Cuddyer's Solo-Shot Spoils Good Outing By Bush

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Michael Cuddyer spoiled a great outing by Toronto starter David Bush as he slugged a solo-shot out to right-center in the fourth inning, proving to be the difference as the Minnesota Twins evened the series at one apiece winning 3-2.

Every team has one – a pitcher that throws the ball well but seems to get the short end of the stick more often than not, and for the Toronto Blue Jays, his name is David Bush.

In a trend that has continued over from last season, Bush hasn't exactly gotten the run support he's needed to accompany his solid outings. Of his eight starts this season, five of them resulted in the opposition scoring three runs or less. After a demoralizing outing in his previous start against the Kansas City Royals, Bush needed a confidence booster tonight against the Twins, and even though he took the loss, he can take solace in the fact that he went the distance in eight innings, while giving up three runs on seven hits.

The Blue Jays had to begin playing catch-up after the second inning when Jacque Jones took Bush deep and out to right field. The Twinkies would add one more that inning on a Luis Rivas run-scoring single to left, plating Cuddyer, for an early 2-0 lead.

Toronto would get things started in the third off Minnesota starter Kyle Lohse, when Russ Adams led off the inning with a walk and was later advanced to third on an Alexis Rios single to center. Frank Catalanotto would bring home Adams with a sacrifice-fly to right, cutting the lead to 2-1.

The Jays would add another in the fourth when Russ Adams would hit his own sac-fly, scoring Vernon Wells, knotting things up at two.

In the home half of the fourth, Bush would surrender the game winning solo-shot to Cuddyer after getting ahead in the count 1-2, before getting tagged on the next pitch, just clearing the outstretched glove of center-fielder Wells.

Bush, the hard-lucked loser, falls to (0-4), while Kyle Lohse (3-2) picks up the win going six innings, surrendering two runs, both earned, on seven hits.

Both teams will battle it out in the rubber-match of this three-game series tomorrow afternoon at the Metrodome. Gustavo Chacin (4-2) will get the start for Toronto, his first career start against the Twins, as he goes up against fellow lefty Joe Mays (2-1) for Minnesota.

The game tomorrow afternoon is not televised but can be heard on The FAN 590AM starting at 1pm EST.

InsideTheDome's Game Notes: For In their seven losses this month, the Blue Jays have managed only two runs in twenty-two and one-third innings against opposing bullpens…Alex Rios seems to be getting accustomed to batting leadoff where he's gone 7-for-12 with an RBI and 3 Runs scored…Toronto-born reliever Jesse Crain remained perfect for the season as he's now pitched fourteen innings without giving up a run…Minnesota starter Joe Mays, who takes the ball tomorrow, is 2-4 lifetime against the Jays with a 4.78 ERA.

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