BALTIMORE, MD – The game started with Gustavo Chacin and Rodrigo Lopez, but a 2-2 tie brought extra innings to Camden Yards. The Blue Jays would break the tie in the top of the twelfth when Gregg Zaun brought home two with a bases loaded single in a 4-run spurt as Toronto takes game one of this three game set 6-2.
Gustavo Chacin, who was earlier today was selected as the AL Rookie of the Month, put forth another strong outing as he went 7 and 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits, allowing two runs. It was Chacin’s fourth quality start on the year.
The Blue Jays would jump on the board in the first off Rodrigo Lopez who went 6 and 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Corey Koskie would singled home Reed Johnson and Jay Gibbons tossed a grounder over Lopez’ head at first allowing Frank Catalanotto to scamper home for a 2-0 lead.
Chacin held the Orioles in check until the bottom on the sixth where he allowed back-to-back doubles to Sammy Sosa and Javy Lopez, and then an RBI single by Gibbons, knotting the score at two.
With both starters gone, the bullpens for both teams were outstanding. Jason Frasor, Vinnie Chulk, Scott Schoeneweis (who recorded the win) and Miguel Batista pitched 4 and 2/3’s of flawless ball. Baltimore also put together a solid showing from the pen until Gregg Zaun got to Todd Williams in the twelfth. The Blue Jays would add two more runs on top of Zaun’s 2-Run single, with Reed Johnson’s bases loaded single, scoring Zaun and Menechino.
Batista would come in to set down Baltimore in order in a non-save situation.
With Toronto’s victory tonight and Boston’s loss to Detroit, the Jays move into second place and are now only three games behind the Orioles in the AL East. They will look to shorten that lead even more on Tuesday when Josh Towers (2-1) takes the ball for Toronto, facing his former team, as Daniel Cabrera (1-1) will look to improve on his five run, five inning performance the last time he faced the Blue Jays.
The game on Tuesday can be seen on TSN starting at 7pm EST as well as on The FAN 590AM.
InsideTheDome’s Game Notes: Toronto improved to 10-6 on the road with its extra-inning win on Tuesday…Shea Hillenbrand was held hitless for only the fourth time this season. He walked twice and was hit by a pitch in the 1st…Corey Koskie continued to swing a hot bat as he raised his average to .275 going 3-for-6…The Blue Jays bullpen has now pitched 8 and 2/3 innings without allowing a run.
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