Blue Jays 5, Devil Rays 4, 10 innings

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TORONTO (AP)—The Toronto Blue Jays jolted their fans awake with two late rallies.

Aaron Hill hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Blue Jays a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday night.

Toronto rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the ninth and a 4-3 deficit in the 10th to secure the victory.

“We let the fans lay low and think about hockey for seven innings and then we woke them up, and let them go home feeling good,” manager John Gibbons joked about Toronto’s hockey-mad fans.

Gregg Zaun led off the 10th with a single and Hill, who was 4-for-4 with three runs, followed with a two-run shot off Brian Meadows (3-6) to give the Blue Jays the win.

“We never really give up. We play to the finish,” Hill said. “It’s nice to walk away with the win.”

The Devil Rays had taken a 4-3 lead in the 10th on a wild pitch by B.J. Ryan (2-2). Tomas Perez struck out to lead off the inning, but reached first on a passed ball by Zaun. He moved to third on Delmon Young’s single and scored when Ryan’s pitch to Carl Crawford was in the dirt.

Down 3-1 in the ninth, the Blue Jays rallied to tie it as Seth McClung blew his first save of the season.

Hill led off with a double before Russ Adams walked. Reed Johnson struck out for the first out, but McClung’s wild pitch advanced the runners.

Frank Catalanotto followed with a RBI infield single before Vernon Wells tied it with a sacrifice fly—his 100th RBI of the season.

“All you can really do is get ready for today,” said McClung, who was 6-for-6 in save chances.

Toronto ace Roy Halladay started for the first time since Garret Anderson lined a single off his pitching elbow Sunday. The 2003 Cy Young winner lasted just 16 pitches in that outing, but he pitched nine innings against Tampa Bay.

“I felt normal,” Halladay said. “It wasn’t a factor”

Halladay allowed three runs and nine hits, while striking out five and walking one.

The right-hander hasn’t won in five starts. He has three starts left so he won’t get a chance to win his 20th game.

Gibbons said it was the hardest decision of the year not let Halladay pitch the 10th inning.

The two talked about it before Gibbons elected not to do it.

Halladay was OK with it.

“It was the right thing to do,” he said. “I think it would have been more of a selfish thing to go out and try to get a win out of it when a lot fresher guys could come in.”

Tampa Bay’s Shane Riggans doubled in the third, advanced to third on a grounder and scored on Halladay’s wild pitch. Rocco Baldelli singled in the sixth and Young doubled before Crawford hit a run-scoring grounder.

Perez’s RBI single in the seventh made it 3-0.

The Blue Jays got a run back in the bottom half on Wells’ sacrifice fly.

Notes

RF Alex Rios took batting practice on Friday, testing how much his bone bruise in his right hand had healed. Rios has not had an at-bat in six games. He pinch-ran in the 10th. … Halladay missed the second half of last season after a line drive off the bat of Texas’ Kevin Mench broke a bone in his left leg and prevented him from starting in the All-Star game.

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