TORONTO – Roy Halladay wasn’t about to get too caught up in his showdown with A.J. Burnett. Instead, the Toronto ace did what he always does: He shut down the New York Yankees.
Halladay pitched a complete-game five-hitter to best his former teammate and Scott Rolen had three hits and three RBIs for the Blue Jays in a 5-1 victory Tuesday night.
“That’s a big part of being consistent, having the same approach and not letting those things affect the way you look at games,” Halladay said of facing Burnett, who pitched for Toronto from 2006 to 2008. “As soon as you start changing the way you approach the game you can find yourself in trouble.”
Aaron Hill hit a solo homer for the Blue Jays, who improved to an AL-best 23-12. They lead New York, which was playing without shortstop Derek Jeter, by 6 1/2 games.
Halladay (7-1) walked none and struck out five to win his fourth straight start and improve to 16-5 in 33 career games against New York. He has an ERA of 2.77 against the Yankees, his best against any AL opponent.
Other AL games
Orioles 7, Rays 5: At Baltimore, Adam Jones hit two home runs for the first time in his career and drove in four runs, leading the Baltimore past Tampa Bay.
White Sox 7, Indians 4: At Cleveland, Jim Thome hit a pair of two-run homers to lead Chicago past Cleveland.
Rangers 7, Mariners 1: At Arlington, Texas, Josh Hamilton returned from the disabled list and hit the go-ahead homer in a six-run seventh inning for Texas, which won for the eighth time in 10 games.
Twins 6, Tigers 2: At Minneapolis, Joe Mauer hit a home run, and was robbed of another by Clete Thomas, and Minnesota’s struggling bullpen protected a lead for three innings.
Athletics 12, Royals 3: At Oakland, Calif., Jack Cust hit a three-run homer in a seven-run second inning and Orlando Cabrera had three hits and four RBIs for Oakland.
Red Sox 4, Angels 3: At Anaheim, Calif., Jason Varitek drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the ninth inning and J.D. Drew homered for Boston.
NL: Park, Werth lead Phillies past L.A.
PHILADELPHIA – Chan Ho Park had his second straight effective outing to win his first game with Philadelphia, and Jayson Werth stole home to lead the Phillies to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Park (1-1) has rebounded nicely after a dreadful start this season. He walked none and gave up two runs in six innings.
Raul Ibanez continued to look like a smart pickup for the Phillies, hitting a two-RBI double in the fourth for a 4-2 lead.
Other NL games
Pirates 7, Cardinals 1: At Pittsburgh, Zach Duke limited St. Louis to three singles over eight innings after giving up a homer to Albert Pujols in the first and Pittsburgh ended an eight-game losing streak.
Mets 4, Braves 3, 10 innings: At New York, Carlos Beltran drew a bases-loaded walk from Jeff Bennett (0-1) with two outs in the 10th inning and New York rallied to beat Atlanta.
Brewers 6, Marlins 3: At Milwaukee, Prince Fielder hit a pair of two-run homers and Rickie Weeks and Mike Cameron hit solo shots for Milwaukee.
Cubs 6, Padres 2: At Chicago, Milton Bradley hit a towering two-run homer off Jake Peavy and Rich Harden pitched six sharp innings for Chicago.
Rockies 12, Astros 1: At Denver, Ian Stewart hit a grand slam and a solo homer and Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven sharp innings for Colorado.
Giants 9, Nationals 7: At San Francisco, Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth, ending San Francisco’s wild win.