A rare bad start from Roy Halladay marked the end of the Toronto Blue Jays' 10-game winning streak today in a 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox. The Jays tried their best to come back with five runs in the last two innings combined, but fell one run short. The game started off badly for Halladay when both Dewayne Wise and Jermaine Dye got on base with one out.
They both scored on singles from Jim Thome and A.J. Pierzynski. Halladay settled down after that inning until imploding in the sixth. Owens, Anderson, and Pierzynski were all able to get an RBI and Halladay was handed an early exit after throwing just 89 pitches.
He finished with six innings pitched, giving up a disappointing five runs on nine hits, one walk, while striking out eight batters. Brian Tallet gave up what would prove to be the winning run in his only inning of work. Meanwhile, White Sox starter Mark Buehrle was able to silence the Jays hitters as he usually does, earning himself his 13th victory of the season.
The Jays almost made a comeback by scoring five runs combined in the last two innings, but fell just one run short of tying the game. They got two runs in the eighth on a home run from Alex Rios and three runs in the ninth.
Rios ended the game by striking out with the tying run on third. Buehrle finished the game with seven-and-one-third innings pitched, giving up just one run on seven hits, two walks, while striking out six batters. Octavio Dotel gave up a run in his two-thirds of an inning in relief and closer Bobby Jenks almost blew the lead by giving up three runs in the ninth.
Up next: Shaun Marcum (8-6) tries to end the Chicago series on a high note, facing off against Gavin Floyd (15-6).
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