TORONTO (AP) – Orlando Hudson’s RBI single in the 18th inning ended the longest game of the season and the longest in Toronto history as the Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Thursday night.

Toronto’s previous record was 17 innings, done three times previously. The last was April 19, 2001, a 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees.

Alex Rios singled off Scot Shields (6-6) with one out before stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. Hudson singled to right past a drawn-in, five-man infield to end it. The previous longest was 15 innings, San Diego’s 5-4 victory over Arizona on April 29.

The game, which was 0-0 after eight innings, took 4 hours, 50 minutes, the longest in the majors this season.

There were two 18-inning games last season.

Toronto swept Los Angeles for the first time since May 24-27, 2004. The Blue Jays have won seven of nine overall despite missing ace Roy Halladay, who could return from the disabled list as early as Tuesday after being sidelined since July 8 with a broken bone in his left leg.

The Angels tied a season-high with their fourth straight loss. They have scored just four runs in their last 50 innings.

The Angels played 20 innings twice, the last time April 13, 1982, against Seattle.

Pete Walker (4-3) pitched three innings for the victory.

Down 1-0 in the ninth, the Blue Jays rallied off Angels closer Franciso Rodriguez, who blew a save for the third time this season.

Russ Adams led off with a walk before Vernon Wells blooped a broken bat single to right, advancing Adams to third. Shea Hillenbrand followed with a broken bat single over shortstop Orlando Cabrera, allowing Adams to score the tying run.

Rodriguez loaded the bases by intentionally walking Corey Koskie, then struck out Aaron Hill and Gregg Zaun to escape the jam.

Los Angeles scored its lone run in the top of the ninth.

After Juan Rivera tripled off Toronto starter David Bush (1-6) with one out, Bush intentionally walked Garret Anderson to face Bengie Molina.

Vladimir Guerrero pinch hit, but Bush intentionally walked him. Steve Finley followed with an RBI grounder off Scott Schoeneweis.

Bush allowed one run and five hits in 8 1-3 innings. The right-hander was 0-5 in 10 starts to begin the season with Toronto before being sent to the minors on May 29. He was recalled on July 22 and won his first start back in the majors.

Los Angeles starter John Lackey pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine.

Notes: Toronto prospect Dustin McGowan will replace injured LHP Ted Lilly on Saturday. Blue Jays said they will decide whether to put Lilly on the 15-day DL on Friday. Lilly left Sunday’s start against Kansas City after four innings after experiencing discomfort in his left shoulder. … Guerrero didn’t start because of tightness in his right calf. … Los Angeles LF Chone Figgins stole his career-high 35th base.

AP-ES-07-29-05 0017EDT


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