I don’t even know how I feel about the Jays winning — I’m so used to Toronto teams playing meaningless games that it’s making me pretty, pretty shaky. Kind of like Joba Chamberlain on a Nebraskan highway shaky. Either way, they’re getting it done — Brandon Morrow did the honours tonight, tossing seven strong innings in a tight 3-2 win over the first place Rays.
Morrow took a no-no to the sixth before a two-out infield single by Sean Rodriguez, then left with a 3-0 lead after walking John Jaso to lead off the eighth. Scotty Downs allowed Jaso and another run to score, setting up a one-run game for Kevin Gregg to close out in a form only B.J. Ryan could appreciate — after striking out Carl Crawford, Gregg gave up a triple to Evan Longoria and walked Carlos Pena before getting a couple grounders to escape with the save.
Toronto’s bats got to Matt Garza for the second time this year, jumping on their now-former (knock on wood) nemesis early with an Adam Lind two-run homer in the first. Aaron Hill added an RBI single a few innings later — one of 10 hits Garza surrendered before being chased with two outs in the seventh. Hill had three of Toronto’s 11 total hits, bumping his average to a sparkling .179 — about 100 points off where it’ll be in a couple months. Count on it.
On a sweet side note, I caught David Price poking fun at Morrow’s 6.66 ERA during batting practice. Here’s the question I posed to Price in return: “What’s B.J. Upton’s batting average?”. (The answer: A smoking .216 coming in.) Okay, I didn’t actually say that, but just felt like mentioning how much Upton sucks.
So, the series-opening win bumps Toronto to 31-22 — a game back of the Yankees and three-and-a-half back of the Rays in the division. Brian Tallet (1-1, 6.11) comes off the disabled list to start tomorrow, with Jeff Niemann (5-0, 2.37) getting the ball on the other side.