Blue Jays 10, Orioles 1
Halladay (15-2) matched the club record for consecutive wins set by Clemens in 1998 and is the first major league pitcher to win 15 straight decisions since Clemens won 16 in a row for the New York Yankees in 2001.
“It’s fun to have your name next to somebody like him,” Halladay said.
The right-hander hasn’t lost in 20 starts since April 15 at Yankee Stadium.
Asked if he even remembers what it’s like to lose, he said: “A no-decision is just as frustrating for me as a loss.”
Halladay thinks he can get even better.
“I don’t think I’ve got to where I need to be,” he said. “I just think there are times in different games where mentally you wander out of what you’re supposed to be focused on.”
The 26-year-old Halladay became baseball’s first 15-game winner. Pitching on three days’ rest for the third time this season, he allowed just two hits while striking out four and walking none.
He is 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA when working on three days’ rest, and said he’s completely comfortable on short rest.
“I’m surprised how good you feel,” Halladay said. “It’s a lot easier to maintain your stuff location-wise. Physically, there’s really been no problems.”
Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said he won’t use Halladay on short rest again this season.
“He’s too valuable to us right now,” Tosca said.
Baltimore’s Brian Roberts said it’s hard to face Halladay because he has three nasty pitches that he can throw for strikes.
“He’ll back you away with a cutter, then he’ll throw you a sinker and then he’ll finish you off with a big curveball,” Roberts said. “You can’t sit on any pitch or you’re in big trouble.”
Roberts hit an infield single in the fourth and Brook Fordyce singled to right in the sixth for Baltimore’s only hits off Halladay. He threw 68 pitches, 43 for strikes.
“He’s unbelievable,” teammate Carlos Delgado said. “He has to keep challenging himself because when he’s dominant not too many people can hit him. He pitches every game like it’s the last game of the World Series.”
Delgado hit his AL-leading 30th home run, becoming the first Toronto player to hit 30 or more home runs in seven consecutive seasons.
Delgado homered and hit an RBI double as the Blue Jays tied a season high with a seven-run fourth inning.
Baltimore starter Rodrigo Lopez (3-6) tied a season high by allowing eight runs on eight hits in just 3 2-3 innings.
Wells’ 28th homer, a solo shot off Travis Driskill in the sixth, gaveToronto a 10-0 lead.
Rube Marquard and Tim Keefe share the major league record of winning 19 consecutive decisions. Marquard did it for the New York Giants in 1912 and Keefe did it for New York in 1888. … Halladay went 6-0 in May, 5-0 in June and is 4-0 in July. … Delgado went 3-for-3 with a walk. … The Blue Jays took two of three from the Orioles. … Halladay opened the season 0-2 in hisfirst six outings.