TORONTO -- Roy Halladay is healthy and dominating like he was in 2003 when he won the AL Cy Young Award.
Halladay (6-1) hasn't lost since skipping a start in mid-April because of a strained right forearm.
"He's arguably the best pitcher in the game," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "You can't rattle him."
Toronto's ace allowed one run and seven hits, matching a season-high with seven strikeouts and walking none in coming within one out of his 23rd career complete game.
Fans booed when Gibbons replaced him with B.J. Ryan.
Halladay wanted to get the last out, but knew he was going hitter to hitter with Ryan warming up in the bullpen.
Halladay got 13 groundball outs.
"The first two pitches I'm looking for an out, ground ball or a fly ball out," Halladay said. "I'm trying to get quick outs. I've never been a big believer from the very first pitch trying to strike a guy out. Normally, you end up behind in that situation."
Ryan came on with a runner on first and two outs and earned his 11th save in as many chances.
Toronto has won Halladay's last seven starts, including a victory on May 13 against the Devil Rays in which he allowed three hits and one run in a complete game.
"It's almost boring playing behind him," Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells said. "He makes it easy."
The Blue Jays fell out of contention last year after Halladay suffered a season-ending leg injury in July.
"We really missed him last year after we lost him," Gibbons said. "He's a cornerstone guy. You need those guys, especially when they are on the mound."
Gibbons is giving Halladay an extra day's rest before his next start. He will pitch Monday against AL East rival Boston.
Shea Hillenbrand homered for the Blue Jays, who have won two straight after losing three in a row.
The Devil Rays fell to 0-2 on their season-long 10-game road trip.
"He did what he does," Tampa Bay's Damon Hollins said of Halladay. "We got some balls to fall in and some guys in scoring position but he bears down and gets tougher. With a guy like that you have to scrape something together."
"Typical Doc. You give him a lead he's going to shut you down," Gibbons said.
Halladay retired nine straight after getting the lead.
Wells followed with a sacrifice fly to give Toronto a 4-1 lead.
Hendrickson allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings against his former team.
- Fans cheered when it was shown on the videoboard that the Toronto Raptors won the first overall pick in the NBA Draft.
- Toronto has won four straight at home overall and four in a row over the Devil Rays.
- Tampa Bay handed Halladay his only loss this season, a 5-2 defeat on April 9.
- The Devil Rays fell to 8-15 away from Tropicana Field.
- Hendrickson began his career with the Blue Jays, going 12-9 from 2002-03 before being traded to Tampa Bay.