The Blue Jays of 2007 are built to be capable of pouring out a heavy dose of offense on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Toronto's bats have slipped into a minor slump recently.
On Monday, though, the Jays offense came to life and helped the club snap its season-worst five-game losing streak. Toronto pounded out seven runs on 14 hits in a victory over Boston, which had won five in a row entering the game. The Blue Jays will aim to keep their bats hot in the finale of the brief two-game set at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
"We were due for that," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "We can hit. It was just a matter of time. Hopefully, we can bounce back [Tuesday] and keep that rolling and get a little momentum. We've got the right guy on the mound."
Taking the hill for Toronto will be ace Roy Halladay. In his last start, Halladay earned a no-decision after the Jays bullpen couldn't hold a two-run lead in the eighth inning of a loss to Boston on Thursday. The right-hander was charged with two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks in 7 1/3 innings. Halladay, who is 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA at Fenway, threw 95 pitches and induced 13 outs via ground balls in the outing.
Boston will counter with right-hander Julian Tavarez, who pitched well against Toronto on Thursday considering he was coming off 11 days' rest. Tavarez gave up six hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision, but he kept his team close enough to pull out a comeback win.
TOR: RHP Roy Halladay (2-0, 2.37 ERA)
Halladay owns an 8-7 record with a 4.51 ERA in 28 career outings against the Red Sox.
BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
Tavarez is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 20 career games, including four starts, versus the Jays.
Player to watch
Toronto right fielder Alex Rios has hit .778 (7-for-9) with a double, triple and home run in his career against Tavarez. Rios went 2-for-3 with a solo homer against the righty on Thursday.
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Wednesday: Blue Jays (RHP A.J. Burnett, 1-1, 5.57) at Yankees (LHP Andy Pettitte, 1-0, 1.85), 7:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Blue Jays (RHP Josh Towers, 1-2, 3.44) at Yankees (RHP Phil Hughes, Major League debut), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Rangers (RHP Robinson Tejeda, 2-1, 3.55) at Blue Jays (LHP Gustavo Chacin, 2-1, 5.32), 7:07 p.m. ET
Jordan bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.