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Halladay allows just four hits in complete-game win

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- Roy Halladay looked like his old dominating self against the struggling Los Angeles Angels.

Halladay pitched a four-hitter and Bengie Molina and Alex Rios homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Angels 5-1 Monday.

The Angels have lost nine of 11. They managed just two hits in a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.

"No disrespect to Halladay. He threw a great game, but we didn't try to get good at-bats," Orlando Cabrera said. "We didn't fight pitches or anything. We basically stunk today."

Halladay (4-1) didn't allow a hit until Tommy Murphy led off the sixth with a double. One batter later, Cabrera hit an RBI single to cut the Toronto lead to 5-1.

Halladay improved to 3-0 in four starts since missing time due to a right forearm strain in mid-April, and he appeared to have a little more velocity on his pitches in his latest outing. The 2003 AL Cy Young winner struck out a season-high six and walked one for the 21st complete game of his career and the first of the season for Toronto.

Halladay had his cut fastball back -- the pitch that led to the strained forearm. He has since changed his grip.

"It has got a little better each time," Halladay said. "I felt like everything came together a little better tonight."

Halladay also worked on speeding up his windup after noticing on tape that he was far more deliberate this year.

"That's the strongest I've seen him this year," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "We knew it was a matter of time because he felt fine. It was just a matter of building some arm strength and getting that cutter going."

Angels starter Jeff Weaver (1-5) didn't allow a hit until Lyle Overbay singled in the fifth. Eric Hinske followed with an RBI double to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. Shea Hillenbrand fouled out but Molina then hit a two-run homer, stomping on home plate when he scored against his former team.

Molina denied it had any special significance.

"It didn't mean anything," Molina said.

Rios also had a two-run homer in the fifth to make it 5-0.

Weaver allowed five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"It's been frustrating," Weaver said. "When I get a head of some hitters I have to make some pitches out of the zone, make them chase my pitches. Hopefully, now it will sink in."

Toronto shortstop Russ Adams, who made two errors on Sunday, threw the ball into the stands for an error in the fourth and almost did it again in the sixth on a routine double play.


  • Toronto 3B Troy Glaus was given his first day off of the season. He's 2-for-31 (.065) with 10 strikeouts in his career against Weaver.
  • Rocker Alice Cooper attended the game.
  • The Angels have scored just 30 runs in their last 12 games.
  • Weaver is 5-9 in 16 games against the Blue Jays.
  • The Angels travel to Chicago for a three-game AL Championship Series rematch with the World Series champion White Sox beginning on Tuesday.
  • Monday's game lasted 1 hour, 59 minutes.
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The first hit Roy Halladay allows is Tommy Murphy's double to lead off the top of the sixth.  (AP)
The first hit Roy Halladay allows is Tommy Murphy's double to lead off the top of the sixth. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Molina
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

R. Halladay
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 6

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4000002 .271
Orlando Cabrera, SS4011002 .276
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4010002 .320
Garret Anderson, DH4000012 .267
Juan Rivera, LF4000011 .205
Adam Kennedy, 2B1000110 .298
Casey Kotchman, 1B3000012 .152
Jose Molina, C3010011 .164
Tommy Murphy, CF3110011 .294
2B - Jose Molina (3, Halladay), Tommy Murphy (2, Halladay)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (21)
SB - Adam Kennedy (3, 2nd base off Halladay/Molina)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Kennedy-Cabrera-Kotchman
Los Angeles Angels
Jeff Weaver (L,1-5) 6.1755312 6.53
Hector Carrasco 1.2000000 4.32
HBP - Johnson (by Hector Carrasco)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 100-64, Hector Carrasco 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 8-8, Hector Carrasco 3-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 27, Hector Carrasco 6
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF4112001 .384
Frank Catalanotto, LF2000100 .352
    Reed Johnson, LF0000000 .333
Vernon Wells, CF4010004 .352
Lyle Overbay, 1B4110002 .292
Eric Hinske, DH3111110 .318
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B4000002 .343
Bengie Molina, C3112000 .277
Russ Adams, SS3010000 .237
Aaron Hill, 2B2110100 .188
2B - Eric Hinske (2, Weaver), Russ Adams (6, Weaver)
HR - Alex Rios (7, Weaver), Bengie Molina (4, Weaver)
RBI - Alex Rios 2 (24), Eric Hinske (5), Bengie Molina 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios 2 (11)
PK - Vernon Wells (1, Weaver)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Hill-R. Adams-Overbay, Halladay-Hill-Overbay
E - Russ Adams (7, wild throw)
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,4-1) 9411160 3.12
HBP - Kennedy (by Roy Halladay)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 98-60
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 17-3
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 32
Game Information
Attendance - 18611
Game Time - 1:59
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Larry Young