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Halladay first to reach 15 wins in majors, Blue Jays drown Rays

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Roy Halladay's success against Tampa Bay has become a central part of his season.

Halladay became the first 15-game winner in the major leagues, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over Tampa Bay 4-3 Tuesday night and sending the Devil Rays to their seventh straight loss.

"It gives you a psychological lift when he's out there," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "You feel good going into the game."

Halladay (15-3) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, struck three and walked one, improving to 4-1 against Tampa Bay this season. He had been tied at 14 wins with Detroit's Justin Verlander and Boston's Curt Schilling.

"He's usually always in control," Gibbons said. "Very rarely is he not. He'll give up some runs here and there, but games don't collapse on him."

Halladay has reached 15 wins three times in the last five years.

"There were seasons where I felt stuff-wise I was probably there more consistently," Halladay said. "I think it's more of a result of our team, the offense we have this year and the bullpen we have this year."

Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth off Brian Meadows (2-3) that put Toronto ahead 3-2, and John McDonald added another run-scoring single later in the inning.

Rocco Baldelli had an RBI single off Jeremy Accardo. B.J. Ryan struck out three around a walk in the ninth for his 27th save in 31 chances.

Greg Norton hit a two-run homer for the Devil Rays, who also lost seven straight from July 14-20. Norton left after the sixth with tightness in his left hamstring.

"We'll check it out tomorrow and see how it feels," Norton said. "Right now I'm pretty optimistic. It doesn't bother me walking right now."

Tampa Bay is 8-22 since the All-Star break.

Devil Rays starter Jae Seo gave up two runs and 10 hits in seven innings. He has not figured in the decision in each of last three starts despite allowing four runs -- three earned -- over 20 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay took a 2-0 in the first on Norton's 10th homer of the season. It was the first runs in a first inning off Halladay since April 4, when Minnesota scored a first-inning unearned run on opening day. Halladay has made 25 starts this season.

"The guy is arguably the best pitcher in the American League," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "I thought he was fighting himself a little bit tonight. He wasn't walking people. He was getting into some bad counts which is unusual for him."

Halladay has allowed 14 homers in 177 innings this season. He has given up two over his last six starts.

Toronto had four consecutive singles -- including a run-scoring hit by Bengie Molina -- in the fourth. However, the Blue Jays missed out on a potential big inning when McDonald popped out and Reed Johnson hit a fly ball with the bases loaded.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases with two outs in the first, but failed to score when Rios flied out. Rios went 2-for-4 and has 15 hits in 61 at-bats over 16 games since returning from a staph infection in his lower left leg.

Lyle Overbay's fifth-inning RBI double tied it at two. He has driven in 11 runs in his last eight games.

Notes

  • The Devil Rays recalled reliever Chad Orvella from Triple-A Durham and designated RHP Chad Harville for assignment.
  • Toronto 3B Troy Glaus, who left Sunday's game with knee soreness, was in the lineup. He was 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Blue Jays LHP Gustavo Chacin, on the DL since June 10 with a sore left elbow, is set to rejoin the rotation Saturday.
  • Umpire Marvin Hudson missed the game because of a personal reason and was replaced by Chad Fairchild.
 
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Roy Halladay allows two earned runs and strikes out three in seven innings for the victory.  (AP)
Roy Halladay allows two earned runs and strikes out three in seven innings for the victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

G. Norton
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

L. Overbay
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF5010024 .335
Frank Catalanotto, DH5110001 .307
Vernon Wells, CF5030001 .323
Troy Glaus, 3B3000102 .262
Lyle Overbay, 1B3231100 .308
Alex Rios, RF4121014 .314
Bengie Molina, C4011010 .281
Aaron Hill, 2B4010001 .296
John McDonald, SS4011013 .222
Totals3741342516 
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay (33, Seo)
RBI - Lyle Overbay (73), Alex Rios (61), Bengie Molina (33), John McDonald (15)
2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (32), John McDonald (12)
CS - John McDonald (2, 2nd base by Meadows/Navarro)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - McDonald-Hill-Overbay, Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,15-3) 7622131 3.20
Jeremy Accardo (H,9) 0.1211000 4.25
Scott Schoeneweis0000100 6.51
Brandon League (H,5) 0.2000010 2.29
B.J. Ryan (S,27) 1000130 1.41
HBP - Baldelli (by Roy Halladay)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 107-69, Jeremy Accardo 14-9, Scott Schoeneweis 4-0, Brandon League 7-5, B.J. Ryan 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 8-7, Jeremy Accardo 1-0, Brandon League 1-0
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 26, Jeremy Accardo 3, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Brandon League 2, B.J. Ryan 4
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
B.J. Upton, 3B4110000 .200
Rocco Baldelli, CF3011020 .282
Carl Crawford, LF3120100 .305
Greg Norton, RF3122002 .288
    Damon Hollins, RF1000012 .221
Travis Lee, 1B4000013 .214
Jorge Cantu, 2B3010111 .248
Dioner Navarro, C4000012 .249
Jonny Gomes, DH3010101 .213
Ben Zobrist, SS4000012 .222
Totals323833713 
Batting
2B - B.J. Upton (2, Accardo)
HR - Greg Norton (10, Halladay)
RBI - Rocco Baldelli (32), Greg Norton 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Greg Norton 2 (11)
CS - Greg Norton (4, 2nd base by Halladay/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Zobrist-Cantu-Lee, Zobrist-Cantu-Lee
E - Rocco Baldelli (3, )
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Jae Seo 71022240 5.08
Brian Meadows (L,2-3) 1322000 4.25
Dan Miceli 1000010 5.17
Pitches-Strikes - Jae Seo 114-77, Brian Meadows 17-9, Dan Miceli 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jae Seo 4-11, Brian Meadows 1-1, Dan Miceli 2-0
Batters Faced - Jae Seo 31, Brian Meadows 5, Dan Miceli 3
Game Information
Attendance - 9217
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Jerry Layne