Jays looking for bounce-back victory

Jays looking for bounce-back victory

Toronto will try to move quickly past what took place Thursday night. A fluke play by Blue Jays right fielder Alex Rios cost Toronto a key opportunity to take the opener of the current four-game series against Boston.

With the score tied in the seventh inning, Red Sox shortstop Alex Cora pulled a pitch from Jays starter Roy Halladay deep to right field. Rios tracked down the fly at the warning track and stuck out his glove to retire the frame's final out. Instead, the baseball bounced off Rios' glove and, when he attempted to catch it with his bare hand, he accidentally swatted it into the stands for the game's deciding two-run homer.

Toronto wants to overtake Boston for second place in the American League East standings, but the loss dropped the Jays three games behind the Red Sox in the division. It was a missed opportunity that Toronto will try to bounce back from.

"Coming in here, obviously, all these games are important to us regardless of where we are in the standings," Halladay said. "To come in and get off to a rough start with another three games to go isn't ideal, but hopefully we finish up strong here."

Taking the ball next is Toronto left-hander Ted Lilly, who has posted a 14.09 ERA in his last two starts. In those outings, though, the Jays have contributed 20 runs of support, allowing Lilly to escape with a 1-0 record in the pair of appearances. In his last start, Lilly gave up six runs, including five earned, on six hits in 5 1/3 innings of a win over the Royals on Sunday.

Boston will counter with right-hander Kyle Snyder, who has only been able to go more than five innings in one of the six starts he has made for the Red Sox. He is 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA at Fenway this season in eight outings, two of which have been starts.

Pitching matchup
TOR: LHP Ted Lilly (11-11, 4.78 ERA)
Lilly is 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 18 career appearances against the Red Sox.

BOS: RHP Kyle Snyder (3-3, 6.91 ERA)
Snyder is 0-2 with an 11.45 ERA in three career outings against Toronto.

Players to watch
Against Snyder, Toronto outfielders Vernon Wells and Frank Catalanotto each have six career at-bats -- more than any other Blue Jays. Both Wells and Catalanotto have gone 3-for-6 against the right-hander.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• FAN 590 AM

Up next
• Saturday: Blue Jays (RHP A.J. Burnett, 6-6, 4.53) at Red Sox (TBA), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Blue Jays (LHP Gustavo Chacin, 6-3, 5.90) at Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 14-9, 5.11), 2:05 p.m. ET
• Monday: Indians (LHP C.C. Sabathia, 10-8, 3.22) at Blue Jays (RHP Shaun Marcum, 2-3, 5.37), 1:07 p.m. ET

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.