Series: Game 1 of 3

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 6/18)

Game 1: Friday, June 18
San Diego2
Game 2: Saturday, June 19
San Diego3
Game 3: Sunday, June 20
San Diego0

Blue Jays 3

(29-38, 12-21 away)

Padres 2

(33-33, 16-16 home)

    10:05 PM ET, June 18, 2004

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    TOR 200010000 3 7 0
    SD 000100001 2 6 1

    W: T. Lilly (6-3)

    L: D. Wells (2-5)

    S: J. Frasor (5)

    Toronto snaps four-game skid

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Ted Lilly became the latest starter to shut down the struggling San Diego Padres.

    Lilly (6-3) and two relievers combined on a six-hitter and Frank Menechino homered on David Wells' fifth pitch, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-2 win over the Padres on Friday night.

    "It was great that we hung on to this one, because they've got an offense that's capable of coming back," Lilly said. "It's a good win, especially coming off a couple losses at San Francisco. We needed this."

    The Blue Jays certainly came to the right place to snap their four-game losing streak, winning for just the fourth time in their last 14 road games.

    The Padres lost their season-high sixth straight game and dropped to .500 -- at 33-33 -- for the first time since April 20.

    Lilly allowed one run and three hits, struck out six and walked two in 6 1-3 innings.

    Rookie Jason Frasor allowed an RBI single by Ryan Klesko in the ninth before finishing for his fifth save in six chances.

    Wells (2-5) settled down after allowing two runs in the first, but again got little support from his offense. Wells has a 2.67 ERA in his last five starts, but the Padres have scored just 12 runs in that stretch.

    "I think I'm facing Cy Young every time I go out there," Wells said.

    The big lefty retired his final 10 batters, allowed three runs and five hits in eight innings, struck out three and walked none. He fell to 4-8 lifetime against Toronto, the team he broke into the big leagues with in 1987 and was traded to in 1999 from the New York Yankees.

    The Padres have scored only 31 runs in Wells' 11 starts.

    "Every one's been a tough one so far," Wells said. "You just have to keep plugging away, keep the team in the ballgame. All I can do is do my job and try and match zeros with the other guy."

    This is the second straight series in which the Padres faced the last-place team from the AL East. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays came in Tuesday night in fifth place and left in third place after a three-game sweep.

    "He gave us a chance to win," manager Bruce Bochy said of Wells. "We just can't get clicking offensively."

    Wells had thrown 12 2-3 straight scoreless innings in his previous two starts, against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, but the streak ended quickly.

    Wells fell behind Menechino 3-1 before he homered to center, his fourth. The Blue Jays made it 2-1 when Reed Johnson bunted for a single and just barely beat the throw home on Gregg Zaun's two-out double to right. Johnson slid and brushed his left hand across the plate just before Ramon Hernandez tagged him.

    Hernandez didn't block the plate.

    "I was backing up to get the hop just because it was a pretty tough hop," he said.

    "When you're facing a guy like David Wells, how many losing streaks has he stopped in his career?" Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said. "That was big for us to get those runs in the first inning."

    Lilly retired the first 11 batters before Mark Loretta homered to center on a 3-1 pitch to cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth.

    Menechino hit an RBI single in the fifth.

    Game notes

    Menechino's leadoff homer was the second of his career. The first came five days earlier off Randy Johnson in a 5-3 home loss to Arizona. ... Loretta extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... The Padres claimed RHP Ricky Stone off waivers from Houston and are due to activate INF Ramon Vazquez on Saturday. ... Phil Nevin struck out with runners on first and second to end the sixth. ... The Padres have lost 10 of their last 13 home games.

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