Series: Game 2 of 3

Toronto leads 2-0 (as of 5/26)

Game 1: Monday, May 24
in 10
Game 2: Wednesday, May 26
Game 3: Thursday, May 27

Angels 5


Blue Jays 6

(19-27, 11-13 home)

7:05 PM ET, May 26, 2004

Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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W: T. Adams (4-3)

L: T. Percival (2-1)

Angels blow cover again vs. Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) -- Gregg Zaun looks ready to be Toronto's starting catcher.

Zaun and Vernon Wells hit run-scoring singles in the ninth inning off Troy Percival on Wednesday night, rallying the Blue Jays past the Anaheim Angels 6-5.

Zaun went 2-for-5, raising his average to .452 since his recall from Triple-A Syracuse on April 27.

Zaun served as Kevin Cash's backup, but the Blue Jays placed Cash on the 15-day disabled list after the game with bruised right ribs. Catcher Greg Myers was also transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL because of a sprained left ankle

"I'm trying not to pinch myself right now," said Zaun, who hit fifth in Toronto's struggling lineup. "I feel really good at the plate. It's nice to get an opportunity. I'm in uncharted waters hitting in the middle of the lineup. I don't think I've ever hit fifth before. It's nice to have the confidence of the manager."

Reed Johnson hit a one-out bunt single in the ninth off Percival, who blew a save for the fourth time in 16 chances, and advanced to second on Frank Menechino's single.

Wells' single to left scored Johnson, and when Shane Halter cut off Jose Guillen's off-line throw to the plate, Menechino took third as the third baseman's relay went to the backstop because catcher Bengie Molina had moved from the plate to grab Guillen's throw. Halter was charged with an error.

"When I wheeled and turned, Bengie was taking a step to his left," Halter said. "I didn't have any time to really look. I thought I had a shot at Johnson if Bengie had stayed at home."

Carlos Delgado was intentionally walked, and Zaun followed with high chopper to shortstop David Eckstein, who couldn't field the ball cleanly as the winning run scored.

"The turf is starting to become my friend," Zaun said. "I really didn't have that great of an at-bat. I just got some wood on the last pitch, chopped it on the turf and luckily for us it bounced over Eckstein."

Terry Adams (4-3) pitched two shutout innings for the Blue Jays, who had lost four of their previous five games.

Delgado and Wells homered for Toronto, which has won nine of its last 11 against Anaheim.

Anaheim starter Bartolo Colon allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, his ERA rising to 5.19. Toronto's Pat Hentgen, whose previous turn in the rotation was skipped, gave up two runs and two hits in five innings.

Wells extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a solo shot in the first, but Halter's two-run homer put Anaheim ahead in the third.

After Vladimir Guerrero led off the sixth a double off reliever Michael Nakamura, Jose Guillen hit what looked to be a flyout to left, but Simon Pond allowed the ball to bounce past him, allowing Guillen to reach with an RBI triple.

Jeff DaVanon and Casey Kotchman added RBI doubles in the inning for a 5-2 lead.

Delgado hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and Reed Johnson had an RBI grounder in the seventh.

Game notes

Hentgen has allowed nine homers this season. ... Delgado struck out swinging on a pitch that landed between his legs in the eighth. ... The Blue Jays also placed Frank Catalanotto on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury, optioned reliever Micheal Nakamura to Triple-A Syracuse, recalled right-hander Vinnie Chulk and outfielder Alexis Rios from Syracuse and purchased the contract of catcher Bobby Estalella.

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