Home Sweet Home, Halladay and Jays clip Cards

TORONTO, ON – After being denied his tenth win in his previous start against the Chicago Cubs, Roy Halladay looked marvelous against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday night as he pitched his league leading fifth complete game of the season, downing the Cards 4-1.

The Blue Jays are finally home after a long and exhausting thirteen-game road trip where they went 4-9, but as odd as it sounds coming home to play the National League's best team, Toronto was just glad to be back in the friendly confines of the Rogers Centre.

Toronto went straight to work in their half of the first inning against Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan with a leadoff double by Alexis Rios. He was advanced to third on a groundball out by Frank Catalanotto, allowing Vernon Wells to step up and hit a sacrifice-fly to right-center scoring Rios. The Jays weren't done there as the next batter, Shea Hillenbrand, cranked his seventh home run of the season off a knee-high fastball over the wall in left for a 2-0 Toronto lead.

It would be more of the same for Suppan in the second as he allowed another leadoff double, this time to Aaron Hill. With two out and Hill on third, Russ Adams delivered the goods with an RBI single making it 3-0 Jays.

Halladay meanwhile, was making quick work of his opponents, holding them to only two base runners through the first three innings. They would finally get to the 2003 Cy Young winner in the fourth when John Mabry would hit an opposite field, solo home run, trimming the Jays lead to 3-1.

Suppan would settle down like he normally does after struggling early on during games, shutting out the Blue Jays from the second inning on, totaling seven innings pitched, giving up three runs on eight hits.

Cal Eldred would come in to pitch the eighth for St. Louis and quickly gave up a leadoff single to Gregg Zaun, followed by a walk to Orlando Hudson. Adams would move both men up a base with a sac-bunt. The Jays would try and execute the contact play, having Zaun try for home on a Rios infield grounder, but was caught up in a rundown for second out of the inning. Luckily though, Reed Johnson came through with an opposite field single, scoring Hudson for a 4-1 lead.

Roy Halladay was yet again his spectacular self, going the distance for his fifth complete game, allowing only the Mabry home run, improving his record to 10-3. Suppan would be dealt the loss, dropping to 5-6.

The Jays will attempt to make it two in a row on Tuesday night when they send out rested rookie Chad Gaudin (1-1) who goes up against a familiar face to Jays face in Chris Carpenter (8-4).

The game on Tuesday can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet starting at 7pm EST with radio coverage on The FAN 590AM beginning at 6:30pm EST.

InsideTheDome's Game Notes: Orlando Hudson broke out of a 0-for-17 slump with a single in the fourth…Chris Carpenter, a first round draft pick of the Blue Jays back in 1993, will be making his first appearance in Toronto since 2002…Toronto Triple-A starter Dave Bush was ejected in his game versus the Richmond Braves Monday night when after issuing a walk to center-fielder Essix Snead, Snead charged the mound, taking offence to a pitch earlier in the at-bat. Both benches cleared, resulting in four player ejections.

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