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04/20/2005 Archived Entry: "MLB News: Jays split with Sox: AL wrap up"

Blue Jays brush off bombs;bounce back in ninth against Boston- and the rest of the AL action
By Trent Harrison

Toronto's Roy Halladay picked up his third win of the season by going eight innings and allowing four hits, two frankly that have probably yet to fall off the bats of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. Boston relievers Alan Embree and Keith Foulke(L, 1-2) gave up two in the eighth and one in the ninth respectively to keep the Jays atop the AL East at 9-6.
Toronto's Cory Koskie had his stroke on last night, going 4-5 with a dinger and two RBI's, while Vernon Wells added his third of the year. It was Koskie who got the game-winning RBI with a single off Foulke.
The Red Sox had monster home-runs off Halladay, solo shots tha gave Ortiz his fourth of the year and Ramirez his fifth in as many days, but not enough to put the screws to the former Cy Young winner for the Jays, who had sixty-five of his one hundred pitches go for strikes. The win snapped Boston's five game win streak.
Boston will now takes its 8-6 record to the hot-hitting Baltimore Orioles while Toronto will take on the Last-Place New York Yankees. In other news...

Texas got eight innings of six-hit ball out of Pedro Astascio and Francisco Cordero notched his sixth save as the Rangers beat the Athletics 3-0
Starter Hideo Nomo, working for his first time on three days rest, was good enough a match for Randy Johnson and the Yankees as the Devil Rays downed the Yanks 6-2 behind Eduardo Perez's two homeruns.
Seattle's Jamie Moyer got his third win of the year and closer Eddie Guardado got save number four as the Mariners won 5-3 over the Angels. Ritchie Sexson and Raul Ibanez homered for Seattle and Vlad Guerrero went 3-5 with his fifth homerrun for the Angels.
Baltimore used home runs by Raffy Palmeiro, Miguel Tejada, and Brian Roberts to take a win over the Detroit Tigers by a score of 8-4. Sidney Ponson sobered up in time for his second win of the season, going six innings with nine hits and four strikeouts.
And rounding it the AL scores, Paul Konerko connected with his league-leading seventh home run as the Chcago White Sox took a 3-1 victory over the Twins. Orlando Hernandez got his second win, while Brad Radke got three hits apiece from teammates Jaques Jones and Shannon Stewart, but wound up with his third loss of the season. Radke just never seems to get any love from his mates...

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