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Halladay roughed upRangers bring high-flying Jays down to earth

Halladay roughed upRangers bring high-flying Jays down to earth
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The Jays' blazing offence had already started to slow down. The team's ace - the impeccable Roy Halladay - lost his first game of the season.

Are the red-hot Blue Jays finally cooling off?

Last night's 5-4 loss to Texas before 20,996 at the Rogers Centre might have made the question seem more urgent, largely because Halladay didn't seem to have the strong form he showed in winning his first three starts of the season.

Halladay threw just two mistakes - one to Nelson Cruz in the second and one to Ian Kinsler in the seventh - and both wound up as two-run homers.

"He probably made a couple of pitches he'd like to have back, but he pitched pretty good," Jays manager Cito Gaston said.

"We did everything we could to win that game, my guys played hard, they battled, and that's all I can ask."

Gaston wasn't sugar-coating a game where his missed a pair of great chances to win.

Toronto loaded the bases in the eighth with one out and the score 5-4.

Rod Barajas tatooed a Frank Francisco fastball down the line at third for what would have been at least two runs. Rangers' third baseman Mike Young, having already made several great plays in the game, snared the rising drive for a dramatic out.

Rookie Travis Snider lifted a fly ball out to centre to end the threat and add to the frustration.

In the ninth, Aaron Hill, who had homered in the fifth to tie the game -3, doubled with one out to set the table for Alex Rios and Vernon Wells, two guys paid big money to deliver runs.

A quick ground out and a pop out ended it all. The two stars had delivered RBIs in a two-run third inning, but couldn't come through in a tailor-made RBI situation with the game on the line.

"Rios was a little better today," said Gaston, referring to his No. 3 hitter, a lifetime .309 hitter in April who is currently on a .206 clip with seven RBI in 15 games.

"We're still okay, we just didn't get a break tonight."

Toronto's American League-leading offence managed eight hits last night and entered the game having hit just .180 over three weekend games against Oakland.

In spite of that showing, Toronto won the series over the A's and entered last night's game having won the first four series of the season, a club record.

Hill's homer gave them 23 for the season, second overall in the league to Texas, which rose to 26 after those two homers last night.

Halladay said he left the pitch to Kinsler too high in the strike zone.

"With guys on base late in the game, and you make poor pitches, that's the tough part ... you have to be better, working down in the zone," Halladay said.

Halladay wasn't the only one who had a rough night. Home plate umpire Kerwin Danley was reportedly resting in hospital last night after getting hit squarely in the head by the barrel of a broken bat.

Danley, wearing a goalie-like mask, was knocked to the ground and remained motionless while trainers from both teams, paramedics, and doctors, attended him.

The game was delayed 10 minutes and Danley - who never lost consciousness - was taken to hospital.

"He had a real bad headache, obviously, he wasn't cut or anything, so the bat got all helmet," crew chief Dana DeMuth said after the game.

"He was in a lot of head pain and didn't want to talk. But he knew where he was."

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Added: April 22, 2009

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