Posted by: Jeremy | June 17, 2009

Jays show a sign of life


We've got a winner

We've got a winner

Turns out Interleague play isn’t actually that bad. The Jays, fresh off getting swept by the Marlins in Toronto, went on the road and won their first game of the season against National League competition last night, in Philly against World Series MVP Cole Hamels and the Phillies. Toronto won despite stranding a major league-record 64 men on base, finally tying the game on a bases loaded walk in the ninth and pulling away with a five-run tenth.

Ricky Romero strung together his third consecutive quality start for the Jays, striking out nine and giving up three runs in seven innings. Vernon Wells, still in the number three slot, had what may actually have been his first two hits of the season and scored the game-tying run on Lyle Overbay’s walk in the ninth inning. Cito Gaston actually did make one change — bumping Scott Rolen and his three homers into the cleanup spot and moving Adam Lind into the five hole. It worked, as Rolen reached base four times and drove home the winner and Lind hit his 14th homer of the year.

The win snaps Toronto’s four-game slide and runs its record to 35-31, still good for a tie with Tampa Bay and five games back of the first-place Red Sox. Tonight it’s Scotty Richmond and Jamie Moyer doing battle.

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