It was a battle for the ages: Roy Halladay vs. AJ Burnett, teacher vs. student, friend vs. friend.
It could not have gone much better for Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Not only was the game great, but the crowd was the best Toronto has seen since the World Series years. More then 43,000 fans attended today's match-up and it seemed like not one of them was silent throughout the game.
After Roy Halladay spun a one-two-three inning in the first, AJ Burnett came out to a chorus of boo's. He then proceeded to throw a one-two-three inning of his own.
Both pitchers continued to put up zeros on the board until the Jays finally broke out in the bottom of the fourth.
The Jays scored three runs in the fourth after loading the bases with no outs. Scott Rolen hit a two-run double and Rod Barajas followed that up with a sacrifice fly.
Halladay wouldn't give up his first run of the game until the seventh inning, when Alex Rodriguez singled in Johnny Damon, who was on second after a double.
However, the Jays would put the final nail in Burnett's coffin after a solo shot by Aaron Hill and a RBI single from Scott Rolen. After Yankee manager Joe Girardi came to remove Burnett from the game, AJ received another loud boo for good measure.
Roy Halladay would finish the game with a quick ninth inning, giving him his league leading seventh win of the season and giving him his first complete game this year.
All in all, Halladay retired 17 straight batters after giving up a single to Johnny Damon, the second batter of the game. Halladay also finished with five strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 2.95
Burnett finished with a respectable seven-and-two-thirds innings pitched, giving up five runs on seven hits, four walks, while striking out just three batters.
The win improves the Jays record to a very good 23-12 and has them with the most wins in the entire MLB.
Up Next: The surprisingly good Scott Richmond (4-1) takes on left handed Andy Pettitte (2-1) in the second game of a three game set.
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