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MIKE RUTSEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

ARLINGTON, Tex. -- The black cloud hanging over the Blue Jays didn't disappear even with golden boy Roy Halladay on the mound.

Instead, it got darker and grew larger.

In search of the 100th victory of his major league career, Halladay and the Jays instead were mugged 11-4 by a Texas team that is showing no mercy.

The night didn't go without a record being equalled, albeit a dubious one. In his 51/3 innings Halladay allowed 12 hits, which tied his career high for hits. It marked the third time he has given up 12 hits.

"You don't see that too often," manager John Gibbons said. "Sometimes you forget the guy's human.

"All it means is he's not going to go undefeated this season. But we'll take our chances every time he goes out there."

The only benchmark the Jays seem to be in search of on this ugly road swing can be achieved this afternoon with another loss.

If that occurs, the Jays would be 0-6 on their road swing in Cleveland and Arlington. The only other time the Jays have been skunked on a six-game road trip occurred Sept. 3-9, 1979 when they played Baltimore and Cleveland.

In Cleveland and Arlington, the Jays rode into the two cities where they have produced their worst record. Dating back to 2004, the Jays have gone a combined 4-26 in the locales -- 1-11 at Jacons Field and 3-15 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Halladay came into last night's contest having gone 4-0 in his opening six starts and for his efforts he was voted American League pitcher of the month.

The Rangers were unimpressed.

BATTERED IN THIRD

After retiring the first seven batters he faced, the unthinkable happened.

By the time the third inning was over, the Rangers had battered Halladay for eight hits and six runs and had sent 11 batters to the plate.

Game over.

It marked the first game this season in which Halladay had given up more than three runs. His line read 51/3 innings pitched, 12 hits, nine earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts.

Halladay, 4-1, entered the game with a 2.28 ERA and left with it bumped to 3.59.

"I didn't make pitches, for me it was pretty obvious," Halladay said of what went wrong. "If you don't execute pitches, don't make pitches, that's going to happen. For the most part I didn't make good pitches, left balls out over the plate, some bad sequences. Really I just didn't execute."

Compounding Halladay's frustration is the fact he couldn't pull them out of their slide like he has done so often.

"It's tough, it's real tough, it's hard to sit there and not win games when you're on the bench," he said. "To be pitching and have it happen, it's tough.

"We've just got to find a way to work through it and get some wins out of it. For me it got out of hand too fast and it's really hard to play that way."

Vernon Wells was back in the lineup last night after missing the past two games because of an upper respiratory infection.

"I had fever, congestion, fluid in my ears ... those two flights were miserable," Wells said of what he has been battling the past five days.

"I had the chills all the time and my ears were killing me, they were still popping yesterday. I'm still not 100% but I'm better than when I played in Cleveland."

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REPORT CARD

C At the plate: The Jays managed just eight hits. Alex Rios had a three-hit night. Lyle Overbay hit a meaningless two-run homer in the ninth.

D Starter: Roy Halladay surrended 12 hits, which tied his career high. In six previous starts this season he had allowed just 12 runs. Last night he gave up nine.

C Bullpen: Josh Towers moped up the final 22/3 innings and allowed a two-run homer to Michael Young.


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