Halladay wins his Ninth in 6-2 win over Athletics

Halladay wins his Ninth in 6-2 win over Athletics

OAKLAND, CA – Two big innings both started by Frank Catalanotto who homered while going 4-for-4 led the Jays to a 6-2 win, giving starter Roy Halladay just what he needed to earn his American League leading ninth win of the season.

The Blue Jays would see a familiar face on the mound for the Oakland Athletics Friday night, as former Jays farmhand Ryan Glynn made his second career start versus his former club. Glynn, earlier this season, was sold to the A's on May 15th after spending the beginning of the 2005 season in Triple-A Syracuse. Unfortunately for Glynn, he had to go up against Roy Halladay.

Outfielder Frank Catalanotto would start the scoring in the fourth off replacement A's starter Ryan Glynn, who had to make an emergency start in place of Seth Etherton who had been moved to the bullpen. Catalanotto would drive a change-up from Glynn over the wall in right field for a 1-0 Jays lead. Glynn retired the next two batters but again ran into trouble with two outs when he walked Eric Hinske and Gregg Zaun, along with a single by Vernon Wells before Orlando Hudson drove home both Hinske and Wells for a 3-0 Toronto lead.

The Athletics would string together a couple of hits against Halladay in their half of the fourth starting with an Eric Chavez double to deep center. He would be cashed in with a single by Scott Hatterberg cutting the lead to 3-1. Bobby Kielty would follow with a walk, but Halladay induced a double-play grounder and struck out Bobby Crosby ending the inning.

Catalanotto would start another rally in the eighth when he singled off reliever Juan Cruz, his fourth hit of the game. Aaron Hill would then loop a fly ball passed a diving Nick Swisher in right for an RBI scoring Alex Rios, who would come in to pinch run for Catalanotto. Hillenbrand would plate Hill for the Jays fifth run with a single to right field, followed by a Hinske walk, spelling the end of Cruz' night in favor of Keiichi Yabu. Yabu would struggle with his control walking two batters and giving up a sacrifice-fly to Zaun making it 6-1 before striking out Russ Adams and Reed Johnson ending the dreadful inning for the A's.

Miguel Batista would come in to close the door in a non-save situation in the ninth to preserve the victory for Roy Halladay, but not before the A's would score one on a Swisher RBI single. Halladay, would pitch seven innings, giving up one run on six hits, improving to 9-2 on the season. Taking the loss is Ryan Glynn, now 0-1, who pitched well against his former organization going seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out six.

The series continues on Saturday as the Jays try to make it two in a row against Oakland, giving the ball to Ted Lilly (3-5) who will be going up against rookie right-hander Joe Blanton (0-5) for the Athletics.

The game on Saturday can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet starting at 9pm EST as well with radio coverage on The FAN 590AM starting at 8:30pm EST.

InsideTheDome's Game Notes: Outfielder Frank Catalanotto has been red-hot since returning from bereavement leave, going 8-for-11 with a home run, two runs scored and one RBI…The Blue Jays who had lost five of their last seven games before tonight's 6-2 win, gained some ground on the Baltimore Orioles and increase their lead ahead of fourth place New York who lost in Minnesota…Roy Halladay now has a record of 5-0 in his last five starts with a tiny ERA of 0.68.

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