The Blue Jays seek to avoid dropping consecutive games for the first time this month on Saturday when they continue a three-game interleague series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Toronto (23-18) has yet to lose three straight this season and hasn’t lost consecutive games since April 29-30. The Blue Jays have avoided slides despite the struggles of Towers, who fell to 1-8 after an 8-3 loss in the series opener on Friday.
The Blue Jays have won the game after a loss by Towers six times this season. They’ve done it with offense, scoring an average of 7.7 runs in those contests to bounce back.
The Toronto lineup failed to capitalize on its opportunities in its first visit to Coors Field on Friday. The Blue Jays wasted 12 hits, matching a season high by stranding 12 runners.
It’s been a strong road trip for first baseman Lyle Overbay, who has hit safely in the first seven games of a nine-game trek. The Blue Jays are 4-3 in those contests. Overbay is batting .344 (10-for-29) with three multihit efforts in that stretch.
Left fielder Reed Johnson is 7-for-16 over the last three games for the Blue Jays after going 2-for-5 in Friday’s loss.
Colorado (23-19) won for only the third time in nine games. Clint Barmes drove in four runs and went 2-for-4 in his first multihit effort since April 27. Garrett Atkins and Todd Helton added home runs off Towers.
Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 to continue his sizzling May. Holliday is hitting .429 (27-for-63) this month with seven homers and 12 RBIs over 17 games.
The Rockies have had trouble supporting Saturday’s starter Jeff Francis (2-3, 3.26 ERA). They’ve scored four runs or fewer in five of his seven starts, including his last time out on Sunday, when Francis surrendered three runs and six hits over seven innings in a 3-0 loss at Houston.
The left-hander is limiting opponents to a .212 batting average this year, including a .204 average by right-handed hitters.
Francis, who has never faced Toronto in his career, went 1-3 with a 6.20 ERA in four interleague starts last season.
The Blue Jays will call up Ty Taubenheim (NR) from Triple-A Syracuse to make his major-league debut. He’s 2-2 with a 1.36 ERA in eight starts this season for the SkyChiefs.
Toronto is in need of a starter because Gustavo Chacin is out with a sprained elbow and forearm.
Taubenheim spent the last three years in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization before he was sent to Toronto in December as part of the deal in which the Blue Jays acquired Overbay. The 23-year-old right-hander combined to go 12-8 with a 3.28 ERA in 27 starts in 2005 with Single-A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville.