Toronto (23-19) at Colorado (24-19)

Cloudy Currently: Denver, CO
Temp: 57° F
  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sun May 21, 2006
  • TV: KTVD
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Surging Brad Hawpe seeks to maintain his hot bat for the Colorado Rockies on Sunday when they try to complete a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays at Coors Field.

Hawpe has hit safely in seven straight games, batting .423 (11-for-26) with seven RBIs during the run. His two-run triple in the fifth inning lifted Colorado (24-19) to a 5-1 victory on Saturday.

“In my eyes, Hawpe has been the best right fielder in baseball,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

Hawpe has raised his average from .325 to .342 during his hitting streak, tying him with Washington’s Jose Vidro for second in the NL in batting behind Atlanta’s Brian McCann.

Colorado left fielder Matt Holliday is also on a tear after going 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch Saturday in his fourth straight multihit effort. Holliday is 10-for-13 with six runs scored over the last four games.

The Rockies have received solid efforts from their starting pitchers in the first two games of the weekend series. Aaron Cook allowed two runs and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings in an 8-3 victory in Friday’s opener and Jeff Francis had a no-hitter through five innings Saturday before he allowed one run and four hits in the sixth—his final frame of the night.

“We basically got our (behinds) kicked tonight,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “They pitched better than us, and they showed what good defense can do.”

Colorado starter Josh Fogg (2-2, 4.30) is still searching for his first victory since he captured his first two outings of the season. Fogg is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA over his last six starts.

He gave up two runs and four hits over six innings and did not receive a decision in a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. The right-hander struggled with his command, walking five batters and throwing 46 strikes and 47 balls.

Fogg is facing the Blue Jays for the first time.

Toronto (23-19) is seeking to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season as it finishes a nine-game road trip. The trip started in Tampa Bay and went all the way across the coast to Anaheim before the trip to Denver for a journey that will cover 5,494 total miles.

The Blue Jays are batting a major league-leading .297, but they have struggled to score in their first visit to Coors Field. They have 17 hits in the first two games, with only five for extra bases and no homers.

The Rockies have 12 extra-base hits in the series, four of them home runs.

Toronto starter Ted Lilly (4-3, 3.52) will pitch against Colorado for the first time in his career. Lilly lost Tuesday at the Los Angeles Angels by yielding three runs and five hits over 4 1-3 innings in an 8-3 defeat.

The left-hander fell to 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in three road starts for the Blue Jays.

Lilly has limited left-handed hitters to a .211 average this year.

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T. Lilly LAD vs. J. Fogg Phi
15-13 Record 11-9
4.31 ERA 5.49
160 K 93
81 BB 60
1.43 WHIP 1.55