Halladay threw 7 2-3 superb innings in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over Cleveland for his fifth win in seven starts. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed one run and five hits, struck out six and got 14 outs on grounders. Despite the solid outing, Halladay wasn’t satisfied with his effort.
“I had some trouble executing my sinker,” said Halladay, who has a 1.90 ERA over his last four starts, and is starting to show glimpses of his 2003 AL Cy Young form.
“For me, it’s just about trying to be consistent—try to pitch deep in the game with a chance to win. I just go out there and try to get as many outs as I can.”
Halladay was helped by a three-run homer from Vernon Wells, who was just 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position before that hit. Wells appears to be breaking out of his slump after batting .191 in April.
Wells homered twice to lift the Blue Jays over the Nationals 6-1 on Friday. He finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the eighth multihomer game of his career.
“I feel good right now, but I’m still a work in progress,” said Wells, who has 11 of his 21 RBIs in the last eight games and has raised his average to .224.
Toronto ended a string of 17 scoreless innings with five runs in the fourth Friday. Aaron Hill hit a two-run triple for his first major league hit and went 2-for-4.
The infielder was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take the place of injured third baseman Corey Koskie, who is expected to have surgery on his broken thumb and miss at least a month.
Marlon Byrd drove in the lone run with an RBI single in the fourth for the Nationals in their first trip back to Canada. After playing in Montreal as the Expos from 1969 though last season, Canada’s first major league baseball team moved to Washington during the offseason and was renamed.
Several fans in the crowd of 17,465 wore Expos hats and jerseys.