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Halladay fires six-hitter, Jays take two of three from BoSox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- If this was Roy Halladay's final start for the Blue Jays, he made it a good one.

Halladay pitched a six-hitter to win for the first time since June 7 and Rod Barajas drove in three runs, leading Toronto past the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Sunday.

"He's the best pitcher I've ever had the chance to catch," Barajas said.

Halladay (11-3) could also be the biggest prize available before the July 31 trade deadline. Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said this month he would field offers for the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, who is signed through 2010.

"I stand by what I said the other day," Red Sox manager Terry Francona joked. "They should have traded him the other day, and to a National League team."

Pitching at home for the first time since Ricciardi's comments, Halladay turned in a vintage performance. He struck out six and walked none, lowering his ERA to 2.73.

After addressing the trade speculation at last week's All-Star Game, where he started for the American League, Halladay put all the talk behind him as he focused on the second half.

"As much as a circus as that was, it kind of allowed me to get back here and just kind of put it out of mind and get back to my job," Halladay said. "It's hard to do. You do hear those things, but you've got to do the best you can to put it out of mind and focus on what you're doing."

With 36,534 fans on their feet, Halladay tipped his cap to the crowd as he headed back to the dugout following the final out. He insisted it wasn't a wave goodbye.

"You have to kind of live in the moment and that's all I'm trying to do," Halladay said. "It has nothing to do with looking down the road. It's just a matter of the fans were excited, they were cheering and that's all it was."

Halladay retired his final 11 batters and threw 78 of 105 pitches for strikes in his 44th career complete game and fourth this season.

"We're a team that, a lot of the time, works counts and takes pitches," Boston slugger Jason Bay said. "There's a few guys that's not really conducive for and [Halladay] is one of them. You look at his strike-to-ball ratio and it's ridiculous. It's one of those things where you're not going to wait him out and work a walk."

Halladay won for the first time in four starts since beating Kansas City on June 7. The right-hander improved to 1-2 since coming off the disabled list June 28 after missing two turns with a sore groin.

"I felt location was better today," Halladay said. "The first couple of times [off the disabled list] I was just having a hard time getting in that rhythm. From about the fourth inning on I felt I was able to get ahead and work ahead."

Lyle Overbay scored twice, Alex Rios had two hits and Toronto took two of three from the AL East leaders to win its first series in six tries. The Blue Jays have won just five of 18 overall.

Boston's lead in the AL East was trimmed to one game over the New York Yankees.

David Ortiz gave Boston a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the first inning but Barajas put the Blue Jays in front with a two-out, two-run double in the second off left-hander Jon Lester (8-7), snapping an 0-for-20 slump.

Barajas gave the Blue Jays some insurance with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Lester came in 2-0 against Toronto this season and had won five of his past six decisions. But he lost for the first time since June 18, yielded three runs and five hits in seven innings. Pitching for the first time in nine days, he walked a season-high four and struck out six.

"I was sharp at times and not so sharp at other times," Lester said. "I had to shake off a little bit of rust and inconsistency in certain innings and that was the ballgame."

Notes

  • Jacoby Ellsbury returned to Boston's lineup after missing two games with an illness. Toronto OF Vernon Wells (illness) missed his third consecutive game.
  • Red Sox RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, out since June 21 with a strained shoulder, will be in Boston later this week to see team doctors. Matsuzaka is rehabbing in Florida, where he is throwing up to 120 feet on flat ground.
  • Toronto had not won a series since taking two of three from Cincinnati from June 23-25.
 
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Roy Halladay (right) throws 78 of 105 pitches for strikes in the 44th complete game of his career.  (US Presswire)
Roy Halladay (right) throws 78 of 105 pitches for strikes in the 44th complete game of his career. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Barajas
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Toronto

R. Halladay
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 7
 
Boston Red Sox
J.D. Drew, RF4000010 .241
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4120000 .305
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4020000 .301
David Ortiz, DH3011001 .224
Jason Bay, LF4000004 .255
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000011 .294
Jason Varitek, C3000010 .233
Mark Kotsay, 1B3010010 .271
Nick Green, SS3000031 .249
Totals3216107  
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis (23, Halladay)
SF - David Ortiz (6)
RBI - David Ortiz (50)
SB - Mark Kotsay (2, 2nd base off Halladay/Barajas)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Youkilis-Pedroia-Kotsay
E - Jon Lester (2, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester (L,8-7) 7533460 3.87
Manny Delcarmen 1100000 2.34
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 112-66, Manny Delcarmen 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 5-11, Manny Delcarmen 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 31, Manny Delcarmen 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS3000103 .284
Aaron Hill, 2B4000011 .284
Adam Lind, LF4010031 .304
Scott Rolen, 3B4000012 .318
Lyle Overbay, 1B3210100 .264
Alex Rios, CF3120110 .264
Kevin Millar, DH4000005 .229
Rod Barajas, C2023000 .254
Jose Bautista, RF2000102 .257
Totals2936346  
Batting
2B - Adam Lind (29, Lester), Lyle Overbay (20, Lester), Rod Barajas (14, Lester)
SF - Rod Barajas (5)
RBI - Rod Barajas 3 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas 2 (16)
SB - Aaron Hill (4, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek), Alex Rios (15, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek)
Team LOB - 7
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,11-3) 9611070 2.73
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 105-78
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 10-10
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 33
Game Information
Attendance - 36534
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Laz Diaz