ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(AP)
made one bad pitch and that's all it took for another loss to Tampa Bay.
allowed one run over 6 2-3 innings,
hit a two-run homer and the Rays beat Halladay and the
Toronto Blue Jays
3-1 on Sunday.
''The only way to beat a real good pitcher with any kind of consistency is to pitch well,'' Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.
''You have to pitch well to beat him and David was very good.''
The Rays are 4-1 against Halladay this year, and became the first team to beat the Toronto ace four times during the same
''They're aggressive,'' Halladay said. ''They were swinging early today.''
Halladay (15-10) allowed two runs and 10 hits over seven innings. The right-hander has lost five of his last seven starts.
''He's probably the best in the business, so it feels good to come away with four wins against him,'' said Crawford, who has
homered twice off Halladay this season.
have scored just 18 runs in the six games Halladay started this year against Tampa Bay.
''He hasn't had a lot (of run support) lately,'' Toronto manager
said. ''You always have to keep in mind he's going to be up against a pretty good pitcher most times when he's pitching.''
Price (9-7) gave up three hits and has beaten Halladay twice this season. Crawford put the Rays up 2-0 with his 14th homer
of the season in the first.
''I did what I had to do,'' Price said. ''I didn't have my good stuff and I was able to go out there and compete with what
I did have and that's good.''
Toronto got a homer from
are 4-14 against Tampa Bay this season.
added a solo homer for Tampa Bay, which completed its sixth series sweep (three games or more) of the season.
snapped a 15-inning run-scoring drought when Encarnacion made it 2-1 on a fourth-inning solo homer.
Tampa Bay wasted two late scoring chances against Halladay.
flew out with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, and
was thrown out at the plate one inning later trying to score from second on
's two-out single.
Aybar extended the Rays lead to 3-1 with a solo homer in the eighth off
, who was making his first appearance since serving a three-game suspension stemming from a bench-clearing incident Tuesday
New York Yankees
and J.P Howell, who got the final out for his 17th save, combined for 2 1-3 scoreless innings.
left in the sixth when he aggravated a nagging right heel injury while charging in on a grounder hit by B.J. Upton. He walked
gingerly off the field after Upton's infield single and was replaced by
Scutaro said he will have an MRI Monday. Gaston didn't rule out shutting down Scutaro for the rest of the season.
NOTES: Halladay is 12-11 all-time against the Rays. ... Gaston said there is a good chance LHP
(bruised right foot) will make his next scheduled start on Tuesday against Baltimore. ... During Toronto's 15-inning scoreless
stretch, Tampa Bay pitchers allowed just five hits. ...
remains sidelined by a hamstring injury. ... The Rays won eight of nine against Toronto in Florida. ... Crawford has 500 career