases in the first. Julio Lugo scored on the
sacrifice fly -- Tampa Bay's only run of the inning despite putting
the first two batters on.
"It would have changed the game if I didn't catch that ball,"
Hinske said. "It only ended up being one run. It helped win the
Troy Glaus followed with a two-run homer to center off Seth
McClung (2-5) in the bottom half to give Toronto a 2-1 lead.
Russell Branyan tied it with a solo shot in the second, but
Hinske answered with a homer to make it 3-2. The ball appeared to
either hit the top of the wall or the metal bar of the raised
bullpen bench before bouncing back onto the field. The Devil Rays
argued it hit the top of the wall to no avail.
Hinske stopped between second and third after left fielder Carl
Crawford threw the ball back into the infield, but after a couple
of moments of doubt second base umpire Greg Gibson signaled home
"The umpire put his arm up and made the home run sign so I kept
going. And then he throws the ball and I was like 'What's going
on,'"Hinske said. "The bullpen said it was a home run. I watched
the replay, too. It was."
Hinske said he hit a similar ball last year that was ruled a
"I guess it's redemption," Hinske said.
Tampa Bay manager John Maddon appreciated that the umpires
huddled over the play.
"They said that it hit something out beyond the fence and that
it came back in," Maddon said. "My discussion was that it appears
as though it hit the corner of the fence and came back in, which
happens a lot on those padded walls. But they did huddle and tried
to get it right."
Glaus hit his 13th home run of the season to help the Blue Jays
rebound from a weekend sweep by Colorado.
Rookie starter Casey Janssen (3-3) won his second straight
start. Janssen, filling in for the injured A.J. Burnett, allowed
four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out three and
"I'm feeling more and more comfortable everyday. The nerves are
gone. The emotion part is gone. Now I can just work on pitching,"
said Janssen, who made his sixth start.
B.J. Ryan pitched 1 1-3 innings for his 10th save in 10 chances.
The Devil Rays put the tying run on third in the eighth, but Ryan
got pinch-hitter Toby Hall to ground out to shortstop John McDonald
to end the threat.
Russell Branyan and Josh Paul homered for the Devil Rays, who
saw their season-high four game winning streak end.
Paul homered in the fifth and Julio Lugo's RBI single off Jason
Frasor cut it to 5-4.
McClung fell to 0-3 in five road starts. He allowed six runs and
six hits in seven innings.
Zaun's sacrifice fly in the eighth gave Toronto an insurance
Toronto manager John Gibbons was originally going to give
CF Vernon Wells a day off, but he entered the game as a defensive
replacement in the seventh. ... The Blue Jays and Devil Rays met
for the seventh time this season. "How often do you see the Blue
Jays. You see them in spring training, you see them like 10 times
in the first half of the season. We're like the Washington Generals
and the Globetrotters," Maddon said. The teams meet again in early