Maybe if Kyle Drabek could channel a little more Carlos Villanueva and a little less Nuke LaLoosh, he wouldn't be heading to Las Vegas to sort things out. While Drabek was winging his way to Nevada Tuesday, unheralded Villanueva was delivering the kind of solid, unruffled performance the Jays are hoping will one day be second-nature to their talented rookie. As good as he was, Villanueva was just a footnote when Adam Lind's walk-off solo home run leading off the bottom of the 11th gave Toronto a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. It was Lind's 12th home run of the year and came on a 1-0 pitch delivered by reliever Koji Uehara. "He hung a splitter and I hit it right on the sweet spot," said Lind of his game-ending rainbow off the fourth-deck facing to end a four-game skid that included three blowouts by Boston this past weekend. "The way we won was great. In our world, this past weekend was a long time ago. I don't think anyone was even thinking about it." Villanueva took care of the Orioles on seven hits over six-plus innings, though he was deprived of the win by his former bullpen mates who allowed four late runs to cross the plate.
Lind's homer allows Jays to walk off with a win
Toronto Sun | Jun 15