Cabrera, Morneau go deep to lift Twins past Halliday
TORONTO (AP) -- Justin Morneau and Orlando Cabrera homered and the Minnesota Twins finally got the best of Roy Halladay, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Cabrera tied it with a leadoff shot to left in the sixth and Morneau hit a two-out tiebreaking drive to right in the eighth for his 30th homer. Pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer added a two-run double in the ninth.
Halladay (14-9) allowed nine hits, struck out nine and walked one in his major league-leading seventh complete game. The right-hander dropped to 8-1 with a 2.90 ERA in 13 games, 11 starts, against Minnesota, which was the only AL team that hadn't pinned a loss on him.
The crowd of 11,159 was the smallest in the 20-year history of Rogers Centre, eclipsing the previous low of 12,571 against Texas on April 30, 2002. Toronto's lowest attendance ever was 10,074 on April 17, 1979, against the Chicago White Sox.
Coming off a one-hitter against the New York Yankees on Friday, Halladay was solid again in this one, striking out five of six in one stretch, but still lost for the fourth time in five starts.
Carl Pavano (12-11) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings to win for the first time in three starts, improving to 3-3 since he was acquired last month in a trade with Cleveland.
Jose Mijares replaced Pavano with the tying run on second and got out of the jam by striking out Adam Lind and getting Lyle Overbay to ground back to the mound. Joe Nathan finished for his 38th save in 43 chances.
Minnesota's Joe Mauer started at designated hitter and went 1 for 4, dropping his major league-leading average to .367.
Toronto took the lead in the fifth. Edwin Encarnacion led off with a triple and scored on Travis Snider's second double of the game.
Plate umpire Paul Nauert was hit in the mask by a foul ball in the bottom of the seventh. He was checked by Blue Jays trainer George Poulis and remained in the game.
Minnesota activated LHP Francisco Liriano (arm fatigue) off the 15-day disabled list. Liriano will pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season.