Seeing the Oakland A's on Monday night at the Rogers Centre was just what the doctor ordered for the Toronto Blue Jays.
And the doctor, ace Roy Halladay, did his part, too, with eight solid innings, as the Blue Jays improved to .500 (56-56) with a 6-1 victory.
After a disastrous weekend in Texas, which saw Toronto drop two of three—blowing 6-0 and 8-6 leads in the opener and a 4-0 advantage in the finale—the Blue Birds must have been happy to face the reeling A's.
The Boston Red Sox, who had struggled in getting swept by the L.A. Angels twice since the All-Star break, took out their frustrations on the A's over the weekend with a three-game sweep over Oakland.
Thanks to the sweep, the A's had lost 15 of 17 coming into their four-game series in Toronto.
Halladay made sure the Blue Jays didn't blow a lead for the third time in four games, allowing just an eighth-inning run after Toronto jumped out in front early.
Run support hasn't been an issue of late, and the Blue Jays found new methods of plating runs against Oakland, even if they didn't do so the conventional way.
Marco Scutaro was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded with two outs in the second, giving Toronto an early 1-0 advantage.
Toronto loaded the bases once again in the third, and this time Adam Lind was plunked to force home another run. Another run came home on a passed ball, and the Jays were up 3-0 without what you'd call a key hit.
Oh, Matt Stairs did drive home a run with a single, but then Brad Wilkerson hit a sac fly for a 5-0 lead.
Halladay fanned eight in his eight innings, giving him 149 strikeouts, second in the AL behind teammate A.J. Burnett (153).
Halladay picked up win No. 13, and is now tied with Burnett for the team lead in that category.
The only blemish against Halladay came in the eighth, when Bobby Crosby slugged a home run to left, one of only four hits Doc surrendered.
Scott Downs finished off the A's with a scoreless inning in the ninth.
The A's Sean Gallagher lasted only three innings, giving up five runs, four earned.
Lefty Dan Meyer, called up from AAA Sacramento a day earlier by Oakland, chipped in with four shutout innings for the A's.
Former Blue Jay DH Frank Thomas, who came off the DL a week earlier, played in his fourth game since his right quadriceps injury. It was his first appearance in Toronto since being released by the Blue Birds this past April.
The Big Hurt went 0-for-2 with two walks.
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