Roy Halladay took it easy in his first start back from the disabled list.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner will be hoping for more of the same when the struggling Toronto Blue Jays close out a three-game interleague series with Barry Bonds and the surging San Francisco Giants.
Halladay came off the DL on Saturday after missing two weeks with a sore shoulder. The hard-throwing right-hander didn’t have to labor much against Arizona as the Blue Jays cruised to a 15-4 win—Halladay’s third straight victory.
He allowed two runs and three hits over 5 2-3 innings, striking out five and walking one while throwing 56 of his 82 pitches for strikes.
“I’m really happy with the way it went,” Halladay said. “I was pretty confident that if I got rest and treatment I would be OK.
“It’s not fun to sit out. I’m just glad to be back and feeling good.”
Halladay is unbeaten in his last four starts, allowing two earned runs or fewer in three of those outings. He will try to help the Blue Jays avoid a three-game sweep after Wednesday’s 10-2 loss.
Edgardo Alfonzo drove in two runs for the reigning NL West champions, who are hoping to gain ground on first-place Los Angeles during this 10-game homestand, which includes a four-game series against the Dodgers next week.
Bonds went 2-for-3 with an intentional walk, a groundout, a double in the third and a sixth-inning single. It was his major league-leading 91st walk— 49th intentional.
The Blue Jays, who have lost three straight and four of five, placed outfielder Vernon Wells on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a strained right calf. Toronto is also playing without injured slugger Carlos Delgado.