Blue Jays 6, Cubs 4
Hill drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the eighth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 Tuesday night.
Greg Zaun added an RBI single for the Blue Jays, who won for the second consecutive night in their first visit to Wrigley Field.
“Both games have been real good wins,” Hill said. “Everyone contributed as far as pitching, defense and obviously the bats. The guys are having fun.”
Michael Barrett homered twice for the Cubs, who won nine of 10 before this series.
Chicago just finished a West Coast road trip where it won six of seven games, but has not played well at Wrigley in the first two games of this series.
“It’s frustrating. You have to take advantage of your home field,” Barrett said. “Nobody should come in and take advantage of you here. Unfortunately we have to put a good game in tomorrow and not get swept.”
The Blue Jays took advantage of a number defensive miscues by the Cubs.
Vernon Wells just missed a homer in the eighth off Cubs reliever Todd Wellemeyer (1-1). With one out, Wells’ drive hit the top of the wall in left-center, just below the basket and out of the reach of Todd Hollandsworth. But Corey Patterson redeemed himself for an earlier bad throw by cutting down Wells at third.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and third base coach Brian Butterfield argued with umpire Dan Iassogna to no avail. Shea Hillenbrand followed with a double to left, breaking an 0-for-12 slump, then scored on Hill’s single to give the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead.
Zaun then followed with a single to left, driving in Hill for a 5-3 lead.
“I stood there and watched it,” Ohman said. “It’s embarrassing.”
The Cubs had the bases loaded in the seventh with two outs, but failed to score. Toronto reliever Scott Schoeneweis (2-1) got Patterson to ground out to end the inning.
Miguel Batista pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.
Aramis Ramirez went 2-for-3 for the Cubs with two doubles.
Barrett’s second homer of the game, and seventh of the season, came in the eighth inning off reliever Jason Frasor, cutting Toronto’s lead to 5-4.
Reed Johnson led off the game with a single and Alexis Rios followed with a walk. Wells drove Johnson in with a double to right and Rios scored on Hill’s groundout, giving Toronto a 2-0 lead.
Barrett homered off Toronto starter Josh Towers to start the third inning for the Cubs. It looked like Chicago was going to score more that inning when Towers gave up back-to-back walks and Derrek Lee came up with one out, but Towers got Lee to ground out on a 3-0 pitch and then retired Jeromy Burnitz to end the inning.
“I’m walking two to get to the hottest hitter (Lee) in baseball,” Towers said. “It’s like ‘What are you doing?’ So we threw a slider. I tried to make it as I tight as I could so he couldn’t sit on it. The umpire (Iassogna) told me how did I get so lucky. I said, ‘I don’t know but that was luck.”’
In the fourth, Ramirez led off with a hard line drive into the ivy in left for a ground-rule double. He moved to third on Patterson’s sacrifice bunt and tied the game at 2 on Hollandsworth’s groundout.
Toronto came back and took the lead in the fifth. With one out, Johnson hit a deep fly ball near the right-field line that landed just out of the reach of Burnitz. Johnson ended up at third for his third triple of the season.
Rios followed with a shallow pop fly to left-center. Patterson, playing in center, called shortstop Neifi Perez off, Patterson made the catch, but threw wildly over Barrett at the plate. Johnson, who wasn’t tagging initially, easily scored from third on the overthrow to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead.
The Cubs got the run back in the sixth on Hollandsworth’s sacrifice fly, tying the game at 3.
Cubs starter Glendon Rusch, who won his previous three starts, allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings. He struck out two and walked three.
Towers pitched 5 1-3 innings, allowed three runs and five hits.
Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis was the guest conductor for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” … Cubs RHP Kerry Wood is scheduled to pitch a simulated game Wednesday. Wood has been on the disabled list since May 3 with a right shoulder strain.