AJ Burnett Wins Career High 13th Game, Jays Take Game 6-4
After last night's blown save, BJ Ryan was anxiously waiting for his next opportunity at a save.
He would not have to wait long, as he was sent into the game with his Toronto Blue Jays leading 6-4. Another blown save would crush Ryan, but a successful outing would help him overcome the previous day's disappointment.
Fortunately for Ryan, he was able to pitch an uneventful ninth. He allowed one base runner on a single but ended the game with an easy groundout. It gave Ryan his 21st save of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.32.
Although Burnett was not good today, he still earned his career high 13th victory of the year.
He gave up runs in both the second and fifth innings and almost blew it when the Jays gave him a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.
Burnett couldn't nail down the third out of the sixth and let in a run. Once the Rangers put the tying run on base, Burnett was pulled.
After allowing just four earned runs combined in his last four starts, Burnett allowed four earned in five-and-two-third innings on Saturday.
Scott Downs relieved Burnett and pitched magnificently for two-and-one-third innings. Downs did not allow a base runner, lowered his ERA to a sparkling 1.37, and notched his team leading 16th hold.
As previously mentioned, BJ Ryan closed the ninth for his 21st save.
Fortunately for Burnett, Texas Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman pitched no better than he did. Feldman gave up four runs in five-and-one-third innings pitched.
The Blue Jays trailed 3-2 through five innings and their first run was practically handed to them in the first, when they scored without the benefit of a hit.
But Toronto earned every one of their runs in a four-run sixth inning. Matt Stairs was intentionally walked with runners on second and third and two out, loading the bases for Rod Barajas.
The situation mirrored the two times Toronto walked the bases loaded for more favorable matchups on Friday night and it had the same result.
Barajas took a Jamey Wright fastball down the left field line, scoring the go-ahead run. Scott Rolen followed with a two-run double, capping the scoring for the Jays and giving the pitching more than enough to secure the victory.
Up Next: David Purcey (1-1) takes on Luis Mendoza (2-4) in the rubber match of the series.
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