Anaheim at Toronto

L.A. Angels
W: R. Halladay (14-5) L: J. Saunders (6-1)
HR: ANA - None   TOR - None

Jays capitalize on four miscues, Halladay's CG to defeat Angels

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- Roy Halladay didn't give the Los Angeles Angels a chance to recover from some sloppy fielding.

The right-hander pitched his major league-leading fifth complete game and the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of four errors to beat the Angels 4-1 on Tuesday night.

"There aren't many people who can do as many things with the baseball that he can and marry it with the control," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Halladay. "He's an elite pitcher."

Halladay (14-5) won his third consecutive start and improved to 10-1 with a 3.36 ERA at home this season. He allowed one run and five hits, walked none and struck out two.

Halladay said the two-seam fastball was his most effective pitch.

"It felt like it was moving good and, for the most part, we were locating it well," he said. "If I can do that with it and also show them the cutter on the other side, it makes it a lot more effective."

After giving up a leadoff walk to Gary Matthews Jr. in the second inning, Halladay retired the next 11 batters, a streak that ended with a bunt single by catcher Jeff Mathis leading off the sixth.

The four errors matched the Angels' season high. Shortstop Erick Aybar and Mathis made fielding errors in the first, while third baseman Chone Figgins and Aybar made throwing errors in the third and fourth, respectively.

"The way we played, especially on the defensive end, is troubling," Scioscia said. "That was one of our worst games of the year and we need to play better. You have the odd game here or there where you play poorly defensively but that was a bad ballgame."

Halladay was surprised by the Angels' defensive woes.

"They're a team that doesn't do that a whole lot," Halladay said. "When they do, you have to take advantage of it and we really seemed to do that."

Angels left-hander Joe Saunders (6-1) lost for the first time since Sept. 13, 2006. Saunders allowed four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked none.

Two first-inning errors put Saunders and the Angels in an early hole.

"He should have come out of the first inning with much less damage than he did," Scioscia said. "He did a good job making some pitches and we just didn't support him defensively."

Halladay threw 99 pitches and wrapped up a game in less than two hours for the second time this season. At 1:58, it was the Angels' quickest game of the year.

"It seemed like every time I came in the dugout, put my hat down and got a drink of water I was taking two steps onto the field again," Saunders said.

All the runs were scored in the first inning.

Figgins led off the game with a single, stole second and scored on a single by Vladimir Guerrero.

Toronto batted around in their four-run first. Reed Johnson tripled and scored on Lyle Overbay's single before Alex Rios singled and Vernon Wells reached on Aybar's error. That loaded the bases for Frank Thomas, who hit a sacrifice fly.

Aaron Hill followed with an RBI double before Gregg Zaun grounded to third. Figgins threw home to try and get Wells, but Mathis bobbled the ball as he chased Wells back to third.

"I just couldn't get it out of my glove," Mathis said. "I just fumbled it trying to get it out of the pocket and it dropped. It definitely bothers you a little bit."

Hector Luna followed with a sacrifice fly before the inning ended on John McDonald's groundout.


  • Halladay has 29 career complete games.
  • The Blue Jays have won four consecutive season series against the Angels.
  • Figgins had one stolen base -- his 33rd -- to add to Los Angeles' AL-leading 108.
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Roy Halladay pitches his major league-leading fifth CG and improves to 10-1 at home.  (Getty Images)
Roy Halladay pitches his major league-leading fifth CG and improves to 10-1 at home. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

R. Halladay
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 2

L. Overbay
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4120001 .342
Reggie Willits, DH4000002 .304
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4011001 .322
Garret Anderson, LF3000001 .276
Gary Matthews Jr., CF2000101 .274
Casey Kotchman, 1B3000000 .305
Maicer Izturis, 2B3010000 .267
Jeff Mathis, C3010011 .208
Erick Aybar, SS3000011 .249
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (91)
SB - Chone Figgins (33, 2nd base off Halladay/Zaun)
CS - Vladimir Guerrero (3, 2nd base by Halladay/Zaun)
Team LOB - 2
DP - Aybar-Izturis-Kotchman
E - Erick Aybar 2 (6, Misplayed grounder), Chone Figgins (13, Throwing), Jeff Mathis (2, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Angels
Joe Saunders (L,6-1) 7843040 3.50
Greg Jones 1000000 6.14
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 102-66, Greg Jones 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 15-4, Greg Jones 3-0
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 31, Greg Jones 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF4110011 .259
Lyle Overbay, 1B4121000 .258
Alex Rios, RF4130000 .310
Vernon Wells, CF4110002 .260
Frank Thomas, DH3001011 .258
Aaron Hill, 2B4011001 .268
Gregg Zaun, C4000010 .251
Hector Luna, 3B2001011 .000
John McDonald, SS3000003 .262
2B - Aaron Hill (34, Saunders)
3B - Reed Johnson (1, Saunders)
SF - Frank Thomas (4), Hector Luna (1)
RBI - Lyle Overbay (36), Frank Thomas (69), Aaron Hill (62), Hector Luna (1)
SB - John McDonald (5, 2nd base off Saunders/Mathis)
CS - Alex Rios (4, 3rd base by Saunders/Mathis)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Overbay, Luna-Hill-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,14-5) 9511120 3.99
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 99-71
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 12-10
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 30
Game Information
Attendance - 31978
Game Time - 1:58
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Andy Fletcher