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BOSTON -- It was a scene right out of the movies. A former major league right-hander spends the spring and early summer throwing batting practice to his son's team before he returns to the bigs with six shutout innings.
That's exactly what Paul Byrd did Sunday.
"I'm throwing to a 13-and-under team and the Red Sox called and I say, 'I don't know how long I'll take to get ready,"' said Byrd, still clutching the game ball and wearing the youth league hat in an interview room after the game.
"I'm just so excited to be back. I want a World Series ring," he said. "Hopefully I can help this team get there. I'll clean toilets if I have to, and I told them that."
Byrd (1-0), out of baseball after finishing last year with the Red Sox, signed a minor league contract on Aug. 5. He struck out one and walked three.
"I think he missed competing," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He's with a team fighting for their playoff life, so he gets to be a part of that, which I think he enjoys."
The win was the sixth in seven games for Boston, which moved 3½ games ahead of Texas in the AL's wild-card race after the Rangers lost to Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday.
Scoring single runs in each of the first four innings, the Red Sox sent Halladay (13-8) to his third consecutive loss for the first time since last April.
"It's a little tough to pitch when you don't get any runs," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "We're just not scoring for him, that's all."
The Blue Jays fell to 0-6 in Fenway Park this year and were swept in a three-game series by the Red Sox for the second time this month, losing at the Rogers Centre Aug. 18-21.
Toronto lost for the 11th time in 14 games.
Billy Wagner, acquired by Boston from the Mets for two players to be named Tuesday, pitched one scoreless inning with three strikeouts and one hit in his debut. Takashi Saito, the fourth pitcher, completed the five-hit shutout.
Halladay, shopped at the July 31st trading deadline before he remained with Toronto, is 3-5 since the All-Star break.
"I felt fine. It's a good offensive team. We make a couple mistakes here or there and you don't score runs, it's tough," Halladay said. "Early runs cost you games like that."
Rocco Baldelli homered into the Green Monster seats leading off the second, extending the team's club-record to 50 homers for the month.
Byrd, known for his throwback windup, escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fourth when Jose Bautista flied to the right-field warning track.
"It's the same stuff. He looked fresh," Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek said.
The 38-year old Byrd pumped his fist into his glove when he walked off after striking out Adam Lind to end the fifth with a runner on second.
"That part of my life is over," he said. "I just wanted to get through five, plus that was my first strikeout in 11 months."
Toronto reliever Shawn Camp's throwing error allowed two runs in the seventh. Youkilis added a third with an RBI single, making it 7-0.
|Paul Byrd makes his first start since last September and yields three hits over six scoreless innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||3||.292|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.285|
|Adam Lind, DH||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.300|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.271|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.253|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.241|
|Travis Snider, RF||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.228|
|Jose Bautista, LF||2||0||0||0||2||0||4||.229|
|John McDonald, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.246|
|2B - Adam Lind 2 (41, Byrd, Wagner), John McDonald (4, Saito)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 1|
|E - Shawn Camp (2, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Roy Halladay (L,13-8)||6||7||4||4||1||6||1||3.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 103-64, Shawn Camp 13-10, Jesse Carlson 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 6-6, Shawn Camp 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 26, Shawn Camp 6, Jesse Carlson 3|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.300|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||2||1||0||0||0||0||.301|
|Victor Martinez, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.289|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||3||0||2||3||0||1||0||.308|
|David Ortiz, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.229|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||3||.265|
|Rocco Baldelli, LF||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.262|
|Jason Varitek, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.219|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.226|
|2B - Dustin Pedroia (41, Halladay), Victor Martinez (27, Halladay), Kevin Youkilis (31, Halladay), Alex Gonzalez (15, Camp)|
|HR - Rocco Baldelli (6, Halladay)|
|SF - Kevin Youkilis (2)|
|RBI - Kevin Youkilis 3 (77), Rocco Baldelli (21), Alex Gonzalez (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (38), Alex Gonzalez (12)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Paul Byrd (W,1-0)||6||3||0||0||3||1||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 83-53, Manny Delcarmen 12-6, Billy Wagner 16-11, Takashi Saito 24-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 9-8|
|Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 24, Manny Delcarmen 4, Billy Wagner 4, Takashi Saito 5|
|Attendance - 37560|
|Game Time - 2:38|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth|