Halladay, Blue Jays shut out Tigers

TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay finished the season with yet another
dominant performance.

Halladay gave up two hits over eight innings as the Toronto Blue
Jays finished the year with a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers
on Sunday for their season-high seventh straight win.

"Doc pitched awesome. It was a great cap to the season for
him,'' Toronto's Eric Hinske said. "He was the horse on our team
all year. Without him we would be nowhere. He was nasty.''

Hinske hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth for the Blue Jays,
whose 44-32 record since the All Star break is fourth-best in the

Halladay (19-7) allowed only an infield single to Chris Truby in
the third before Craig Monroe led off Detroit's eighth with a
double. Damian Jackson then reached on shortstop Dave Berg's
throwing error.

After George Lombard lined out to the shortstop, Brandon Inge
struck out and Truby lined out to center to end the threat.

Halladay struck out five and walked none. The 25-year-old righty
pitched his second shutout of the season and the fourth of his

"I'm happy with the way it finished,'' Halladay said. "I'm
satisfied with 19 wins.''

The game marked Ernie Harwell's last as the Tigers' radio
announcer, wrapping up his 42nd season with Detroit and 55th
overall doing major league baseball.

The 84-year-old Harwell's broadcast was also carried on
Toronto's radio network in the ninth inning. He received a nice
round of applause from the crowd when he was shown on the

Kelvim Escobar pitched the ninth inning for his 37th save of the

Detroit starter Mike Maroth (6-10) pitched seven scoreless
innings before Berg led off the eighth with a single. One out
later, Shannon Stewart singled. Hinske then singled over the glove
of third baseman Truby to give Toronto the lead.

Maroth lost five of his last six decisions for the Tigers
(55-106), who finished with their worst record since going 53-106
in 1996.

Maroth allowed one run on seven hits in 7 1-3 innings.

"It was a good game,'' Detroit manager Luis Pujols said. "I
was pleased. I like him.''

Truby singled off Halladay's glove with two outs in the third.
The ball trickled to second baseman Orlando Hudson, whose throw to
first was late.

The Blue Jays attracted 1,637,900 fans this season -- their
lowest attendance since 1982.

"It's hard to sell tickets when you are not going to make the
playoffs,'' Halladay said.

Game notes
Hudson robbed Omar Infante of a hit with a diving catch in
the first. ... Toronto 1B Carlos Delgado passed George Bell for the
franchise lead for total bases when he doubled in the fourth.
Delgado has 2,203 total bases. ... Harwell signed autographs before
the game. ... Halladay came within one out of a no-hitter against
Detroit on the final day of the 1998 season. Pinch-hitter Bobby
Higginson homered to end that bid.