Toronto (35-45) at Washington (27-51)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jul 3, 2004
  • TV: RSN
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Roy Halladay will look to bounce back from one of his shakiest outings of the season when the Toronto Blue Jays continue their interleague series with the Montreal Expos.

Last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner struggled against Tampa Bay in a 10-2 loss. The 6-foot-6 right-hander gave up a season-high seven runs and eight hits over a season-low five innings for his first loss in seven starts.

He also gave up two home runs to end a stretch of 51 1-3 innings in which he did not allow a homer.

“It’s not the best stuff I’ve had and I just didn’t make a lot of good pitches,” said Halladay, who is 1-1 with a 5.89 in four starts since returning from a stint on the disabled list, where he was recovering from shoulder soreness.

“That’s the great thing about baseball. Five days and I can go do it again. It’s never fun doing that, but it gives you something to work on and come back from. You put it behind you, go out and get them next time.”

After one of their best offensive performances of the season—a 14-0 pounding of Tampa Bay on Thursday—the Blue Jays lost 2-0 on Friday to the Expos, their fifth shutout loss of the season.

Tony Batista drove in both runs for the Expos, who have split their last three games.

“I think I’m seeing the ball much better,” said Batista, who has 12 RBIs in his last five games. “The results are showing that. I’m happy. Thank God. I hope to keep swinging (the bat well.)”

Expos manager Frank Robinson is happy to see his players getting the most out of each at-bat.

“You don’t need a lot of hits to win ballgames. I’ve been crying about it all year. Timely hitting is hard to beat,” Robinson said. “Tony just seems to get that big hit lately. He’s starting to do it on a more consistent basis.”

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R. Halladay TOR vs. T. Armas ATL
8-8 Record 2-4
4.20 ERA 4.88
95 K 54
39 BB 45
1.35 WHIP 1.54