Blue Jays 4, Devil Rays 3

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TORONTO (AP)—The Toronto Blue Jays needed a break.

Joe Borowski’s wild pitch in the eighth inning allowed the go-ahead run to score as the Blue Jays rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday night.

Toronto’s Gregg Zaun was batting and tried to call time with two outs in the eighth, but plate umpire Larry Vanover didn’t allow it. Borowski (1-2) then threw a wild pitch, allowing Shea Hillenbrand to score from third.

“It worked out good for us,” Zaun said after Toronto won for just the fourth time in 14 games. “I don’t know if it threw him off or not. You’d have to ask him.”

Zaun said he wasn’t trying to throw off Borowski.

“I was having enough trouble out there just trying to put a barrel on the ball,” he said. “With two strikes in that situation it wasn’t the time to get tricky. We just happened to get lucky.”

Borowski said he became confused when the thought he heard somebody call timeout.

“That’s a tough way to lose,” Borowski said. “I wasn’t sure what it was, but you have to keep going.”

Toronto had tied the game earlier in the inning on Corey Koskie’s run-scoring double play grounder.

Scott Schoeneweis (3-3) got the last out of the eighth, and Miguel Batista finished for his 25th save in 30 chances.

“It was a break we needed,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said of the wild pitch.

Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella did not talk to reporters after the game.

Frank Menechino homered for the Blue Jays (67-67), who avoided falling two games under .500 for the first since July 17. Toronto starter Scott Downs struck out a career-high 11 in seven-plus innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.

“I’m not a strikeout pitcher. There are just some days where things are going well and it all falls into place,” Downs said.

Jorge Cantu hit a three-run homer for Tampa Bay, which extended its losing streak to five. Mark Hendrickson allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Julio Lugo and Carl Crawford hit consecutive singles in the third and Cantu hit his 23rd homer. The three hits came on three straight pitches.

Reed Johnson hit an RBI grounder in the third, and Frank Menechino cut it to 3-2 in the fifth with Toronto’s first home run in 69 innings.


Attendance was just 15,108, the second-lowest crowd at Rogers Centre this season … Piniella declined to comment when asked if he wanted to see top prospect Delmon Young brought up. Young hit .312 with 25 home runs and 93 RBIs combined at Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.

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