Lilly shines versus Cardinals, Jays win 5-2

TORONTO, ON – Toronto's Ted Lilly turned in an impressive performance as the Jays powered by an Orlando Hudson two-run home run, win the rubber-match of the series 5-2 Wednesday night at the Rogers Centre.

The early indications from Ted Lilly were very pleasing as he struck out the side in the first inning after allowing a leadoff single to Mark Gruzielanek. Getting off to a good start has plagued Lilly in recent starts where he has failed to pitch past the second inning in two of his starts last month. Lilly would be rewarded by his teammates in the second.

Aaron Hill would get things started by beating out an infield single to shortstop. Struggling second baseman Orlando Hudson would then take Cardinals starter Jason Marquis just over the wall in left, an opposite field two-run shot. Russ Adams would follow that up with a single, proceeded to steal second base, and was brought home by Alex Rios who singled up the middle, giving Toronto a 3-0 lead.

The score would remain that way until the fifth when the Jays would strike again with two outs. Shea Hillenbrand would double to left field and advance to third on a wild pitch. Eric Hinske would walk putting men on the corners for Hill. Hill would shoot one to the opposite field in right field for a double, where the ball was grabbed by a fan which would have kept Eric Hinske at third, but by the discretion home plate umpire Mike Reilly, awarded Hinske home plate because he was most likely to score if there wasn't any fan interference, extending the Jays lead to 5-0.

Ted Lilly was holding the Cardinal bats in check all game leaving after seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits and striking out six. He would be replaced by Vinnie Chulk in the eighth and would immediately get into trouble. With one out, Chulk would surrender three straight singles, the third being an RBI base hit by Albert Pujols. That would chase Chulk from the game in favor of Scott Schoeneweis who was asked to get the left-handed hitter Larry Walker, but ended up walking the Canadian, loading the bases. Jason Frasor would enter the game and allow an RBI single to Reggie Sanders, making it 5-2, but would get Scott Seabol to ground into an inning ending double-play.

Miguel Batista would come in to pitch the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to John Mabry, but Toronto would spin its third double-play of the night followed by a groundout to first base by Abraham Nunez to close things out for his twelfth save of the season.

Ted Lilly improves to 4-7 on the season while Jason Marquis is tagged with the loss, dropping his record to 8-4. The Blue Jays climb back to .500 on the season and welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to town as Interleague play continues on Friday. Gustavo Chacin (6-4) will take the ball in the opener for Toronto as he goes up against one-time Blue Jay Doug Davis (8-5) for the Brew Crew.

The game on Friday can be seen on TSN starting at 7pm EST with radio coverage on The FAN 590AM.

InsideTheDome's Game Notes: The Toronto Blue Jays sent Chad Gaudin down to Triple-A Syracuse after the game on Wednesday and recalled outfielder Gabe Gross…Center fielder Vernon Wells won't be with the team this weekend against the Brewers as he will be by his wife's side as she is expecting the couple's second child…Tonight was the first time this season that Ted Lilly has pitched seven innings.

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