Blue Jays 3, Angels 2
Halladay took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Angels 3-2 Thursday night.
Halladay (5-4) outpitched Jarrod Washburn, who failed in his attempt to become the majors’ first eight-game winner.
“I felt really good,” Halladay said. “They’re a team that goes out swinging and sometimes you can take advantage.”
Anaheim is tied with Boston for the best record in baseball, and they lead the AL runs scored and batting average, but stars Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon, Darin Erstad and Troy Glaus are on the disabled list.
“We’re missing some very important guys to our team. It’s starting to show,” Washburn said.
“Roy is one of the best in the game and he was locked in tonight,” Washburn said. “I’m pretty surprised we got anything off him, even though it was unearned runs.”
Halladay, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, gave up two unearned runs and four hits, struck out seven and walked two.
“He was overpowering,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. “That was outstanding. You run out of phrases to use when you’re talking about him.”
Washburn (7-2) lost for the first time in eight starts since April 12, allowing all three runs and eight hits in seven-plus innings.
Frank Menechino hit a two-run triple for the Blue Jays, who have won 10 of their last 12 against Anaheim. The Angels were swept for the first time this season.
“We’re just kind of stagnant right now,” Anaheim’s Adam Kennedy said. “You can’t expect Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Guillen to carry us every day. Injuries happen, but if we’re going to be there at the end of the year we’re going to have to play through some injuries. “
Samuel L. Jackson threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … Rios hit just .259 with three homers and 23 RBIs at Triple-A Syracuse, but the Blue Jays recalled him. “It’s not the ideal situation, but desperate times, desperate measures,” GM J.P. Ricciardi said. The Blue Jays are 20-27. … Toronto’s Vernon Wells went 0-for-4, ending his 17-game hit streak. … Washburn remains tied with Houston’s Roger Clemens, Cincinnati’s Paul Wilson and Texas’ KennyRogers for the major league lead in victories.