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Facing Yankees no walk in the park

Facing Yankees no walk in the park
JAYS -Yankees: Boxscore, S9

Brian Tallet shares manager Cito Gaston's disdain for walks, so the Blue Jays' left-handed starting pitcher was disgusted with himself after issuing five of them in last night's 3-2 loss to the Yankees.

For Tallet, it didn't matter he had pitched six strong innings and given up just four hits and two earned runs. And after the game, he didn't seek solace in the fact Toronto still had a chance to win the game when he left it.

And he didn't find pride in matching high-priced starter Yankees starter CC Sabathia pitch for pitch, or proving he belongs in the starting rotation long-term.

Instead, he said four stray fastballs to Yankees centrefielder Brett Gardner defined his night.

That walk turned into the run that tied the game.

Hideki Matsui would later win the game with an eighth-inning solo homer off Jesse Carlson, but Tallet is convinced it wouldn't have happened if he had managed to retire Gardner.

"I was just disappointed in myself, I got the guy out two times. What am I doing walking him?" said Tallet, 2-1 with a 4.68 ERA after last night's game. "In that situation you've got to make him hit the ball and let your defence play behind you. More than anything (getting Gardner out) is a momentum builder. Instead it ended up being a momentum killer."

Meanwhile, Sabathia used a solid game against the league's best-hitting lineup to even his record at 3-3 and continue to atone for a slow start.

The Rogers Centre roof was open for the first time this season, and as the 6-foot-7, 290-pound Sabathia strode to the mound, his baggy pants fluttered like flags in the stiff breeze. He stifled the Jays early with a mixture of precision and movement. Through four innings, he had surrendered just two hits and didn't walk a batter until the fifth.

While his fastball topped out at about 90 m.p.h. in the first inning he gradually increased the heat, and by the fourth inning he was hitting 95. But he still couldn't sneak it past Alex Rios, who belted a fastball over the centre-field fence to tie the game at one. The homer was the fourth of the season for Rios; his sixth hit in the past four games.

Even with the disappointing finish, Gaston said he'll deal with last night's loss against a top-flight pitcher the same way he dealt with Tuesday's win by his own ace, Roy Halladay - by focusing on the next game.

"He's a good pitcher," Gaston said after the game. "Tallet hung in there with him, we hung in there as long as we could. Tallet gives up a couple of runs against Sabathia and you figure you might have a chance to win that game.

"But we didn't. We move on."

Hoping to salvage a series win after splitting the first two, the Jays made several lineup changes last night - some by design and some by necessity.

With a southpaw on the mound for the second consecutive night, left fielder Jose Bautista and first baseman Kevin Millar remained in the lineup.

But instead of batting Bautista ninth in place of regular left fielder Travis Snider, Gaston batted him fifth, replacing regular designated hitter Adam Lind.

John McDonald also made his first start of the season at second base replacing Aaron Hill, who played DH.

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Added: May 15, 2009

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