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Jays' Halladay fans 14 Angels, improves to 9-1

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TORONTO -- As he matures on the mound, Roy Halladay is turning into more of a strikeout pitcher.

Halladay struck out a career-high 14 to win his major league-leading ninth game, Alex Rios backed him with a home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Now 32 and in his 12th major league season, Halladay said he's becoming "more crafty."

"We're doing different things now, kind of throwing everything to both sides which at times will give you a lot more takes and swings and misses," Halladay said. "That probably has more to do with it than anything.

"Stuff-wise I still feel good but being able to do different things and kind of change the way you pitch is essential if you're going to stay around a long time," Halladay added.

Halladay (9-1) threw his second complete game of the season, allowing four runs, no walks and seven hits to win his sixth straight decision. Working on an extra day of rest, he threw a career-high 133 pitches.

"He was a good as we've seen a pitcher in years, on both sides of the plate with good movement," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Angels outfielder Torii Hunter called Halladay "the best there is in the game right now" and said the man known as Doc lived up to his nickname.

"He was a doctor today," Hunter said. "You have got to give it to him. He had surgery on all of us."

Halladay's 14 strikeouts were the most by a Blue Jays pitcher since Roger Clemens struck out 15 against Baltimore on Sept. 21, 1998.

The right-hander, whose only defeat this season was an April 21 loss to Texas, moved ahead of Kansas City's Zack Greinke for the major league lead in wins.

Halladay faced just one batter over the minimum through six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh, when Bobby Abreu and Vladimir Guerrero led off with singles. After Halladay loaded the bases with a four-pitch walk to Hunter, Kendry Morales followed with an RBI single. Guerrero scored on a wild pitch before Maicer Izturis and Mike Napoli both hit sacrifice flies.

"Then he just turned off the faucet again and finished the game," Scioscia said. "He does so many things well out there on mound and finished his own ball game. That was impressive."

Angels left-hander Joe Saunders acknowledged feeling "tentative" about facing Halladay.

"No one says it, you just kind of get that feeling as a pitcher," Saunders said. "You know, 'I'm facing Roy Halladay today, if I give up a run I might lose.' It puts added pressure on me and added pressure on the team to do whatever they can and for me to do whatever I can."

Jose Bautista gave Toronto a 1-0 lead with an RBI triple in the second, and the Blue Jays added two more in the third against Saunders (6-4). Rios led off with his seventh homer and, two outs later, Scott Rolen doubled and scored on Kevin Millar's single.

The Blue Jays chased Saunders with a four-run sixth. Adam Lind singled, stole second and scored when Gary Matthews misplayed Scott Rolen's sharp single to left, with Rolen taking second on the play. Millar hit an RBI double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Rod Barajas' single.

Rich Thompson came on for Saunders and walked Bautista, but got out of it when Marco Scutaro flied out and Aaron Hill struck out.

Saunders, who has lost three of his past four starts, allowed six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked none and struck out four.

Scutaro was hitless in four at-bats, ending his streak of seven straight multi-hit games.

Notes

  • Following the game, Toronto optioned RHP Brian Wolfe to Triple-A Las Vegas and promoted RHP Dirk Hayhurst from Triple-A.
  • It was the seventh 10 strikeout game of Halladay's career.
  • Angels RHP Kelvim Escobar (shoulder) pitched five innings for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday and will throw a bullpen in Toronto on Wednesday. If that goes well, Escobar will start for the Angels in Detroit on Saturday, his first appearance since 2007.
 
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Roy Halladay is pumped during his 14-strikeout, complete-game performance against the Angels.  (AP)
Roy Halladay is pumped during his 14-strikeout, complete-game performance against the Angels. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Halladay
IP 9.0
H 7
ER 4
BB 1
K 14
Anaheim

K. Morales
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4010011 .295
Bobby Abreu, RF4110020 .294
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4110010 .246
Torii Hunter, CF3100130 .308
Kendry Morales, 1B4121010 .285
Maicer Izturis, SS3011011 .262
Mike Napoli, C2001011 .270
Gary Matthews Jr., LF3000030 .262
Howie Kendrick, 2B3010010 .227
Totals30473114  
Batting
SF - Maicer Izturis (3), Mike Napoli (1)
RBI - Kendry Morales (31), Maicer Izturis (13), Mike Napoli (20)
CS - Chone Figgins (4, 2nd base by Halladay/Barajas)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Gary Matthews Jr. (2, Misplayed grounder), Kendry Morales (3, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Angels
Joe Saunders (L,6-4) 5.1966041 3.77
Rich Thompson 1.2000110 1.80
Jason Bulger 1000010 4.64
WP - Joe Saunders (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 92-64, Rich Thompson 25-14, Jason Bulger 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 9-4, Jason Bulger 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 26, Rich Thompson 6, Jason Bulger 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS4000003 .299
Aaron Hill, 2B4000013 .328
Alex Rios, RF4111011 .276
Vernon Wells, CF4000010 .261
Adam Lind, DH4110000 .287
Scott Rolen, 3B4220010 .308
Kevin Millar, 1B4122000 .277
    Lyle Overbay, 1B0000000 .274
Rod Barajas, C4121011 .290
Jose Bautista, LF2011110 .274
Totals3469516  
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen (16, Saunders), Kevin Millar (6, Saunders)
3B - Jose Bautista (1, Saunders)
HR - Alex Rios (7, Saunders)
RBI - Alex Rios (26), Kevin Millar 2 (18), Rod Barajas (27), Jose Bautista (9)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Millar (7)
SB - Adam Lind (1, 2nd base off Saunders/Napoli)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 1
DP - J. Bautista-Millar
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,9-1) 97441140 2.77
WP - Roy Halladay (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 133-88
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 6-5
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 33
Game Information
Attendance - 26809
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim Welke