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Halladay Beats Diamondbacks in His Return

In first start since going on disabled list with sore shoulder, Blue Jay pitches a solid 52/3 innings in 15-4 victory.

June 13, 2004|From Associated Press

TORONTO — Roy Halladay looked good and, more important, felt great in his return from the disabled list.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner pitched 5 2/3 solid innings, and Eric Hinske homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 15-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.

"I'm really happy with the way it went," said Halladay, who skipped two starts because of a sore shoulder. "I was pretty confident that if I got rest and treatment I would be OK."

Halladay (6-4) gave up two runs and three hits, struck out five and walked one. He was kept on a pitch count by Toronto Manager Carlos Tosca.

"It's not fun to sit out," said Halladay, who threw 82 pitches.

The 15 runs tied a season high for the Blue Jays, who have been waiting for the offense to produce. Toronto has hit the second-fewest homers in the American League (48).

Hinske had three hits in four at-bats, raising his average to .238. He hit a three-run homer off Andrew Good (0-1) in the third, and his two-run single in the fourth gave Toronto an 8-0 lead.

"I've just been trying to keep my head up all season," Hinske said. "I've been struggling, but you can't get mad."

Vernon Wells homered and tied a career high with four hits, including a three-run homer off Scott Service in the seventh.

"It looked like Roy didn't miss a beat," Arizona Manager Bob Brenly said. "We couldn't get anything going against Halladay early on. He kept us honest early, and then they put it away, and we didn't have a chance."

The Blue Jays sent 10 men to the plate in the fourth and scored five times on Frank Menechino's home run, Reed Johnson's sacrifice fly, Hinske's two-run single and Chris Woodward's RBI double.

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