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Jays closer Ryan locks down Halladay's 14th victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Roy Halladay doesn't normally waste leads.

Halladay tied for the major league lead with his 14th win, rebounding from his first loss in six weeks to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Wednesday.

Halladay (14-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking none as he improved to 13-4 against Baltimore. He frittered away a 3-0 lead against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 4, his only loss since June 18, and was staked to a four-run margin against the Orioles.

"It's just nice to be able to get the lead like that and be able to hold it," Halladay said.

Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers (both 14-4) also are tied for the lead in victories.

Because of injuries, Halladay hasn't pitched this late in the season in three years.

"This is a team we should beat," Halladay said. "It was nice to see we had a good effort."

Halladay says Toronto's four-game series at Minnesota this week is first of many that are must win. The Blue Jays began the day in the third place in the AL East -- nine games behind first-place New York. They trail four teams in the wild-card race.

"It's a huge series," Halladay said. "It's getting to that point of the season for us."

B.J. Ryan got five straight outs for his 26h save in 30 chances. With a runner on second and one out in the eighth, Ryan struck out Miguel Tejada and retired pinch-hitter Kevin Millar on a lineout to left.

"I've been out there a lot lately so I feel fresh," said Ryan, who is 2-for-5 in save chances since the All-Star break.

Tejada appeared to make an obscene gesture toward the stands after swinging through a pitch in the dirt from Ryan and being out at first.

Bengie Molina had two RBI for the Blue Jays, who have won just three of 11. Baltimore has lost five of seven.

Erik Bedard (12-8) lost his second straight start after winning his previous seven decisions. Bedard gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings.

"It's hard. You make good pitches, and they hit them and it falls where nobody is," Bedard said. "You can't do anything about it."

Bedard is happy with his season.

"It feels good to have a season with more consistency and no injuries," he said.

Aaron Hill hit an RBI grounder in the second, and Toronto made it 4-0 in the third. Alex Rios hit an RBI single, and Molina followed with a hard grounder to first baseman Fernando Tatis, who knocked the ball down and fumbled it before throwing home late. Troy Glaus and Rios scored on what was ruled a rare infield single for slow-footed Molina.

Melvin Mora hit an RBI double in the fourth and scored on a single by Tatis, and Brandon Fahey's had a run-scoring grounder in the fifth.

Notes

  • Toronto LHP Ted Lilly is to start Thursday in Minnesota. Lilly missed Monday's start because of a stiff neck.
  • Bedard was scheduled to start Monday, but his start was moved back to give him extra rest.
 
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Roy Halladay strikes out five with no walks to become the third 14-game winner in the majors.  (AP)
Roy Halladay strikes out five with no walks to become the third 14-game winner in the majors. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Halladay
IP 7.1
H 8
ER 3
BB 0
K 5
Baltimore

B. Fahey
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4010002 .289
Brandon Fahey, LF4121010 .269
Melvin Mora, 3B3111001 .284
Miguel Tejada, SS4000022 .327
Jay Gibbons, DH3000011 .283
   a- Kevin Millar, PH-DH1000001 .233
Fernando Tatis, 1B4011010 .333
Corey Patterson, CF3010001 .281
   b- Jeff Conine, PH1000010 .271
Ramon Hernandez, C4000021 .257
Nick Markakis, RF3120001 .296
Totals343830810 
a-lined out for Gibbons in the 8th
b-struck out for Patterson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Melvin Mora (20, Halladay), Corey Patterson (15, Halladay)
SH - Melvin Mora (4)
RBI - Brandon Fahey (21), Melvin Mora (61), Fernando Tatis (4)
2-OUT RBI - Fernando Tatis (2)
SB - Brian Roberts (29, 2nd base off Halladay/Molina), Corey Patterson (37, 3rd base off Halladay/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard (L,12-8) 7744140 3.91
Todd Williams 1000000 4.60
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 114-80, Todd Williams 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 9-8, Todd Williams 2-1
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 29, Todd Williams 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF4000011 .342
Frank Catalanotto, DH4000011 .312
Vernon Wells, CF4120010 .325
Troy Glaus, 3B4110001 .267
Alex Rios, RF3211100 .317
Bengie Molina, C3012011 .275
Lyle Overbay, 1B3010001 .302
Aaron Hill, 2B3001000 .297
John McDonald, SS3010001 .216
Totals31474146 
Batting
RBI - Alex Rios (58), Bengie Molina 2 (30), Aaron Hill (35)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios (23), Bengie Molina 2 (12)
Team LOB - 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,14-3) 7.1833050 3.23
B.J. Ryan (S,26) 1.2000030 1.46
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 106-69, B.J. Ryan 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 11-6, B.J. Ryan 1-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 30, B.J. Ryan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 34199
Game Time - 2:21
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Tim Tschida