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Blue Jays wipe out Angels, increase division lead; Halladay wins No. 6

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Roy Halladay has always had a vision for the Toronto Blue Jays success. The team's hot start is finally bringing it into focus.

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Halladay became baseball's second six-game winner and the Blue Jays routed the Los Angeles Angels 13-1 on Wednesday night.

Halladay (6-1) joined Kansas City's Zack Greinke atop the victory list, dominating the Angels in his eight innings. The right-hander allowed one run and six hits.

Pitching, though, isn't all these Blue Jays have to offer. Toronto is hitting a major league-best .297 as a team and the offense's 6.3 runs per game has helped the hitters to finally grab their share of the attention.

"We've always felt like we've had the talent," Halladay said after the Blue Jays became the first American League team to reach 20 victories and increased their lead in the AL East to two games on Boston. "Over the course of the years, individual guys [on offense] have put up good numbers. We haven't been able to get everybody going at the same time."

It was all in sync against the Angels. Aaron Hill, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay each homered to back Halladay.

Hill, who increased his major league-leading hit total to 49, delivered a two-run homer two batters into the game. It was his seventh of the season.

"It was nice to see the guys give [Halladay] a lot of runs," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "He wasn't pitching for his life out there. We just kept swinging the bats and came up with some big hits. I can't think of a guy who didn't have a hit."

Every Blue Jays starter had at least one base hit, with five players collecting at least two. Hill led the way with three.

Angels pitcher Anthony Ortega (0-2), in his third career start and appearance, was no match for a Blue Jays offense that entered the game also leading the major leagues in runs, hits, extra-base hits, and total bases.

Ortega gave up two more runs in the second inning on RBI singles from Marco Scutaro and Hill before he was removed. Angels reliever Rafael Rodriguez then gave up a three-run home run to Wells.

Ortega gave up six earned runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings.

The Angels, who won the final three games of a just-completed three-city road trip, once again stumbled at home. Los Angeles, which won 100 games last season, is only 6-7 in its own ballpark.

It was a rare easy night for Halladay in a ballpark that hasn't often seen his finest work. The former Cy Young Award winner entered only 2-3 at Angel Stadium with a 6.35 ERA.

He didn't allow an extra-base hit until Howie Kendrick doubled to lead off the eighth inning. Kendrick scored on a two-out single from pinch-hitter Jeff Mathis.

Halladay has pitched at least seven innings in all seven of his starts. His two walks were the first time he has allowed more than one free pass.

"The Angels are a good team and I've had some ugly starts here, especially early in my career," Halladay said. "I think I gave up 11 runs in one inning. It's a tough team and obviously they are missing some key parts and that will make a difference. It's never an easy team to pitch against."

Wells' home run was his fifth, while Overbay hit his fourth.

After Overbay's three-run home run capped a five-run eighth inning for the Blue Jays, both benches were warned one batter later when Angels reliever Justin Speier hit Rod Barajas with a pitch. Angels manager Mike Scioscia was ejected for arguing the warning with home-plate umpire Bill Hohn. It was Scioscia's third ejection.

Speier then barked at Hohn when he left the mound following the top of the ninth inning and had to be restrained by pitching coach Mike Butcher.

"He was having trouble making pitches," Scioscia said of Speier. "He was a little taken aback by a warning on a forkball. When your intent is questioned, that's a serious matter."

Notes

  • Angels RF Vladimir Guerrero, on the disabled list since April 16 with a torn right pectoral muscle, was cleared to take swings off a tee and went through light defensive drills.
  • The Angels used light-hitting utility man Maicer Izturis in the DH spot for the fifth time, second most on the team behind Guerrero.
 
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Vernon Wells adds a three-run dinger in the second inning that pushes the lead to 7-0.  (Getty Images)
Vernon Wells adds a three-run dinger in the second inning that pushes the lead to 7-0. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Hill
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Toronto

R. Halladay
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 6
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS4311214 .270
Aaron Hill, 2B5233101 .366
Alex Rios, RF5110113 .264
Vernon Wells, CF6113015 .276
Adam Lind, DH5220102 .336
Scott Rolen, 3B4122101 .317
Lyle Overbay, 1B5123003 .250
Rod Barajas, C3110112 .333
Travis Snider, LF4121101 .247
Totals4113151384  
Batting
2B - Adam Lind 2 (11, Ortega, R. Rodriguez)
HR - Aaron Hill (7, Ortega), Vernon Wells (5, R. Rodriguez), Lyle Overbay (4, Speier)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (17), Aaron Hill 3 (27), Vernon Wells 3 (21), Scott Rolen 2 (12), Lyle Overbay 3 (15), Travis Snider (12)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen 2 (6), Lyle Overbay 3 (10), Travis Snider (4)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Overbay-Scutaro
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,6-1) 8611260 3.29
Shawn Camp 1100000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 117-80, Shawn Camp 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 12-5, Shawn Camp 3-0
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 31, Shawn Camp 4
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B3000002 .260
    Juan Rivera, RF1000001 .282
Maicer Izturis, DH3000002 .258
   a- Jeff Mathis, PH-DH1011000 .257
Bobby Abreu, LF3010010 .343
    Robb Quinlan, 3B1010000 .176
Torii Hunter, CF2010100 .326
    Reggie Willits, LF1000002 .000
Kendry Morales, 1B4010003 .266
Mike Napoli, C4000023 .317
Gary Matthews Jr., RF-CF4000033 .270
Howie Kendrick, 2B4120001 .253
Erick Aybar, SS2000101 .286
Totals3317126  
a-singled for Izturis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Robb Quinlan (1, Halladay), Howie Kendrick (4, Halladay)
RBI - Jeff Mathis (7)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Mathis (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Morales
Los Angeles Angels
Anthony Ortega (L,0-2) 1.1666301 9.24
Rafael Rodriguez 3.2522021 4.91
Jason Bulger 2100100 9.00
Justin Speier 2355421 8.18
HBP - Barajas (by Justin Speier)
WP - Justin Speier (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Ortega 50-31, Rafael Rodriguez 51-32, Jason Bulger 26-14, Justin Speier 55-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Ortega 1-2, Rafael Rodriguez 8-1, Jason Bulger 2-4, Justin Speier 1-3
Batters Faced - Anthony Ortega 12, Rafael Rodriguez 16, Jason Bulger 8, Justin Speier 14
Game Information
Attendance - 41123
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Casey Moser, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Paul Emmel