TORONTO (AP) -
likes finishing what he starts, but the
Toronto Blue Jays
right-hander also knows when enough is enough.
Halladay (13-8) pitched eight strong innings and the
beat Oakland 6-1 on Monday night, handing the Athletics their season-high seventh straight loss.
Oakland is a major league-worst 2-14 since the All-Star break, and 9-23 since June 28.
Halladay didn't mind when manager
told him left-hander
would handle the ninth, denying Halladay the chance to add to his major league-leading seven complete games.
''You always want to go out, but there always comes a point of being smart,'' Halladay said. ''Being over 100 pitches going
through eight innings, (leaving the game) is probably the best thing. You don't get real caught up in the complete games and
all that stuff.''
Halladay had retired eight in a row and 16 of 18 overall when
ended his shutout bid with a homer to left in the eighth. It was Crosby's fifth of the year.
That was all Oakland could manage against Halladay, who gave up four hits, walked one and struck out eight.
''It's really something to watch,'' Gaston said. ''It's really my pleasure to be able to manage a guy like Doc. There's not
much management to it. You pretty much put him out there and let him go.''
The slumping Athletics have scored just 13 runs over their losing streak, and found no relief against Halladay.
''He's one of the best pitchers in the game,'' Oakland manager
said. ''There's no doubt. He has a little bit of everything.''
said a deceptive curveball was Halladay's best pitch.
''I don't know how he gets it to look like that, really,'' Cust said. ''You look up there and it's the same speed, but it
seems like it's slower or seems like it's a little sharper. He knows how to pitch.''
Halladay agreed that the hook was working better than normal.
''I felt like my curveball was better than it has been my last couple of starts,'' he said. ''For me, that was probably the
biggest difference. I had more confidence throwing it in different counts.''
Downs worked around a hit and a walk to close it out as Toronto improved to 31-23 at home.
The Athletics came in having won seven straight in Toronto but never looked likely to extend that streak. Oakland right-hander
allowed the first two runs by hitting batters with the bases loaded, plunking
in the second and
in the third.
''I was trying to nibble way too much, trying to make perfect pitches and ended up missing by a lot most of the time,'' said
Gallagher, who has not won in four starts.
A passed ball by catcher
, an RBI single by
and a sacrifice fly by
made it 5-0 after three.
Stairs' single was the only RBI hit for the
, who beat Oakland for the third straight game.
Gallagher (1-1) allowed five runs - four earned - and four hits in three innings, his shortest start of the year. He walked
four and struck out four.
''He had command issues tonight, right from the first batter of the game,'' Geren said of Gallagher. ''His arm angles seemed
a bit lower than normal. We'll review it and see if there's any adjustments that need to be made.''
Oakland starters are 1-10 with a 6.86 ERA in 16 games since the All-Star break.
added another run off left-hander
in the eighth.
doubled, moved to third on a single by
and scored on
's fielder's choice, sliding home safely when
Returning to Toronto for the first time since he was released by the
on Apr. 19, Oakland DH
was greeted by a mixture of cheers and boos each time he batted. Thomas finished 0-for-2 with a pair of walks.
Notes: Gallagher also lost to Toronto on June 13 while pitching for the
. ... Oakland 3B
will have season-ending surgery next week to repair fraying of the labrum in his right shoulder. ... Toronto 3B
sat out for the second straight day and has missed three of Toronto's past five games because of pain in his surgically repaired
right shoulder. ... Toronto INF
(left knee) was a late scratch. Scutaro shifted from second base to third and Eckstein started at second. It was the second
time this season Eckstein has played second base. He also played 14 games at second in 2001.