Lind's homer allows Jays to walk off with a win

Blue Jays batter Adam Lind hits a walk-off home run to defeat the Orioles at the Rogers Centre in...

Blue Jays batter Adam Lind hits a walk-off home run to defeat the Orioles at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., June 14, 2011. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:43 AM ET

TORONTO - 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.

"I'm feeling good about things right now and not letting anything get to me, especially when they get men on base," Villanueva said. "I think it's because of experience that I'm able to stay calm in those situations."

Aaron Hill had three hits, including his second home run of the season to give the bullpen a two-run cushion in the seventh. Yunel Escobar had a pair of singles, scored a run and drove in another against Baltimore starter Chris Jakubauskas and four relievers.

Baltimore scored in the first inning and not again until Villanueva was out of the game. In the seventh Villanueva gave up a leadoff bunt single to Luke Scott, then a walk to Mark Reynolds. Both runners would later score before Jason Frasor could put out the fire.

Then, after Hill's homer in the bottom of the inning, lefty Marc Rzepczynski gave up a single and a two-run game-tying homer to Matt Wieters in the eighth.

It was time

As much as the Blue Jays braintrust wanted Drabek to work out his problems in a Blue Jay uniform, when manager John Farrell and GM Alex Anthopoulos sat down on Monday to hash things out, the logical move became clear.

Tuesday they announced that Drabek (4-5, 5.70) had been optioned to Triple A Las Vegas, replaced on the roster and in the rotation by Zach Stewart, who will make his major-league debut Thursday against the Orioles.

"As we talked about it, the more we realized maybe this isn't the worst time to send him down and give him a bit of a breather," Anthopoulos said. "The more we talked, the more it became clear it was the best thing to do."

"What Alex and I do almost every off-day is review the team," Farrell said. "Looking at (Drabek's) 14 starts, including Sunday, and talking about it on Monday, it felt like there were some things inside that game and some comments he made following the game where he said he himself was unsure when the last time was that he pitched a good game.

"It gave us the sense that this might be the time to take a step back, based on the fact that confidence seemed to becoming a bit of an issue."

Including Sunday's 14-1 debacle, Drabek has issued a MLB-leading 52 walks this season, two more than Jonathan Sanchez of San Francisco and a dozen more than his closest AL pursuer, Geo Gonzalez of Oakland.

More than that, Drabek's obvious frustration on the mound has been affecting his focus.

"It's a matter of managing the frustration inside of a game," Farrell said. "We told Kyle today that this isn't a failure; this is a step in his overall development. We want him to come back here as a more complete pitcher, a little more under control in those times of adversity."

Brett Cecil might have been the obvious choice for a promotion but he's in Vegas working on his own issues. Monday he had his best start of the season, a complete-game, four-hit shutout. Anthopoulos would like to see him string a few of those solid starts together before he comes back to Toronto.

Once the decision had been made to promote Stewart from Double A New Hampshire instead of Cecil, one of Anthopoulos' first calls was to Cecil.

"I called Brett because when these guys are down there, I want them to know what's going on and why," he said.

Dustin's road back

Dustin McGowan once again looked solid in a scoreless two-inning extended spring game stint in Dunedin. He allowed one hit and struck out three. He threw 30 pitches and his fastball topped out at 94 m.p.h.


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