Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Toronto leads 2-0 (as of 6/8)

Game 1: Friday, June 7
Colorado 0Final
Toronto 8
Game 2: Saturday, June 8
Colorado 1Final
Toronto 3
Game 3: Sunday, June 9
Colorado 2Final
Toronto 3

Rockies 1

(31-31, 11-19 away)

Blue Jays 3

(25-34, 13-21 home)

    4:05 PM ET, June 8, 2002

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: P. Walker (2-0)

    L: J. Thomson (6-5)

    S: K. Escobar (12)

    Wells, Delgado go deep; Jays pitchers dominant

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies are having a hard time hitting against pitchers they haven't seen before.

    Carlos Delgado
    Delgado

    Vernon Wells
    Wells

    Vernon Wells and Carlos Delgado homered in the seventh inning, leading Pete Walker and the Toronto Blue Jays over the Rockies 3-1 Saturday.

    Walker (2-0) and relievers Cliff Politte and Kelvim Escobar combined on a four-hitter. On Friday night, Toronto's Roy Halladay shut out the Rockies on a two-hitter.

    ''It's always a little bit testy when you haven't gone up against guys,'' Colorado's Todd Zeile said. ''There aren't many scouting reports on them. Halladay was all over us yesterday and Walker just did a good job throwing his cutter.''

    The Blue Jays have won eight of nine, and are now 5-1 under new manager Carlos Tosca.

    Tosca believes the pitcher has the advantage when a hitter and pitcher face each other for the first time.

    ''I really do think that because the one thing that hitters always talk about is, 'What's he got? What's the ball doing?''' Tosca said.

    The Rockies have lost five of six. They are 8-26 away from Coors Field in six seasons of interleague play.

    ''There's no room for error when you score one run in 18 innings,'' said Colorado manager Clint Hurdle.

    Colorado starter John Thomson (6-5) only allowed two infield singles before Delgado tied it at 1 in the seventh with his 15th homer.

    Rookie Eric Hinske followed with a double, and Wells homered over the left-field wall.

    Wells said his teammates didn't want to see Walker lose.

    ''He pitched too good of a game to get a loss,'' Wells said. ''Luckily, I had the chance to get the win for him.''

    Walker allowed one run and three hits in seven innings in his third career start. The 33-year-old journeyman right-hander was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets on May 3.

    ''I think the Rockies definitely wanted to get some hits off me early after what happened with Halladay,'' Walker said. ''I just really wanted to keep them down in the early innings, and find my groove and I was able to do that.''

    Politte worked the eighth and Escobar pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.

    Walker didn't allow a baserunner until Jose Ortiz doubled with one out in the third. After Gary Bennett was hit by a pitch and Juan Pierre hit an infield single to load the bases, Juan Uribe followed with a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

    Thomson just allowed Darrin Fletcher's single in the third and Joe Lawrence's single in the sixth before Delgado tied the game.

    ''My location was good until the seventh inning,'' Thomson said.

    Game notes


    Colorado's Larry Walker received the Tip O'Neill award before the game. The award is presented annually to the best Canadian baseball player. Walker, who has won the award eight times since 1987, shared the award this year with Minnesota's Corey Koskie. ... Former Toronto manager Jim Fregosi, an assistant to Atlanta general manager John Schuerholz, sat in the stands behind home plate. Fregosi said he wasn't in Toronto to do advance scouting. ... Wells has five home runs.

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