TORONTO (AP)—Roy Halladay looked good and, more importantly, felt great in his return from the disabled list.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner pitched 5 2-3 solid innings, and Eric Hinske homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 15-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
“I’m really happy with the way it went,” said Halladay, who missed two starts with a sore shoulder. “I was pretty confident that if I got rest and treatment I would be OK.”
Halladay (6-4) allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking one. He was kept on a pitch count by Toronto manager Carlos Tosca. Halladay threw 82 pitches, 56 for strikes.
“It’s not fun to sit out,” he said. “I’m just glad to be back and feeling good.”
Halladay said he was able to throw all his pitches.
The 15 runs tied a season high for the Blue Jays, who have been waiting for the offense to produce more. Toronto has hit the second-fewest homers in the AL (48).
Hinske went 3-for-4 with a walk, raising his average to .238. He hit a three-run homer off Andrew Good (0-1) in the third, and his two-run single in the fourth gave Toronto an 8-0 lead.
“I’ve just been trying to keep my head up all season,” Hinske said. “I’ve been struggling, but you can’t get mad.”
“It looked like Roy didn’t miss a beat,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “We couldn’t get anything going against Halladay early on. He kept us honest early, and then they put it away, and we didn’t have a chance.”
Good allowed seven runs—six earned—on eight hits in just 3 2-3 innings. He apologized to Brenly when the manager took him out.
Halladay didn’t allow a hit until Gonzalez singled with two outs in the fourth. Scott Hairston and Danny Bautista chased him with singles in the sixth before reliever Jason Kershner gave up the homers to Gonzalez and Hillenbrand, cutting Toronto’s lead to 9-4.
Wells’ homer made it 13-4.
Vinnie Chulk pitched three innings for his second save.
Halladay hadn’t pitched since May 27 against Anaheim. … Toronto rookie Alex Rios ended an 0-for-14 slump with a triple in the fourth. … The Diamondbacks have a major league-leading 11 players on the disabled list, forcing them to field a roster with 17 players that have less than three years of big league experience. … Randolph walked five in the eighth, and got twoouts.