Toronto ace Roy Halladay lost for the first time in more than six weeks his last time out.
He’ll look to bounce back on Wednesday when the Blue Jays wrap up their three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre.
Halladay (13-3, 3.21 ERA) gave up five runs and 10 hits—both matching season highs—in six innings of Friday’s 6-4 defeat to the Chicago White Sox. The loss was the first since June 18 for Halladay, who also set season highs with three walks and 114 pitches.
“We got the lead early,” said the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, who gave up a homer for the first time in four starts. “I wasn’t able to hold it.”
Halladay went 5-0 with a 3.23 ERA in eight starts in between losses, but is just 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA over his last five outings.
“You always expect to win when he’s out there,” manager John Gibbons said. “He didn’t have his curveball going tonight—you don’t see that often. But he hung tough and kept us in the game.”
Halladay is 12-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 21 career appearances, including 17 starts, against the Orioles. He is 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA in two starts against them this season.
Baltimore will counter with Erik Bedard (12-7, 3.85), who allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings of last Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to the Seattle Mariners—his first defeat since June 11 at Minnesota. Bedard, who was pitching in extreme heat, had won seven straight starts before not receiving a decision in his previous outing on July 28.
“When I went out to the mound, I really going to ask him, ‘You done?’ And before I even asked him, he kind of handed the ball to me,” manager Sam Perlozzo said Wednesday. “He was gassed, and that’s understandable in today’s weather.”
Bedard lasted fewer than six innings for the first time since his last defeat, but has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last eighth outings. He was scheduled to start Monday, but his start was moved back a couple of days to give him some extra rest.
Bedard has thrown 135 2-3 innings this season, just six shy of the career high he set a season ago.
He is 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA in eight career starts against the Blue Jays, including 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA in three starts against them this season.
The Orioles (51-63) beat the Blue Jays 6-4 on Tuesday for just their second victory in six games. Nick Markakis homered and had a career-high four RBIs, and Miguel Tejada also connected for Baltimore.
Lyle Overbay homered for the slumping Blue Jays (59-54), who have lost eight of 10. Toronto’s bullpen allowed six runs, a day after Blue Jays relievers yielded just two hits in 6 2-3 innings of an 8-1 victory.