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Parrish, Blue Jays top Braves

Jun 28, 2008 - 9:33 PM TORONTO (Ticker) -- In his first start in almost four years, John Parrish made a good impression.

Parrish won his season debut and Vernon Wells homered and had three RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays posted a 9-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Mostly used as a reliever during his seven-year career, Parrish (1-0) was making just his 11th career start and first since July 7, 2004.

"He got in trouble a couple of times but he battled threw it," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "He pitched a great ballgame for us, absolutely great."

The lefthander allowed just one run and four hits over six innings, walking two and striking out four during his 98-pitch outing. Parrish had gone 8-1 with a 2.49 ERA in 11 starts with Class AAA Syracuse before being called up on Friday.

"I really didn't have anything to lose," Parrish said. "I knew coming in what the situation was. I tried to just forget about all that and go out there and do what I was doing earlier in the year."

Rod Barajas broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth with a solo home run and Toronto padded its lead in the sixth against Atlanta starter Tim Hudson (8-6).

Wells led off the inning with a deep home run to left and the Blue Jays then loaded the bases with nobody out. Adam Lind lofted a sacrifice fly and Joe Inglett delivered a two-run single later in the frame, giving Toronto a 6-1 lead.

The Braves cut the deficit to 6-5 in the top of the eighth with a four-run inning capped by Mark Teixeira's two-run homer to right field.

"I didn't get much to hit," said Texeira, who walked twice. "I was trying to put good swings on it. The ball I hit out was a hanging changeup and those are good pitches to hit."

But Toronto scored three insurance runs in the bottom half of the eighth as David Eckstein hit an RBI single to right and three batters later, Wells delivered a two-run double, pushing the advantage to 9-5.

"We made a nice comeback but we just couldn't hold them again," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We had plenty of hitting late. We didn't do much early but we scored late."

Hudson was charged with six runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, striking out three. The home runs hit by Barajas and Wells were the first he had allowed to righthanded hitters all season.








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    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 5 10 0
    TORONTO 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 3 x 9 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ATL - TIM HUDSON, JEFF BENNETT (6TH), WILL OHMAN (7TH), MANNY ACOSTA
    (8TH) AND BRIAN MCCANN
    TOR - JOHN PARRISH, SCOTT DOWNS (7TH), BRIAN TALLET
    (8TH), B.J. RYAN (9

    Jun 28 4:06 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY VERNON WELLS SCORED DAVID ECKSTEIN AND ALEX RIOS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, 0 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5
    TORONTO 9 END BOTTOM, 8TH

    Braves 5, Blue Jays 9  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 28 3:59 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID ECKSTEIN SCORED ROD BARAJAS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D ECKSTEIN ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5
    TORONTO 7 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: J INGLETT (.318, 2-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    Braves 5, Blue Jays 7  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 28 3:49 PM
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    Braves 5, Blue Jays 7  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 28 3:49 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MARK TEIXEIRA (16) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF BRIAN TALLET SCORED KELLY JOHNSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5, TORONTO 6
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: G NORTON (.207, 0-FOR-3)

    Braves 5, Blue Jays 6  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 28 3:38 PM
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    Braves 5, Blue Jays 6  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 28 3:38 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KELLY JOHNSON SCORED GREGOR BLANCO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K JOHNSON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3
    TORONTO 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M TEIXEIRA (.274, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Braves 3, Blue Jays 6  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 28 3:37 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY GREGOR BLANCO SCORED BRANDON JONES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G BLANCO ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    TORONTO 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: R GOTAY (.203, 0-FOR-3)

    Braves 2, Blue Jays 6  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 28 3:35 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE INGLETT SCORED LYLE OVERBAY AND ROD BARAJAS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J INGLETT ON SECOND, D ECKSTEIN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    TORONTO 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.282, 0-FOR-3)

    Braves 1, Blue Jays 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 28 3:10 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ADAM LIND SCORED SCOTT ROLEN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R BARAJAS ON FIRST, L OVERBAY ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    TORONTO 4 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: D ECKSTEIN (.275, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Braves 1, Blue Jays 4  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 28 3:07 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY VERNON WELLS (8) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF TIM HUDSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1, TORONTO 3
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: M STAIRS (.263, 2-FOR-2)

    Braves 1, Blue Jays 3  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 28 2:52 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ROD BARAJAS (6) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF TIM HUDSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1, TORONTO 2
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A LIND (.162, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 1, Blue Jays 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 28 2:22 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRIAN MCCANN SCORED MARK TEIXEIRA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B MCCANN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    TORONTO 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: J FRANCOEUR (.244, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 1, Blue Jays 1  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 28 2:15 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY LYLE OVERBAY SCORED MATT STAIRS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S ROLEN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: R BARAJAS (.293, 5 HR, 23 RBI)

    Braves 0, Blue Jays 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 28 1:30 PM