BRITO'S RBI DOUBLE BEATS ANGELS : TORONTO 7, ANGELS 4.
The Toronto Blue Jays might yet make up for Roberto Alomar's absence. It just might take three players to do it.
Tilson Brito, who will share second base with Domingo Cedeno and Felipe Crespo this season, made the most of his start Thursday night with an RBI double in the seventh inning that sent Toronto over the Angels 7-4.
``We know whoever we send out will be compared to Robbie (Alomar),'' Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. ``But all we can expect is for Tilson, Domingo or Felipe to give their best. Tilson certainly gave the effort tonight.''
Jim Abbott (0-2) got two quick outs in the seventh before Otis Nixon singled. Brito doubled for a 5-4 lead, and Joe Carter followed with an RBI double that chased Abbott.
``It's going to take everyone contributing for us to be successful,'' said Nixon, who reached base four times and scored twice. ``We don't have one player who can dominate. Tonight, Tilson stepped up and helped us win a ballgame.''
Juan Samuel, who hit the 150th homer of his career, and Carlos Delgado had solo home runs for Toronto.
Erik Hanson (2-1) gave up four runs on eight hits in seven innings. Mike Timlin pitched the ninth for his second save.
``I felt good,'' Hanson said after his Blue Jays debut at SkyDome. ``I just didn't execute all my pitches. One mistake I made was to (J.T.) Snow (in the third). I meant to go away and I put one right down the middle.''
Leading 1-0 on Snow's run-scoring single in the first, the Angels added two runs in the third on Chili Davis' RBI infield single and Snow's double.
Sandy Martinez and Alex Gonzalez each doubled in the Toronto third, and Nixon hit an RBI single. Ed Sprague's sacrifice fly tied it.
Samuel's homer gave a Toronto a 4-3 lead in the fourth.
Brito had a chance to turn a double play on Gary DiSarcina's hard grounder in the sixth, but the second baseman short-hopped his relay and Garret Anderson scored, tying it at 4.
Abbott gave up 11 hits. He struck out two and walked one.
``I didn't throw the pitches I wanted to in certain situations,'' Abbott said. ``I got balls up and the Blue Jays capitalized.''
Angels manager Marcel Lachemann was in full agreement.
``He had one bad inning,'' Lachemann said. ``In the three-run third, he got a lot of balls up. The balls to Martinez, Gonzalez and Nixon were up. He just has to keep the ball down.''
Notes: Blue Jays starters have averaged 7-1/3 innings per start in eight games this year. . . . Carter has hit safely in all eight games this season. . . . Angels catchers had not thrown out a runner in eight attempts (Jorge Fabregas 0 for 6, Don Slaught 0 for 2) this season until Fabregas caught both runners who tried Thursday. . . . Attendance at SkyDome was 25,512.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Apr 12, 1996|
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