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Thomas, Stairs slug Blue Jays past Rockies

Jun 23, 2007 - 9:59 PM TORONTO (Ticker) -- Frank Thomas and Matt Stairs led the Toronto Blue Jays to another high-scoring victory on Saturday.

Thomas moved another home run closer to the 500-homer club and Stairs had four hits as the Blue Jays posted an 11-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Toronto won the opener of the three-game series, 9-8, in 10 innings on Friday. Thomas and Stairs made sure there was no need for extra frames Saturday.

"They had a really big day," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "The last two or three days we've really been swinging the bats, and that's huge."

Stairs gave the Blue Jays a quick 1-0 lead with a home run in the first inning. Thomas extended the advantage to 3-0 with a two-run shot later in the frame.

It was the 498th career home run for Thomas, who went 4-for-4 with four RBI.

"It's a milestone I'm looking forward to," Thomas said. "I want to pass it so I can get on with my season. We've still got a lot of games to go and if I can get the right rhythm, I still can have a very good season."

Stairs also had a big game, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. The four hits tied a career high for Stairs, who last had a four-hit game on June 14, 2000 at Minnesota.

"I think Frank and I have 76 years between us and I think we were 8-for-9, so that's a pretty good day," said Stairs, who is tied for first with seven interleague home runs this season. "We came out swinging the bats well. I really don't care if I get five hits or two hits. As long as we win the game, that's the most important thing."

Colorado scored three runs in the sixth inning to tie the game at 6-6 before Toronto struck back in the bottom of the inning. Vernon Wells had an RBI groundout and Stairs drove in a run with a single to make it 8-6.

The Blue Jays added an insurance run in the seventh and two more in the eighth.

Brian Wolfe (2-0) picked up his second win in as many nights after allowing a run and a walk in the sixth.

"This (win) wasn't as good for me," Wolfe said. "I felt bad giving up a run - you never want to do that as a reliever. I was just happy the team could fight back, get the lead and give us a win."

Making his season debut in place of the injured A.J. Burnett, Toronto starter Ty Taubenheim allowed five runs and five hits in five-plus innings.

"I was definitely excited to be out there," Taubenheim said. "I remember last year in my first start I was pretty nervous. But this time I was ready to go. I felt like I gave us a chance to win."

Colorado starter Aaron Cook (4-5) allowed eight runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"That's not what we were looking for, not what (Cook) was looking for," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's got some work to do, and I'm going to leave it at that."

Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba was ejected by plate umpire Gerry Davis in the top of the fourth inning after arguing balls and strikes.

"(Davis) is one of the better umpires in the league, but today just wasn't a good day for him," Torrealba said. "He was really squeezing me, and it was very frustrating."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    COLORADO 0 1 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 7 1
    TORONTO 3 0 3 0 0 2 1 2 x 11 17 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: COL - AARON COOK, JORGE JULIO (6TH), TOM MARTIN (6TH), MANNY CORPAS
    (7TH) AND YORVIT TORREALBA, CHRIS IANNETTA (4TH)
    TOR - TY TAUBENHEIM, BRIAN WOLFE (6TH), SCOTT D

    Jun 23 4:17 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GREGG ZAUN SCORED AARON HILL.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 6
    TORONTO 11 END BOTTOM, 8TH

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 4:03 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM LIND SCORED TROY GLAUS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A LIND ON FIRST, A HILL ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 6
    TORONTO 10 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: G ZAUN (.232, 0-FOR-0, 2 BB)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 4:01 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    BUNT SINGLE BY JOHN MCDONALD SCORED AARON HILL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MCDONALD ON FIRST, G ZAUN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 6
    TORONTO 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: V WELLS (.245, 0-FOR-4, RBI)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 3:52 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MATT STAIRS SCORED JOHN MCDONALD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M STAIRS ON FIRST, A RIOS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 6
    TORONTO 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: T GLAUS (.293, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 3:16 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY VERNON WELLS SCORED GREGG ZAUN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MCDONALD ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 6
    TORONTO 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.292, 1-FOR-3)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 3:16 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY MATT STAIRS ALLOWED BRAD HAWPE AND TROY TULOWITZKI
    TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 6
    TORONTO 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: W TAVERAS (.319, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 2:57 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JEFF BAKER SCORED GARRETT ATKINS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T TULOWITZKI ON SECOND, B HAWPE ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 4
    TORONTO 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C IANNETTA (.206, 1 HR, 12 RBI)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 2:55 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM LIND SCORED TROY GLAUS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A LIND ON FIRST, A HILL ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    TORONTO 6 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: J PHILLIPS (.219, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 2:10 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY FRANK THOMAS SCORED ALEX RIOS AND MATT STAIRS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, F THOMAS ON FIRST, T GLAUS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    TORONTO 5 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A HILL (.271, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 2:06 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRAD HAWPE SCORED KAZ MATSUI. .
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    TORONTO 3 END TOP, 3RD

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 1:55 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY GARRETT ATKINS SCORED WILLY TAVERAS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HELTON ON FIRST, K MATSUI ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 2
    TORONTO 3 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: B HAWPE (.293, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 1:53 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TROY TULOWITZKI (6) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF TY TAUBENHEIM.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1, TORONTO 3
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: J BAKER (.247, 2 HR, 6 RBI)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 1:28 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY FRANK THOMAS (11) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF AARON COOK SCORED TROY GLAUS.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0, TORONTO 3
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A HILL (.272, 9 HR, 43 RBI)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 1:22 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MATT STAIRS (11) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    1ST OFF AARON COOK.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0, TORONTO 1
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: T GLAUS (.291, 11 HR, 35 RBI)

    Rockies vs. Blue JaysJun 23 1:17 PM