ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays lost an All-Star
to a line drive and then the game to shoddy defense.
Toronto starter Roy Halladay left the game in the third inning
after being struck on the left shin by a line drive.
"He got it flush," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "Balls
coming back that hard at such a short distance always strike fear
Halladay was taken for precautionary X-rays on his badly bruised
leg and a team spokesman said his status wouldn't be known until
The Blue Jays were hanging on for the win until the error-filled
bottom of the ninth.
Hank Blalock led it off with a grounder to third baseman Shea
Hillenbrand, who threw wildly to first for a two-base error.
Soriano's single off closer Miguel Batista (4-2) scored Blalock to
tie it at 6.
With the infield in, Rod Barajas grounded to shortstop Russ
Adams, and Soriano, running on contact, beat Adams' errant throw to
the plate on what was ruled a fielder's choice.
"We took what they gave to us," Soriano said. "That's why we
Francisco Cordero (1-1) pitched one-third of an inning for
Texas, which rallied from a five-run deficit.
Toronto held a 6-1 lead in the second but five Texas relievers
combined to allow one hit over the final 7 1/3 shutout innings.
"The bullpen was the key tonight, not our offense," Barajas
said. "They answered the call."
The Rangers have won three of their last six home games in the
bottom of the ninth.
"It's a good lineup over there, they score a lot of runs,"
Zaun said. "We did a good job holding them down but we fell apart
defensively in the ninth."
Halladay, a prime candidate to be the American League's starter
on Tuesday night, had a 6-3 lead when he was hit in the lower leg
by Mench's liner. Halladay threw out Mench at first from a seated
position, then rolled onto his side grimacing in pain.
Halladay was on the ground for about two minutes, got to his
feet and walked slowly to the dugout after allowing three runs and
six hits over 2 2/3 innings. He was taken to the Medical Center of
Arlington for the precautionary X-rays.
Michael Young went 4-for-5 for Texas, missing the cycle by a
double, while Blalock homered and went 3-for-5.
Halladay wasn't sharp in the first inning, allowing three hits
including Young's 14th homer as the Rangers took a 1-0 lead.
Rangers starter John Wasdin retired the side in order in the
first, but the Blue Jays sent 12 hitters to the plate in the second
and gave Halladay a 6-1 lead.
Wasdin, making his second start of the season, allowed six runs
and five hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Young's RBI single in the second and Blalock's solo shot in the
third -- his 16th -- pulled Texas within 6-3.
In the fourth, Young's run-scoring triple and Blalock's RBI
single off Jason Frasor narrowed the deficit to 6-5.
The Rangers had no announcement on LHP Kenny Rogers'
availability for the All-Star game. Rogers was selected by the
players but there has been speculation he might skip the game to
avoid negative fan reaction. There's been concern about potential
fallout from Rogers' on-the-field tirade on June 29 involving two
television cameramen. "Whatever he decides, we'll support him,"
Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He's certainly earned it and
deserves the right to make that decision." ... Rogers' appeal of
his 20-game suspension is not expected until after the All-Star
break, and he is scheduled to start Saturday night. ... Hillenbrand
was hit by a pitch for the 15th time this season, tops in the
majors. ... Batista had his second blown save of the season in 17