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Halladay fires five-hit complete game as Blue Jays edge Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Roy Halladay pitched like it was 2003, when he won the AL Cy Young Award.

Halladay threw a five-hitter for his 16th career complete game, and pinch-hitter Russ Adams drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

Halladay (2-0) started the night with a 9.20 ERA in six career appearances at the Rangers' hitter-friendly ballpark, but he was in control as he struck out nine and walked one in his third start.

"It's nice to go long in a close game," Halladay said. "This has always been a tough lineup for me. I haven't figured them out but I had a better idea than I had in the past."

It was Halladay's first complete game since last April 15 at Detroit.

Toronto manager John Gibbons said Halladay was pitching so well that he wasn't tempted to go to closer Miguel Batista in the ninth.

"It was his game to win or lose," Gibbons said. "I'm a rookie manager. He would have fought me if I tried to take him out."

With the game tied at 1, the Blue Jays put runners on second and third in the seventh against Pedro Astacio (0-1) when Alex Rios led off with a single and went to third on Gregg Zaun's double.

Zaun's hit came on a fly ball to shallow right that hit the foul line ahead of a diving right fielder Richard Hidalgo.

Adams, pinch hitting for John McDonald, dribbled a grounder to first that scored Rios and helped the Blue Jays to their fifth victory in six games.

The Blue Jays improved to 7-3, their best start since also winning seven of their first 10 in 2001.

Halladay, limited to 21 starts due to right shoulder problems last year, retired the first nine Rangers in order before Alfonso Soriano led off the fourth with a double.

"There's not a whole lot of margin for error with Halladay out there," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "You could tell early that he was on top of his game. He threw two fastballs above the knees all night. He had the cutter, the plus-curveball and everything was down."

Meanwhile, Astacio allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings. He struck four and walked two.

Astacio was seeking his first AL win, and his first victory since May 22, 2003, while with the New York Mets. Astacio appeared in only five games last season with the Boston Red Sox because of right shoulder problems, compiling a 10.38 ERA.

"Sometimes you have to give the other guy credit," Astacio said. "Halladay pitched a great game."

Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first on Vernon Wells' sacrifice fly. Texas tied it at 1 in the fifth on an run-scoring infield single by Gary Matthews Jr. McDonald made a nice play at shortstop to keep Matthews' hit from going up the middle, but his throw was late.

"I wanted to get him out, but I didn't want to make a bad throw," McDonald said. "All I was thinking was to knock it down. And I had faith in Doc (Halladay) that he was going to get the next guy."

Halladay retired Soriano on a fly-out to end the fifth.

Notes

  • Showalter used his ninth different lineup.
  • Rangers RHP Frank Francisco pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco on Thursday night. Francisco is on the 15-day disabled list due to a sore right elbow. Showalter wants to see how Francisco's arm holds up after pitching on consecutive days.
  • Toronto had lost six consecutive game in Arlington. The Blue Jays' last win there was on May 8, 2003.
  • Texas' Michael Young went 0-for-4 to snap a nine-game hitting streak.
 
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Roy Halladay finally pitches well in Texas after posting a 9.20 ERA in six previous Arlington outings.  (AP)
Roy Halladay finally pitches well in Texas after posting a 9.20 ERA in six previous Arlington outings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Halladay
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 9
Texas

R. Hidalgo
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
Frank Catalanotto, LF4110012 .308
    Reed Johnson, LF0000000 .316
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000002 .205
Vernon Wells, CF3001000 .179
Corey Koskie, DH3000110 .200
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B3010100 .342
Eric Hinske, 1B4010013 .353
Alex Rios, RF4110011 .313
Gregg Zaun, C4010021 .300
John McDonald, SS2000001 .333
   a- Russ Adams, PH-SS1001000 .208
Totals322522610 
a-grounded out for McDonald in the 7th
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto (2, Astacio), Gregg Zaun (2, Astacio)
SF - Vernon Wells (2)
RBI - Vernon Wells (4), Russ Adams (4)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - R. Adams-Hudson-Hinske
E - Russ Adams (1, misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,2-0) 9511190 3.27
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 117-70
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 10-8
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 33
Texas Rangers
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4010013 .286
Hank Blalock, 3B4000021 .293
Michael Young, SS4000031 .295
Mark Teixeira, 1B4010001 .205
Richard Hidalgo, RF3110100 .225
Adrian Gonzalez, DH4010002 .250
David Dellucci, LF3000012 .235
Rod Barajas, C3000012 .333
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3011011 .211
Totals321511913 
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (4, Halladay), Adrian Gonzalez (2, Halladay)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (1)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (1)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (2, 3rd base off Halladay/Zaun)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Alfonso Soriano (3, misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Pedro Astacio (L,0-1) 7522240 2.57
Nick Regilio 2000020 11.57
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Astacio 108-68, Nick Regilio 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Astacio 11-7
Batters Faced - Pedro Astacio 29, Nick Regilio 6
Game Information
Attendance - 19366
Game Time - 2:16
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Andy Fletcher