TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays jolted their fans awake
with two late rallies.
Toronto rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the ninth and a 4-3
deficit in the 10th to secure the victory.
"We let the fans lay low and think about hockey for seven
innings and then we woke them up, and let them go home feeling
good," manager John Gibbons joked about Toronto's hockey-mad fans.
Gregg Zaun led off the 10th with a single and Hill, who was
4-for-4 with three runs, followed with a two-run shot off Brian
Meadows (3-6) to give the Blue Jays the win.
"We never really give up. We play to the finish," Hill said.
"It's nice to walk away with the win."
The Devil Rays had taken a 4-3 lead in the 10th on a wild pitch
by B.J. Ryan (2-2). Tomas Perez struck out to lead off the inning,
but reached first on a passed ball by Zaun. He moved to third on
Delmon Young's single and scored when Ryan's pitch to Carl Crawford
was in the dirt.
Down 3-1 in the ninth, the Blue Jays rallied to tie it off Seth
Hill led off with a double before Russ Adams walked. Reed
Johnson struck out for the first out, but McClung's wild pitch
advanced the runners.
"All you can really do is get ready for today," said McClung,
who was 6-for-6 in save chances.
Toronto ace Roy Halladay started for the first time since Garret
Anderson lined a single off his pitching elbow Sunday. The 2003 Cy
Young winner lasted just 16 pitches in that outing, but he pitched
nine innings against Tampa Bay.
"I felt normal," Halladay said. "It wasn't a factor"
Halladay allowed three runs and nine hits, while striking out
five and walking one.
The right-hander hasn't won in five starts. He has three starts
left so he won't get a chance to win his 20th game.
Gibbons said it was the hardest decision of the year not let
Halladay pitch the 10th inning.
The two talked about it before Gibbons elected not to do it.
Halladay was OK with it.
"It was the right thing to do," he said. "I think it would
have been more of a selfish thing to go out and try to get a win
out of it when a lot fresher guys could come in."
Tampa Bay's Shane Riggans doubled in the third, advanced to
third on a grounder and scored on Halladay's wild pitch. Rocco
Baldelli singled in the sixth and Young doubled before Crawford hit
a run-scoring grounder.
Perez's RBI single in the seventh made it 3-0.
The Blue Jays got a run back in the bottom half on Wells'
RF Alex Rios took batting practice on Friday, testing how
much his bone bruise in his right hand had healed. Rios has not had
an at-bat in six games. He pinch-ran in the 10th. ... Halladay
missed the second half of last season after a line drive off the
bat of Texas' Kevin Mench broke a bone in his left leg and
prevented him from starting in the All-Star game.