Los Angeles (44-40) at Toronto (39-46)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Jul 9, 2004
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Struggling Anaheim Angels right-hander Bartolo Colon has resorted to prayer.

“This team is trying to do anything to get ahead. I ask God to get us going in the right direction,” said Colon after his latest loss.

The Angels hope Colon can break out of his elongated funk as they open a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome.

The 31-year-old right-hander is coming two brutal outings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Colon gave up a combined 15 runs and 16 hits, including five homers, over just 7 2-3 innings in suffering consecutive losses. He is 2-7 in his last 13 starts and has allowed at least six runs in six of those outings.

“It’s frustrating,” admitted Colon, who leads the majors with 26 homers allowed.

Colon signed a four-year, $51 million contract with the Angels last winter after going 15-13 with a 3.87 ERA in 34 starts for the Chicago White Sox in 2003. He was expected to anchor the Anaheim rotation.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia still has faith in Colon.

“Bart’s going to get the opportunity to pitch through this,” said Scioscia, who held a meeting with Colon, pitching coach Bud Black and the Angels’ catchers on Sunday.

“It’s tough. Bart’s got a lot of pride. He knows what he means to our staff and our club and he’ll get through this.”

The Angels fell 9-8 to the White Sox on Thursday for their seventh loss in 10 games. David Eckstein scored three runs and drove in two more while Chone Figgins hit a two-run triple to raise his major league-leading total to 12.

Anaheim has lost six in a row at SkyDome, including a three-game sweep from May 24-27. Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay gave up two unearned runs and four hits while striking out seven over 8 2-3 innings to help Toronto post a 3-2 win in the finale of that series.

Halladay will take the mound for Toronto on Friday, boasting a 4-0 mark with a 1.78 ERA in his last five starts at home.

Carlos Delgado hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to rally the Blue Jays to a 10-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep. Delgado was making just his third start since missing 33 games with a strained rib cage.

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B. Colón NYM vs. R. Halladay TOR
18-12 Record 8-8
5.01 ERA 4.20
158 K 95
71 BB 39
1.37 WHIP 1.35