Blue Jays Pour It On

The Yankees were pounded by the Blue Jays before raindrops started pounding down from sky. Torrential rain stopped the game after seven and a half innings, and it also stopped Toronto's onslaught. When the game was called about a half-hour after it was first stopped, the Jays came out on top 8-0.

Toronto starter Mark Hendrickson (6-6) was credited with a complete-game shutout for his efforts. He lasted seven innings and allowed just five hits and a pair of walks while fanning two batters.

Jeff Weaver (5-8) finally broke down starting in the fourth inning, after managing to keep the Jays at bay for the first three. He allowed back-to-back doubles to start the inning and allow Toronto's first run. As it turns out, it would be all that the Jays would need. But that didn't stop them.

The scored another run in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead, then added three more in the next inning. Vernon Wells hit the first of his two homeruns, and then four straight singles forced Weaver from the game with the Yankees down by five.

Weaver, who had burned through Toronto in his previous start, was hit hard on Monday and booed when he left the game. His curveball was being knocked all over the park, yet he seemed to refuse to go back to his fastball as an out pitch. In his 4 1/3 innings of work he threw 96 pitches and allowed 11 hits and a walk while striking out three.

Sterling Hitchcock came in to replace Weaver but ran into trouble of his own. The southpaw continued his struggles, allowing a run in each of the seventh and eighth innings. Dan Miceli pitched the eighth and served up Wells' second homerun.

The rains came and spared the Yankees of any more of a beating, but it may also have prevented a comeback. Toronto's Scott Service came out to start the bottom of the eighth before the game was called. Toronto is not known for their prowess in the pen, and the Yankees might have been able to at least make the game look presentable had the rain not ended it prematurely.

The Yankees will look to avoid the two-game sweep on Tuesday at 7:05 pm, but they will most certainly have their work cut out for them. Roy Halladay (14-2, 3.33), on a 14-game win streak, will take the mound for the Blue Jays looking for his 15th straight. Andy Pettitte (11-6, 4.66) gets the start for the Yankees. He is looking for his seventh straight win.

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