Jays Comeback Falls Short

Towers got roughed up

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Toronto Blue Jays almost erased Josh Towers' miserable two inning start, but their comeback fell short as Hank Blalock and Michael Young helped earned Texas a split in the four-game series, winning 6-5.

Josh Towers received a rude awakening Sunday afternoon as he was greeted with six runs, on eight hits in only two innings pitched. Texas jumped all over Towers early in the game, starting with Hank Blalock's 2-run homer in the first inning, then Young and Kevin Mench singled, before David Dellucci triple them both in, totaling a four-run first inning. If that wasn't bad enough, Towers came out for the second and gave up a single to the number nine hitter Gary Matthews Jr. and was brought home by Young's 2-run opposite field home run. Needless to say, the day was done for Josh Towers.

Toronto, who came into Sunday's game with a half game lead over the Baltimore Orioles, reminded the Rangers why they were in first place as they began to claw and scratch their way back into the game. Shea Hillenbrand, tripled to lead off the fourth inning against Texas right-hander Chris Young, and then scored on Alex Rios' sacrifice fly to deep right field getting the Jays on the board.

The Blue Jays struck for three more in the sixth by hitting three consecutive singles which brought home Frank Catalanotto. Reed Johnson then legged out an infield single off the glove of Chris Young, bringing home Orlando Hudson, chasing starter Young from the game as he went five and two-third innings giving up four runs on six hits. Frank Menechino then pinch-hit for catcher Greg Myers, and drew a bases loaded walk cutting the lead to 6-4. Corey Koskie then cut the lead to one, when he doubled home Hillenbrand off of reliever Ron Mahay in the seventh.

The Toronto bullpen performed admirably pitching six shutout innings, giving their team a chance to get back into the game but the six run deficit was insurmountable as Francisco Cordero pitched a 1-2-3 ninth needing only seven pitched to retire the side, for his MLB leading fourth save.

The Toronto Blue Jays will now travel to Boston to play an early 11am game versus the Red Sox due to Patriots Day South of the border. David Bush (0-1) will be matched up against Curt Schilling (0-1).

The game can be seen as a Free Preview by Rogers Communications of their MLB Extra Innings Package, as well as on the radio at The Fan 590AM starting at 10:30am EST.

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