Halladay beat Baltimore for the first time this season, leading
the Toronto Blue Jays over the Orioles 6-2 on Thursday night.
Halladay (11-4) entered 0-2 with a 7.43 ERA in two outings
against the Orioles. But the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner looked
better against them this time, allowing two runs and seven hits in
"You obviously know about it, but I try to focus on my game,"
Halladay said. "If you do let it affect you, sometimes it's
tougher to pitch that way. Maybe you feel like you have something
to prove, or whatever, but those are things that distract you."
Halladay later said he "never gives up or gives in. It's just
Halladay struck out eight and walked none, lowering his ERA to
2.51. His two defeats to Baltimore were the only losses he suffered
in his first 12 starts. He was 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA in his other 10
Orlando Hudson drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, who took
three of four from the first-place Orioles to move within 5½ games.
Toronto is fourth in the AL East.
"It's nice to pick up three games on them," Halladay said.
Sidney Ponson (7-5) allowed six runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3
innings, raising his ERA to 5.42. He declined to speak to the media
after the game.
"We pretty much needed a shutout out of Sidney with the way Roy
pitched today, and we didn't get it," Baltimore's Jay Gibbons
said. "When you are facing a guy like that, runs are hard to come
Tejada hit an RBI single in the eighth, cutting Toronto's lead
Toronto rookie third baseman Aaron Hill robbed Rafael Palmeiro
of extra bases with a diving, over the shoulder catch in shallow
left field in the sixth. Moments later, Hill led off the bottom of
the inning with a first-pitch single.
"I didn't think it was going to carry as far as it did. It's
fun to make those plays every now and then," Hill said.
Hill went 2-for-4, raising his average to .378.
"I'm riding the high right now," he said. "We'll see how long
Baltimore RHP Jason Grimsley will make his first rehab
start Sunday at Double-A Bowie. Grimsley had elbow ligament
replacement surgery on Oct. 12. ... Toronto manager John Gibbons
said he spoke to CF Vernon Wells, who was lackadaisical while
allowing Tejada to stretch a single into a double in the first
inning of Wednesday's game. "We handle that our own way," Gibbons
said. Asked for specifics, Gibbons said it was "team business."