Jays' Halladay earns third career shutout


TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay took pleasure in beating his
hometown team.

Halladay, who was born in Denver, pitched a two-hitter for his
first shutout of the season as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the
Colorado Rockies 8-0 Friday night.

"I never thought I would get a chance to pitch against them,''
Halladay said. "It was fun.''

Halladay (7-2) didn't allow a baserunner until Benny Agbayani
led off the sixth with a double into the gap in right-center.

He hit Walker with a pitch in the seventh and Todd Helton
followed with a single for Colorado's only other hit.

"It seemed that every pitch that was hit was caught,'' said
Halladay, who went to about 12 games in Colorado's first two years.
He had seen only one major league game before that.

"I tried to see as many games as I could and I enjoyed watching
them,'' Halladay said. "They were really big back then. They were
selling Rockies stuff everywhere and nobody knew who was on the

"It was an exciting time. I had someone to root for. I was a
big baseball fan, and the closet place to go was Kansas City, and
then I had a team in my backyard.''

The 25 year-old right-hander, who began last season at Single-A
after being demoted from the majors, struck out three and walked
none for his third career shutout and his first since Oct. 5, 2001
vs. Cleveland.

"I wish he would have stayed in Denver,'' Walker said. "He was
very tough. I don't think anybody wanted to really dig in against

Halladay has won six of his last seven starts.

"We had reports that he was the most improved right-hander in
the American League, and the reports were right on,'' Colorado
manager Clint Hurdle said. "He dominated us.''

Rookie Eric Hinske hit his 12th homer for the Blue Jays, who
have won seven of eight. Rookie Ken Huckaby went 4-for-4.

Colorado starter Mike Hampton (3-7), who signed a $121 million,
eight-year contract before last season, allowed seven runs -- five
earned -- and nine hits in five innings. He tied a season high with
six walks.

"I was terrible. I walked way too many guys,'' Hampton said.

Toronto scored four runs in the second after Hinske doubled, and
Chris Woodward and Vernon Wells walked. Huckaby followed with a
two-run single, and Shannon Stewart added an RBI grounder. Hampton
then walked Dave Berg and Raul Mondesi before Carlos Delgado hit an
RBI single.

Huckaby singled in the fourth, advanced to second on Stewart's
walk, and scored on third baseman Todd Zeile's throwing error to
second base.

Delgado's RBI single made 6-0.

Hinske hit a solo homer in the fifth, and his RBI single in the
eighth made it 8-0.

Game notes
Hampton threw 63 pitches through two innings. ... In five
years of interleague play the Rockies are 8-25 away from Coors
Field. ... The Rockies are 25-40 in interleague play. ... The Blue
Jays are 4-1 under new manager Carlos Tosca. ... The Blue Jays are
40-46 in interleague play. ... The Rockies have lost four of five
overall. ... Walker, a Canadian, played his first game in Toronto.
Walker had two assists ... Halladay came within one out of a
no-hitter on Sept. 27, 1998 when Detroit's Bobby Higginson hit a
two-run homer. ... Agbayani entered the game 4-for-8 with two home
runs against Halladay.