Toronto (64-63) at Los Angeles (74-53)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 24, 2007
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The Los Angeles Angels continue to have trouble beating the Toronto Blue Jays, and it won’t get any easier for them on Friday night.

The Angels will try to defeat ace Roy Halladay when they continue their four-game series with the Blue Jays.

Los Angeles (74-53) fell 5-4 on Thursday in the series opener, and dropped to 1-3 against Toronto this year. The Blue Jays (64-63) have won 16 of the last 22 meetings, including eight of the last 12 in Anaheim.

The Angels wasted a pair of solo homers from Vladimir Guerrero and had their lead atop the AL West over Seattle cut to one game. Toronto closer Jeremy Accardo pitched a perfect ninth to run his scoreless streak to 10 innings.

“It’s never easy against them because they’ve got some pretty good hitters in that lineup,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Halladay (14-5, 3.89 ERA) already shut down Los Angeles in a 4-1 victory on Aug. 14. He yielded five hits and walked none in his major league-leading fifth complete game of the season.

“There aren’t many people who can do as many things with the baseball that he can and marry it with the control. He’s an elite pitcher,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the game, which took just 1 hour, 58 minutes.

Halladay nearly went the distance Sunday against Baltimore, giving up two runs and six hits over nine innings in a 3-2, 10-inning victory. He’s 3-0 with a 3.19 ERA in four starts this month.

But the right-hander is 0-3 with a 3.81 ERA in his last four starts on the road. He’s also 1-2 with an 8.01 ERA in six career outings at Anaheim, and faced only four batters in his last start there on Sept. 10 since Garret Anderson’s line drive off his right elbow forced him out of the game.

Halladay’s opponent in that contest was Jered Weaver (8-6, 4.16), who likely is looking forward to Friday’s rematch. Weaver earned the win in his lone career start against Toronto by allowing three runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 4-3 victory, but was disappointed his matchup with the Blue Jays ace was cut short.

“I would have been more than happy to go up against a Cy Young winner,” Weaver said. “I was kind of disappointed when that happened, but obviously it was good for us to get to their bullpen early.”

The Angels are 7-3 this year in home games started by Weaver, who turned in his shortest outing since the All-Star break in his last appearance. Weaver lasted 4 1-3 innings and was tagged for six runs and eight hits in a 10-5 loss on Saturday in Boston.

The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.51 ERA in his last four outings at home, striking out 17 batters and walking just five over 25 2-3 innings.

Guerrero’s third multihomer game this season - all since Aug. 2 - ended an 18-game homerless stretch for the slugger. He’s 7-for-27 (.259) with no extra-base hits in his career against Halladay.

Toronto snapped a three-game skid as Matt Stairs hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the fifth inning. The Blue Jays avoided dropping below .500 for the first time since Aug. 1.

Troy Glaus went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts for Toronto, and is hitless in 13 career at-bats on the road against the Angels, with whom he spent his first seven seasons.

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Starting Pitchers

R. Halladay Tor vs. J. Weaver LAA
16-7 Record 13-7
3.71 ERA 3.91
139 K 115
48 BB 45
1.24 WHIP 1.39

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