MLB Game Summary - Toronto at Arizona|
(Monday, September 2nd)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Arizona 1
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Esmil Rogers struck out five and surrendered
just one hit in 6 1/3 innings to help the Toronto Blue Jays take down the
Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1, in the series opener from Chase Field.
Rogers (4-7) was pulled with one out in the seventh despite throwing just 83
pitches. Sergio Santos pitched around a walk to finish the seventh, Steve
Delabar needed just six pitches to get through the eighth and Aaron Loup
gave up a run in the ninth before Casey Janssen came in and picked up his 27th
"Great outing. We have seen that before this year," said Toronto manager John
Gibbons about Rogers. "He's had some really good ones before, just like that.
He did a heck of a job for us tonight, he really did."
Brandon McCarthy (3-9) went the distance for Arizona, allowing four runs
on five hits to absorb the loss, his sixth in his last seven decisions.
"We just didn't hit," said D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson. "9 out of 11 first
pitches put in play were ground balls. Didn't make an adjustment and obviously
he (Rogers) was throwing the ball well in the zone."
Toronto went up 2-0 in the second inning, when Moises Sierra sparked a
rally with a one-out double to center. After Josh Thole grounded out, Kevin
Pillar and Anthony Gose delivered back-to-back RBI hits.
McCarthy was terrific after that, holding Toronto hitless until the ninth
inning. The D'Backs' right-hander retired 16 straight after hitting Edwin
Encarnacion in the arm with two away in the third before Ryan Goins reached
with a single to left to begin the ninth. Encarnacion followed with his 35th
home run of the season, giving the Jays a 4-0 cushion.
Loup started the ninth on the hill for Toronto but saw just two batters after
Cliff Pennington doubled down the left field line and pinch-hitter Willie
Bloomquist followed with an RBI-single to center. Janssen relieved Loup and
walked A.J. Pollock to bring the tying run to the plate before settling down
and retiring the side to end the game.
Encarnacion became the fourth Toronto player ever to record consecutive
seasons of at least 35 home runs and 100 RBI, joining Carlos Delgado,
Jose Bautista and Shawn Green ... Janssen tied Kelvim Escobar for fifth on
the Blue Jays all-time saves list with 58 ... The D'Backs had won eight
straight interleague games at home ... McCarthy did not issue a walk for his
second straight start and seventh time this season ... Martin Prado has now
reached safely in 18 of 19 games and extended his hitting streak to nine
09/02 19:26:00 ET