TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay refused to be topped by Pedro
Halladay outpitched Martinez after losing their first two
matchups this season, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red
Sox 3-1 Sunday.
"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
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
"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
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."
Frank Catalanotto and Delgado singled in the sixth before Reed
Johnson hit a run-scoring single.
Manny Ramirez drove in Boston's run with an RBI single in the
Frasor allowed two runners in the eighth, but Brian Daubach
struck out and Jason 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 RBI
in his previous 13 games. ... Attendance was 31,618 for Halladay