Halladay allowed just one earned run and seven hits in nine innings of the Blue Jays’ 11-inning, 3-1 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The Devil Rays scored their only run in the first inning, after Halladay gave up his first walk in 33 innings to Julio Lugo.
Lugo advanced to third and then scored when Halladay failed to check him before throwing to first on a grounder.
“I just went to first—didn’t even think about checking him at third.” Halladay said. “You can’t give them free ones, and that’s a real good example why not.”
The walk, Halladay’s only one of the game, was the first he allowed since June 3, when he walked two in a 6-2 win at Oakland. The 2003 AL CY Young Award winner has allowed two runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts, and has gone at least six innings in each of his 17 outings.
“It’s fun to be in that situation,” Halladay said of pitching in the ninth inning Tuesday. “Obviously, you’d like to have a lead, but you kind of find out what you’re made of. That’s what I enjoy about it—I enjoy the challenge.”
“Another outing for him that wasn’t an easy one,” manager John Gibbons said. “There wasn’t any breathing room. That’s why he is who he is.”
The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-4 on Saturday, coming from behind one night after losing 15-2. Manny Ramirez hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh for Boston, which has won 14 of 18 but just two of its last five.
Boston starter David Wells was ejected in the seventh by second base umpire Chris Guccione after turning his back to home plate and waving his glove in apparent disgust about the home plate umpire’s strike zone. After being thrown out, Wells walked toward Guccione and the pair screamed at one another before they were separated.