Series: Game 1 of 3

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 5/6)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 6
Game 2: Wednesday, May 7
Game 3: Thursday, May 8

Blue Jays 15

(15-18, 7-8 away)

Rangers 5

(14-18, 8-9 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 6, 2003

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    TOR 054150000 15 17 0
    TEX 130000100 5 7 0

    W: R. Halladay (2-2)

    L: C. Lewis (3-3)

    Delgado leads Toronto's homer binge with a pair

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Carlos Delgado has always had good success at Texas, and the rest of his Toronto teammates joined him Tuesday night.

    Delgado hit two of Toronto's five home runs as the Blue Jays beat the Rangers 15-5.

    The Blue Jays has 17 hits, nine of them for extra bases, and took over the major league lead with a .291 team batting average. Rookie Jayson Werth, Chris Woodward and Shannon Stewart all had three hits, and Delgado was among three other Toronto hitters with two.

    "It seems when people are going good, everybody is going good,'' Delgado said. "I don't know how to explain it. You don't try to fight it. You ride it, and hopefully it stays with you for a long time.''

    The Blue Jays, after going 9-18 in April, have won all five of their games in May. They swept defending World Series champ Anaheim in three games over the weekend.

    Against the Rangers, eight of the nine Toronto starters had hits. Eight scored runs and eight drove in runs.

    Werth and Orlando Hudson both hit three-run homers for the Blue Jays. Vernon Wells, who went to high school in Arlington and still lives there, led off the fourth with his seventh homer.

    With his 32nd career multihomer game, Delgado increased his season total to 11 homers. He's tied for the AL lead with Texas' Juan Gonzalez and Carl Everett, who hit a three-run homer, and leads the majors with 36 RBIs.

    "It's a situation where everything seems to go your way,'' said Delgado, who's also second in the AL with a .363 average.

    Texas slugger Rafael Palmeiro, two homers shy of becoming the 19th player with 500, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout on a 10-pitch at-bat before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth, when the Rangers were already down 15-4.

    Palmeiro, hit by a pitch on his right elbow Saturday at Cleveland, fouled a pitch off his kneecap in the first at-bat. He and manager Buck Showalter both said everything was OK.

    Delgado led off the second and third innings with homers. He has 16 career homers at The Ballpark in Arlington, tying Anaheim's Tim Salmon for the most by an opposing player at stadium, which is in its 10th season.

    "It's a hitter's ballpark, and he's proven that through the years,'' said Toronto manager Carlos Tosca. "That, and the fact that he's pretty locked in right now.''

    After allowing four runs in the first two innings, Roy Halladay (2-2) retired 15 of 16 batters until Michael Young's one-out triple in the seventh. Young came home on Everett's groundout as Halladay finished the inning.

    Everett's three-run homer in the second got the Rangers to 5-4. Hank Blalock had a solo homer in the first to put Texas ahead.

    The first five Toronto batters reached base and scored to start the second off Colby Lewis (3-3), and the first four repeated that feat in the third, when the Blue Jays went ahead 9-4.

    "This is a little hump in the road that I've get to get over,'' said Lewis, who has lost three straight starts, including to Toronto on Thursday, when he gave up seven runs in two innings.

    After Delgado's homer in the second, the next three batters reached, including Hudson with an RBI single. Werth then hit his first career homer, putting the Blue Jays ahead to stay.

    Lewis was pulled after Delgado led off the fourth with a 451-foot homer into the second deck of the stands in right-center field. It was the fourth-longest homer ever hit at the stadium.

    Esteban Yan took over for the Rangers, allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base before Hudson's first homer of the season.

    The Blue Jays added five runs in the fifth off Jay Powell, benefiting from a blown call at the plate for one of the runs.

    Woodward had an RBI single, then came home on Eric Hinkse's grounder. Second baseman Young threw home and catcher Einar Diaz applied the tag. Umpire Doug Eddings ruled safe, but television replays showed clearly that Diaz tagged Woodward's arm before he touched home plate with the same arm.

    Game notes

    Halladay has won both of his May starts, both against Texas, after going 0-2 in his six April starts. He has allowed 12 home runs, two more than he did all of last season. ... Texas C Gerald Laird had a double in his first major league at-bat in the eighth. ... Gonzalez, who went 7-for-14 with five homers in three games against Toronto last week, struck out in his only two at-bats.

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