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.
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.