TORONTO, ON – The Toronto Blue Jays overcame a lead-off home run by Brian Roberts in the first inning with a four-run second, sparked by a two-run double by Orlando Hudson to go along with a three-run fifth to give David Bush some revenge against the Orioles as Toronto prevails 7-2.
The Toronto Blue Jays were happy to see the Cleveland Indians leave town as they dropped two of three to the tribe over the weekend, and were glad when they looked at their schedule to see it littered with games against two teams below them in the American League East; the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
In his first two outings against the Orioles, David Bush held an undeserving 0-2 record despite pitching a combined seventeen innings, allowing only two earned runs. He would be in search of a different result in the win column this night but would fall victim to a solo home run by Brian Roberts to lead off the game, but would strike out the side to get out of the inning.
The Jays would get on the board in the second inning in what was to become a 3-for-3 night at the plate for Gregg Zaun, who singled home Shea Hillenbrand from third for Toronto’s first run of the game. After a Reed Johnson single in the same inning, Orlando Hudson would drive a ball off the wall in left-center for a double to score both Zaun and Johnson. Frank Catalanotto would notch the Jays’ fourth run of the inning, plating Hudson with a double of his own.
Like he normally does, Bush would settle down and pitch beautifully while being able to locate all of his pitches for strikes. It wasn’t until the fifth inning when the Orioles would score again, lo an’ behold it would be Brian Roberts doing the scoring after being driven home from second base by a Melvin Mora single to center to make it 4-2.
The Blue Jays though were not prepared to give up this lead, and would put an exclamation point on the Orioles in their half of the fifth when Hillenbrand would double home Corey Koskie which was followed by an RBI single by Eric Hinske. Hinske would later score on a fielder’s choice to make it 7-2 Toronto.
Toronto’s three-run fifth sent Baltimore starter Rodrigo Lopez to the showers, lasting only four and two-third innings, allowing seven runs, all earned, on eleven hits to drop his record to 13-8 on the season.
David Bush (4-7) would record his fourth win of the season after seven innings of two run ball, striking out six while walking none.
Jason Frasor and Justin Speier would each pitch a scoreless inning to finish what Bush had started.
Toronto will look to make it two in a row against the O’s on Wednesday when they send Gustavo Chacin (11-7) to the mound to battle fellow left-hander Bruce Chen (10-8) of Baltimore.
The game on Wednesday can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet starting at 7pm EST with radio coverage on The FAN 590am.
InsideTheDome’s Game Notes: Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Russ Adams celebrated his twenty-fifth birthday on Tuesday by going 1-for-4 with a walk…Every Toronto starter had at least one hit…When the rosters expand to forty from twenty-five, Ken Huckaby, Gabe Gross and Chad Gaudin are expected to be called up from Triple-A Syracuse…Ted Lilly is scheduled to make his second rehab start against the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday before rejoining the Jays.