Los Angeles (30-25) at Toronto (26-32)

Light Rain with Thunder Currently: Toronto, ON
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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 9, 2004
  • TV: FSN2, TSN
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Jose Lima, who hasn’t allowed an earned run in 20 2-3 innings, makes his fifth start of the season as the Los Angeles Dodgers continue their three-game interleague series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lima, who’s pitched mostly out of the bullpen this season, hasn’t allowed an earned run since a May 9 relief appearance in a 9-7 win over Pittsburgh. The flamboyant right-hander has made just one start during his run, hurling eight innings of two-hit ball in a 10-0 win over Arizona on May 29.

The 11-year veteran signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in January and made the club at the end of spring training.

“They gave me the opportunity to go out there and do my job,” Lima said. “I stopped the bleeding. Whatever they want me to do, I’ll do. If they want me to be the bat boy, I’ll be the bat boy.”

Since winning six of seven, the Dodgers have dropped back-to-back games, including a 7-1 defeat in the series opener on Tuesday.

Toronto left-hander Ted Lilly shut down the Dodgers, allowing just one run and seven hits over 7 1-3 innings for his fifth straight win.

Former Blue Jays outfielder Shawn Green chased Lilly with a homer in the eighth.

“Lilly pitched a great game,” Green said. “They got runs early, and we just couldn’t get anything going.”

Filling in for injured Carlos Delgado, first baseman Howie Clark hit his first major league home run and drove in a career-high four runs.

Clark hit a two-run double in the third and a two-run homer off Darren Dreifort in the eighth.

The Blue Jays put Delgado on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a strained right rib cage, making the move retroactive to May 30.

“We’ve already lost him for 10 days and if this thing pulls again we could lose him for 30 days,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.

“It’s only a precaution. Hopefully, he’ll be able to swing pain free by the weekend,” he added.

Delgado was second in AL MVP voting last year after hitting .302 with 42 homers and a major league-leading 145 RBIs. However, he is hitting just .227 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs this season.

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J. Lima NYM vs. M. Batista Col
13-5 Record 10-13
4.07 ERA 4.80
93 K 104
34 BB 96
1.24 WHIP 1.52