Washburn, the first American League pitcher to win seven games, is winless in his last two starts. The left-hander was reached for three runs and eight hits over seven solid innings Thursday at Toronto, but did not receive his usual run support, absorbing a 3-2 loss to Roy Halladay and the Blue Jays.
Washburn had won six consecutive decisions since a 7-6 loss at Texas on April 12.
“Roy is one of the best in the game and he was locked in tonight,” Washburn said. “I’m pretty surprised we got anything off him.”
The Angels may have an even tougher challenge against Martinez, who is 8-1 with a 1.42 ERA in 11 career starts against Anaheim. The three-time Cy Young Award winner ended a three-start winless streak on Friday, allowing four runs and eight hits over seven innings in an 8-4 victory over Seattle—a team Martinez has beaten 13 times without a loss.
Martinez, who struck out nine without a walk, yielded more than three runs for the first time in five outings.
Vladimir Guerrero delivered a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning Tuesday as the Angels rallied to take the series opener 7-6. David Eckstein gave the Angels a three-run pad by singling home a run in the seventh. He went 3-for-5 and had two RBIs, including driving in the tying run during Anaheim’s three-run sixth.
The win was just the Angels second in seven games, but they’ve remained atop the AL West. The loss dropped the Red Sox a game behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees.
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