TORONTO -- Toronto's starters did something they haven't done all season -- win three straight games.
It's the first time this season Toronto starters have won three straight games. A.J. Burnett won the first game of the series, while Ted Lilly won on Wednesday.
Washington has lost 14 of 18.
"I don't think we overlooked them," Halladay said. "We didn't expect them to roll over for us. We went out and played hard and that's important."
Lyle Overbay homered and Eric Hinske had three hits and three RBI for the Blue Jays, who moved a season-high 10 games over .500 (44-34).
Staked to a 5-1 lead in the third, Halladay (10-2) allowed four runs and six hits, striking out five without a walk in 6 1/3 innings.
The 2003 AL Cy Young award winner took a three-hitter into the seventh before being chased by consecutive doubles by Daryle Ward, Ryan Zimmerman and Marlon Anderson.
"When you've got Burnett, Lilly and Halladay going to work we have a good chance to win against any team," Hinske said. "Just put some runs up early and let those guys do what they do."
Anderson homered twice off Halladay.
Washington starter John Patterson (1-3) left in the fourth inning a tired arm.
Patterson threw only two pitches in the fourth before a trainer and manager Frank Robinson went to the mound. Bill Bray came on in relief.
"His body language just didn't look like he was into it tonight," Robinson said.
Patterson, who allowed five runs and six hits, was making his second start since spending 62 days on the disabled list with a right forearm strain.
Patterson said he has a "dead arm" but thinks he'll be able to make his next start.
"By the time I got to the mound to warm up for the game I could feel it wasn't quite right," Patterson said. "As the game went along it just got worse and worse and I started losing my release point. My arm just felt dead."
He doesn't think it's related to his strained forearm.
"I just feels like spring training dead arm," Patterson said. "I took two months off. It's just where I'm at."
Toronto's Troy Glaus hit an RBI single in the first.
Gregg Zaun doubled in the second and scored on Hinske's double. Zaun bowled over fellow catcher Robert Fick and knocked the ball loose on a play at the plate.
After Hinske reached third on a passed ball, Russ Adams hit a sacrifice fly to give Toronto a 3-0 lead.
Anderson homered in the third, but Toronto scored twice in the bottom half on Hinske's two-run triple to right-center.
Anderson homered again in the fifth, a solo shot off the scoreboard in right, but consecutive RBI singles by Reed Johnson and Frank Catalanotto gave Toronto a 7-2 lead in the bottom half.
Overbay homered off Jon Rauch in the sixth.
Toronto RF Alex Rios was hospitalized Thursday and was expected to remain overnight to receive treatment on a bad infection in his lower left leg. Rios fouled a ball off his leg during Tuesday's victory over Washington. The area swelled and he sat out Wednesday's game as a precaution. But the pain in his leg got worse Thursday, so the team sent him to the hospital. ... Washington OF Alfonso Soriano doubled in the sixth for his 1,000th career hit. ... Halladay has won six straight decisions at Rogers Centre.
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|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.271|
|Royce Clayton, SS||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.262|
|Jose Vidro, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.308|
|Nick Johnson, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.303|
|Daryle Ward, RF||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.323|
|Jose Guillen, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.206|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.268|
|Marlon Anderson, 2B||3||2||3||3||0||0||0||.264|
|Robert Fick, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.245|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.231|
|2B - Alfonso Soriano (16, Halladay), Daryle Ward (6, Halladay), Ryan Zimmerman (23, Halladay), Marlon Anderson (6, Halladay)|
|HR - Marlon Anderson 2 (4, Halladay, Halladay)|
|RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (49), Marlon Anderson 3 (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Marlon Anderson (4)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|PB - Robert Fick (1)|
|John Patterson (L,1-2)||3||6||5||5||2||2||0||4.41|
|HBP - Zaun (by John Patterson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Patterson 71-37, Saul Rivera 21-13, Bill Bray 22-14, Jon Rauch 25-13, Gary Majewski 20-13, Chad Cordero 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Patterson 2-5, Saul Rivera 1-2, Bill Bray 1-1, Gary Majewski 2-0, Chad Cordero 2-0|
|Batters Faced - John Patterson 18, Saul Rivera 5, Bill Bray 7, Jon Rauch 6, Gary Majewski 4, Chad Cordero 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Reed Johnson, RF||4||0||1||1||1||1||0||.368|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||4||0||2||1||1||0||0||.333|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||1||2||0||1||0||4||.315|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||2||3||.247|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||5||2||2||1||0||1||3||.299|
|Gregg Zaun, C||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||.328|
|Eric Hinske, DH||4||2||3||3||1||0||0||.274|
|Aaron Hill, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.281|
|Russ Adams, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||3||5||.233|
|2B - Vernon Wells (20, Majewski), Lyle Overbay (18, Patterson), Gregg Zaun (10, Patterson), Eric Hinske (5, Patterson)|
|3B - Eric Hinske (1, Patterson)|
|HR - Lyle Overbay (12, Rauch)|
|SF - Russ Adams (3)|
|RBI - Reed Johnson (19), Frank Catalanotto (38), Troy Glaus (54), Lyle Overbay (43), Eric Hinske 3 (13), Russ Adams (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Reed Johnson (7), Frank Catalanotto (10), Troy Glaus (14)|
|SB - Reed Johnson (7, 2nd base off Patterson/Fick), Vernon Wells (10, 2nd base off Patterson/Fick), Troy Glaus (3, 2nd base off Patterson/Fick)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Overbay-Hill|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Roy Halladay (W,10-2)||6.1||6||4||4||0||5||2||3.22|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 93-59, Justin Speier 16-8, Scott Schoeneweis 7-5, B.J. Ryan 5-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 10-4, Justin Speier 2-2, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, B.J. Ryan 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 25, Justin Speier 5, Scott Schoeneweis 1, B.J. Ryan 2|
|Attendance - 17175|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi|