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Jays lose wild one


Jays lose wild one
The Toronto Blue Jays were in control of things for most of last night, but they were never able to deliver a big blow and, in the end, it cost them.

Josh Barfield hit a go-ahead RBI single in the 12th inning to start a three-run outburst as the Cleveland Indians twice rallied from deficits and recovered after wasting a two-run lead in the ninth for a 9-7 victory.

Shawn Camp (0-1), in his second inning of work, gave up a double to Mark DeRosa to open the 12th and an out later Luis Valbuena walked before Barfield shot a single up the middle to break the tie.

After Ben Francisco popped out to first, Grady Sizemore clubbed a double to right to bring home two more for a 9-6 lead.

Jensen Lewis, coming after Rafael Perez surrendered an RBI single to Rod Barajas, was able to hold that margin in the bottom of the frame for his first save, ending a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays (18-10).

Rafael Betancourt (1-1) threw two scoreless innings for the win as the Indians (10-16) stopped a two-game losing streak.

The game went into extra innings after some high drama over the final three frames.

Blue Jays starter Brian Tallet took a no-hitter into the seventh but surrendered a three-spot to fall behind 3-2.

Vernon Wells responded in the bottom of the frame with a two-run single for a 4-3 lead, but Brandon League and Kerry Wood both proceeded to blow saves in the ninth needing only a final strike to seal victory for their teams.

League coughed up three runs on Asbrubal Cabrera's two-out, two-strike RBI single, Victor Martinez's run-scoring double and Shin-soo Choo's RBI single.

But Wood couldn't seal the deal, as with runners on second and third, Jose Bautista blooped a two-run single on a 2-2 pitch to knot things up 6-6.

Alex Rios helped set up the play by alertly stealing second to put the tying run in scoring position.

The game, through six, had been a pitching duel.

Tallet, a converted reliever who had never pitched more than six innings before, took a no-hitter into the seventh and after striking out Jhonny Peralta for the first out, he hit a wall.

Ryan Garko singled sharply up the middle, leading to a standing ovation for Tallet from the crowd of 15,295, before rookie Matt LaPorta, the prime return from Milwaukee in last year's CC Sabathia trade, homered to left for his first big-league hit to tie the game up 2-2. Francisco followed with a bunt single, Sizemore doubled to right and Cabrera followed with a fielder's choice grounder with the infield in that brought home Francisco for a 3-2 lead.

Shortstop Marco Scutaro fielded Cabrera's grounder but his throw home pulled catcher Barajas toward the first base side of the plate, allowing Francisco to sneak in safely.

Tallet recovered to get Martinez on a fly ball to right and Choo on a grounder.

While Tallet didn't allow a hit through the first six, he had to pitch himself out of some trouble. With runners on first and second and none out in the fifth, he got LaPorta on a fielder's choice, Francisco on a fly ball to right and Sizemore on a grounder to first.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 5, 2009

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