Blue Jays 9, Brewers 5

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TORONTO (AP)—Frank Menechino and Eric Hinske needed this kind of night, and so did the Toronto Blue Jays.

Menechino hit his first two homers of the season, and Hinske added a three-run shot to lead Toronto over the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 Friday.

“It felt great to finally break out,” said Menechino, who went 3-for-3 with a walk to raise his average to .217.

The Blue Jays scored just 14 runs in their previous seven games. But they jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first against Doug Davis (8-6), who lasted just 1 2-3 innings.

Hinske entered the game hitting only .167 against left-handers, yet he complained last week that he wasn’t starting against them recently.

“I want to play every day against right-handed and left-handed pitching,” said Hinske, who was also in an 0-for-10 slump overall. “June’s been bad for me. I’ve been cold. I haven’t been swinging the bat too well, so I’m just trying to get out of the little funk that I was in. Today was great for me.”

Davis allowed seven runs and eight hits in his shortest outing this season.

After Hinske’s three-run drive in the first, Menechino hit his first home run. Menechino added another solo shot off Wes Obermueller in the fifth, the third time in his career he’s homered twice and the first since June 13, 2001, with Oakland.

“It was just a matter of time. Hopefully, that will get him going,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Pete Walker (2-0) pitched three innings for the victory.

Bill Hall homered and had three hits for the Brewers, who have lost seven of eight.

Toronto sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning and scored on Shea Hillenbrand’s RBI single, Gregg Zaun’s run-scoring single and home runs by Hinske and Menechino. Hinske’s homer landed in the Windows restaurant in center field.

“He needed that and we needed that,” Gibbons said.

Hinske didn’t realize he hit the ball that far.

“I’ve never gone up there. It’s definitely cool,” he said.

Hillenbrand added an RBI single off Davis in the second, giving the Blue Jays a 7-1 lead.

Davis gave Toronto’s hitters credit, but also said he lacked command.

“I got behind and that’s what got me in trouble,” Davis said. “When I had to throw a strike they knew it was coming.”

Wes Helms hit a sacrifice fly in the second, and the Brewers scored three runs in the third on Rickie Weeks’ RBI double, Lyle Overbay’s sacrifice fly and Carlos Lee’s run-scoring single.

John McDonald gave Toronto an 8-4 lead with an RBI grounder in the third.

Hall homered off Walker in the sixth, ending his string of 18 1-3 scoreless innings.


Milwaukee OF Chris Magruder left the team to be with his pregnant wife. … Toronto CF Vernon Wells left the team this weekend to be with his pregnant wife. … Milwaukee C Damian Miller left the game after his at-bat in the second inning because of a lower back strain. … Davis won his previous four decisions. … Toronto starter Gustavo Chacin allowed four runs and six hits in 2 1-3 innings. … Weeks got his first career extra-base hit with a double in the third. … Davis didn’t allow a home run in his previous four starts.

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