CHICAGO (AP) -The
are glad to see the
Toronto Blue Jays
pitched 7 1-3 strong innings and the
scored six runs in the eighth to snap a scoreless tie Thursday night as Toronto beat the
Toronto won three of four at U.S. Cellular Field and went 7-1 against the
this season. The
won for the 11th time in 12 games overall to get into the wild-card race.
''We've played well since the All-Star break, even against our division,''
said after his team moved within 6 1/2 games of Boston for the AL wild card with four games at Fenway Park beginning Friday.
''You look back and there were some games we should have won and some we should have lost,'' Gaston added. ''I think they're
enjoying it and having a great time.''
Chicago, which has dropped four of five, remained one game ahead of the Twins in the AL Central. Minnesota lost to Kansas
''We have the type of team that can win seven in a row, six in a row, but we have the type of team that can lose five or six
in a row. That's the way we've played all year long,''
Marcum (9-6) took a three-hit shutout into the eighth in his second straight solid start since returning from the minors.
He allowed five hits and two runs.
hit his 538th homer off reliever
in the bottom of the eighth as Chicago rallied for four runs to pull to 6-4. But B.J. Ryan struck out the side in the ninth,
with runners at the corners to end the game.
''We knew coming in they got excellent pitching, both starting and in the bullpen,'' Thome said. ''They got a nice club. Be
glad to kind of move on. They have a nice pitching staff and unfortunately we didn't have a very good series.''
Thome's homer was the only one Toronto allowed in the four-game set - and the
lead the majors with 210 homers.
''That's our club, we hit home runs,'' Thome said. ''When you face pitching like this, it's tough. They got guys that throw
hard and guys that move the ball around and don't throw the ball straight.''
One night after their 10-game winning streak was snapped, the
(15-7) out in the eighth and roughed up the
's bullpen, collecting seven hits in the inning. Five of their runs scored after two were outs.
''It's very important to get back on the winning road and also to win that ballgame out there,'' Gaston said. ''We'll just
take it onto Boston and see what we can do there.''
After Floyd had allowed just three hits in seven shutout innings,
hit a leadoff double in the eighth,
delivered his third hit of the night, an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.
followed with singles to load the bases and finish Floyd.
relieved and struck out
hit a two-out, two-run single up the middle and the
were up three. Ehren Wasserman replaced Thornton and quickly gave up an RBI double to
and a two-run single to
sent Marcum out in the eighth when Uribe and Cabrera singled with one out. Downs relieved and after pinch-hitter
flied out to the warning track in right,
hit a two-run double and Thome followed with his 31st homer to make it 6-4.
Toronto loaded the bases again in the ninth before
struck out Lind.
Floyd, who was 5-0 in his previous eight starts, gave up only two hits in the first six innings and they were both to Scutaro,
who doubled in the first and singled in the sixth.
Notes: Scutaro finished the series 8-for-12. ... Gaston said the
will pitch starters A.J. Burnett,
on short rest during this weekend's four-game series in Boston. Burnett will start the first game of Saturday's double-header
and Litsch will pitch the second game. Halladay will pitch the series-finale on Sunday. ... Not only will
pitch on three days' rest for Chicago on Saturday against Detroit,
is slated to do the same against the Royals on Sept. 19.