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Gregg Zaun's Pinch-Hit Double Leads Toronto Blue Jays to 3-2 Victory

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst ISeptember 18, 2008

Jesse Litsch managed to avoid major damage in a start where his control was questionable, giving him his 12th win of the season in a close 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Litsch struggled with his control all through out the game, as evidenced by his three straight walks in the fifth inning, loading the bases for Alex Cintron.

Cintron made Litsch pay for his wildness by hitting a two-run single, scoring Jay Payton and Oscar Salazar for the only two runs the Orioles would score.

Litsch finished the game with six shaky innings pitched, giving up just those two runs on four hits, an extremely high four walks, while still managing to strike out six batters. Brian Wolfe and Jesse Carlson each pitched perfect innings in relief, setting up BJ Ryan for the save in the ninth with a 3-2 lead.

Ryan ended up loading the bases with just one out, but managed to get the last two outs without any damage and preserving the lead and his 31st save of the season.

The Jays were able to start the game off with a bang when new Jay Jose Bautista hit his third home run with the team, a solo shot. After the Orioles took the lead in the fifth, the Jays were able to storm back the very next inning.

With two outs and runners on first and third, Cito Gaston elected to pinch-hit for rookie catcher Curtis Thigpen, sending veteran Gregg Zaun to the plate. After a wild pitch moved both runners up a base, Zaun laced the next pitch down the right-field line for a two-run double. He was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple, but it did not matter as his hit proved to be the game winner.

Orioles' starter Garret Olson managed to pitch just five and 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits, three walks, while managing to strike out just one batter. Jim Miller (one and one-thirds) and Jamie Walker (one inning) ended the game for the Orioles.

Up Next: A.J. Burnett (18-10) starts off a series against Paul Byrd (11-12) and his Boston Red Sox.

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