Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1
“You don’t always walk away with wins against teams or pitchers like that, but when you do it’s a great feeling,” Halladay said.
Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who gained a split of the four-game series.
Halladay (4-4) worked seven strong innings, allowing one run and six hits— all singles—while striking out six and walking two.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner lost to Martinez on April 10 and 20, though he pitched well both times.
“The results weren’t there, but we still had close games, we just couldn’t pull it out,” said Halladay, who looked forward to the third matchup. “It’s exciting because you know it’s going to be a close game. To be able to win close games like that, as a pitcher I think that’s the most satisfying.”
Halladay threw a season-high 124 pitches. He said he took a little off his fastball so he could stay strong late in the game.
“When I go out and give a max effort you just drain the tank so fast,” Halladay said. “It just allowed me to go a little deeper in the game and to a higher pitch count and not really feel the same fatigue.”
Martinez, a three-time Cy Young winner, gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings. He’s won just one of his last four starts.
“If I can continue to pitch like this we’re going to win a lot of games,” said Martinez, who enjoys facing Halladay.
“I really do. I don’t like it easy. If he makes it tough for me, I like it, I enjoy it. I enjoy seeing Halladay out there. I would pay my money to watch him pitch.”
Martinez lost in Toronto for the first time in his career, falling to 3-1 in eight starts.
The Red Sox dropped a half-game behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.
Martinez (4-3) didn’t allow a hit until Vernon Wells’ infield single with one out in the fourth. Rookie third baseman Kevin Youkilis allowed the high-chopper to bounce off the heal of his glove, but it was scored a hit.
“I might have hurried it a bit. He’s a fast runner,” Youkilis said.
Delgado followed with his homer to right-center, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead.
Martinez left a fastball up.
“If I could take that pitch back and throw it again, I’d try to throw it where I wanted to,” Martinez said. “But I’m only human and I can only do so much.”
Manny Ramirez drove in Boston’s run with an RBI single in the first.
Frasor allowed two runners in the eighth, but Brian Daubach struck out andJason Varitek popped out to end the threat.
Ramirez was the DH for the second straight game because of a sore groin. … Boston third baseman Bill Mueller is day-to-day with inflammation in his right knee. Mueller hasn’t started the last four games. … Delgado has six homers. He had just three RBIs in his previous 13 games. … Attendance was31,618 for Halladay bobblehead day.