Halladay allowed two earned runs and seven hits in seven innings of Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs, snapping a five-start winning streak. The 28-year-old right-hander, who won the 2003 AL Cy Young Award, had allowed just three earned runs in 39 2-3 innings during his winning streak, which included two complete games.
“It’s tough to get in games like that, when the other guy’s doing a great job,” Halladay said. “You’re trying to make pitches and get us back in the dugout.”
Despite the loss, Halladay’s outing was encouraging. He had allowed at least five earned runs in each of his three previous starts that did not result in wins.
The Blue Jays could use another strong outing from Halladay. They were swept in three games by the Houston Astros over the weekend and have lost four in a row in all.
The Cardinals beat the Yankees 5-3 on Sunday, and took two of three from New York after taking two of three from the Red Sox in a World Series rematch. Pinch hitter Scott Seabol hit a two-run go-ahead homer for the Cardinals in the seventh inning.
The homer was the first in 37 career at-bats for Seabol, who was drafted in the 88th round by the Yankees and had one major league at-bat with New York.
“I don’t think that anybody that watched us play the two series had any problem with how we went about it,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We just played as hard as we could and the coaches and I, we have no complaints.”