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Roy Halladay sure wasn't expecting any of this when he woke up Wednesday.
"I'm going to lock myself in a room and hide," the Blue Jays' trade-weary ace deadpanned.
Ken Griffey Jr. doubled twice against Halladay and drove in the decisive runs in the seventh inning, and the Seattle Mariners put more hits on the dominant right-hander than anyone had in 15 months while beating Toronto 3-2.
The Mariners won for the second consecutive time after a four-game losing streak. They got a solo home run from ailing Jose Lopez against Halladay (11-4), whom Toronto had declared open for bidding on the non-waiver trade market that closes Friday afternoon.
Rumors ran all morning from Seattle back to Toronto that Halladay would be scratched because of an imminent trade. Then the Phillies, thought to be the front-runners to obtain him, made a deal with Cleveland for Lee instead.
That left reports that Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi, who made the shopping of Halladay public with a huge asking price weeks ago, will now keep Halladay in Toronto through the end of his contract following the 2010 season.
So that's the end of the trade saga?
"For me it is," Halladay said, smiling. "It's important for me to realize that my best chance is going to be [staying] here. ... It's somewhere I like, so that's pretty easy for me."
When asked if he was looking forward to finally being settled -- apparently -- Halladay said: "Absolutely. You never want that kind of circus."
The surprising Mariners were swept by Cleveland last weekend, part of a dreadful four-game losing streak that seemingly ended their hopes of playoff contention.
The 39-year-old Griffey joked that he was able to endure the hottest day ever in Seattle -- 102 degrees -- by staying "inside in the AC and sipping Mountain Dew" as the DH. Then he lobbied first-year manager Don Wakamatsu to waive his rule that players wear ties on road trips.
Yes, the Mariners were cool and comfortable for their flight to Texas.
Hobbled by a knee that's been surgically repaired and drained since October, Griffey golfed the first pitch he saw from Halladay into the right-field corner in the seventh, after Seattle loaded the bases on three singles. Rookie Michael Saunders scored ahead of Suzuki, after laying down a bunt to start the inning -- part of Wakamatsu's plan to make Halladay work extra in the heat.
Griffey's double tied him with Manny Ramirez for fifth among players since 1954 with his 177th game having at least two extra-base hits. They trail only Barry Bonds (246), Hank Aaron (203), Willie Mays (200) and Sammy Sosa (182).
It also made Halladay a loser for the third time in four decisions.
Rowland-Smith (1-1) angrily stomped and yelled at himself as Lind rounded the bases for the 21st time this season. Yet the Australian left-hander, delayed this season by an elbow injury and an ineffective, extended rehabilitation stint at Triple-A, rebounded to allow just three hits and the two runs in seven innings for his first win since Sept. 27.
"That was exciting for me, going to bed last night knowing I was pitching against a guy I really look up to," Rowland-Smith said of Halladay, whom he admires for his tenacity and his endurance in games.
Now, Halladay may finally have some staying power in Toronto.
"For me, [Philadelphia] was never an option. I was going in planning on being a Blue Jay," he said. "And that's how I handled it."
|Ken Griffey Jr., who drives in the go-ahead runs, shows new teammate Jack Wilson he's still got the goods. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.291|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.287|
|Adam Lind, DH||4||1||1||2||0||2||1||.295|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.320|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.265|
|Vernon Wells, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.256|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.227|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.249|
|Jose Bautista, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.249|
|HR - Adam Lind (21, Rowland-Smith)|
|RBI - Adam Lind 2 (67)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 1|
|E - Kevin Millar (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Roy Halladay (L,11-4)||7||11||3||3||0||6||1||2.68|
|HBP - Johjima (by Roy Halladay)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 115-79, Brandon League 11-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 7-8, Brandon League 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 33, Brandon League 3|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.368|
|Franklin Gutierrez, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.297|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||4||1||3||1||0||0||1||.266|
|Ken Griffey Jr., DH||4||0||2||2||0||0||2||.215|
|Chris Shelton, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||3||3||.273|
|Kenji Johjima, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.265|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Chris Woodward, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.239|
|Michael Saunders, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.211|
|2B - Jose Lopez (24, Halladay), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (14, Halladay, Halladay)|
|HR - Jose Lopez (13, Halladay)|
|RBI - Jose Lopez (53), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Lopez (18)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Ryan Rowland-Smith (W,1-1)||7||3||2||2||0||4||1||3.12|
|Mark Lowe (H,17)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.35|
|David Aardsma (S,25)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||1.64|
|HBP - Millar (by Ryan Rowland-Smith)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Rowland-Smith 89-60, Mark Lowe 8-7, David Aardsma 20-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Rowland-Smith 3-14, Mark Lowe 2-0, David Aardsma 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Rowland-Smith 25, Mark Lowe 3, David Aardsma 4|
|Attendance - 32649|
|Game Time - 2:14|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|