Halladay beat Baltimore for the first time this season, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Orioles 6-2 on Thursday night.
Halladay (11-4) entered 0-2 with a 7.43 ERA in two outings against the Orioles. But the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner looked better against them this time, allowing two runs and seven hits in eight innings.
"You obviously know about it, but I try to focus on my game," Halladay said. "If you do let it affect you, sometimes it's tougher to pitch that way. Maybe you feel like you have something to prove, or whatever, but those are things that distract you."
Halladay later said he "never gives up or gives in. It's just my mentality."
Halladay struck out eight and walked none, lowering his ERA to 2.51. His two defeats to Baltimore were the only losses he suffered in his first 12 starts. He was 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA in his other 10 outings.
Orlando Hudson drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, who took three of four from the first-place Orioles to move within 5½ games. Toronto is fourth in the AL East.
"It's nice to pick up three games on them," Halladay said.
Sidney Ponson (7-5) allowed six runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.42. He declined to speak to the media after the game.
"We pretty much needed a shutout out of Sidney with the way Roy pitched today, and we didn't get it," Baltimore's Jay Gibbons said. "When you are facing a guy like that, runs are hard to come by."
Tejada hit an RBI single in the eighth, cutting Toronto's lead to 6-2.
Toronto rookie third baseman Aaron Hill robbed Rafael Palmeiro of extra bases with a diving, over the shoulder catch in shallow left field in the sixth. Moments later, Hill led off the bottom of the inning with a first-pitch single.
"I didn't think it was going to carry as far as it did. It's fun to make those plays every now and then," Hill said.
Hill went 2-for-4, raising his average to .378.
"I'm riding the high right now," he said. "We'll see how long it lasts."
|Roy Halladay notches eight strikeouts and no walks as he improves to 11-4. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.356|
|Chris Gomez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.301|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||0||1||2||0||1||2||.317|
|Rafael Palmeiro, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.266|
|Sammy Sosa, RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.246|
|Jay Gibbons, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.270|
|Larry Bigbie, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.271|
|David Newhan, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.198|
|Sal Fasano, C||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.270|
|RBI - Miguel Tejada 2 (58)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Tejada (23)|
|SB - Brian Roberts (16, 2nd base off Halladay/Zaun)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Ponson-Palmeiro, B. Roberts-Tejada-Palmeiro, Palmeiro-Tejada, Baldwin-Palmeiro|
|E - Sal Fasano (1, Wild throw)|
|Sidney Ponson (L,7-5)||5.1||11||6||6||2||1||0||5.42|
|HBP - Hillenbrand (by Sidney Ponson)|
|WP - Sidney Ponson (9)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Sidney Ponson 89-54, Christopher Ray 9-7, Steve Reed 11-8, James Baldwin 11-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sidney Ponson 5-7, Steve Reed 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Sidney Ponson 27, Christopher Ray 3, Steve Reed 4, James Baldwin 4|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Russ Adams, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.238|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.303|
|Reed Johnson, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.267|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.246|
|Shea Hillenbrand, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.305|
|Aaron Hill, 3B||4||2||2||0||0||0||2||.378|
|Eric Hinske, DH||3||2||2||0||1||0||1||.250|
|Gregg Zaun, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.250|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.285|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||3||1||2||3||1||0||0||.245|
|2B - Shea Hillenbrand (14, Reed), Eric Hinske (12, Ponson), Orlando Hudson (13, Ponson)|
|SF - Russ Adams (4)|
|RBI - Russ Adams (28), Gregg Zaun (30), Alex Rios (30), Orlando Hudson 3 (30)|
|SB - Alex Rios (7, 3rd base off Baldwin/Fasano)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Vernon Wells 1|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Roy Halladay (W,11-4)||8||7||2||2||0||8||0||2.51|
|HBP - Fasano (by Roy Halladay)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 98-74, Vinnie Chulk 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 10-5, Vinnie Chulk 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 31, Vinnie Chulk 3|
|Attendance - 22390|
|Game Time - 2:09|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Gary Darling|