SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Roy Halladay showed his Cy Young
He came back from a rain delay to pitch seven sharp innings in
Toronto's 2-0 victory over the Montreal Expos.
The 36-minute delay in the bottom of the fourth nearly ended
"It was borderline," manager Carlos Tosca said. "I wasn't
going to put him back past 40, 45 minutes."
"He had it all going tonight," Tosca said.
Halladay said the delay did not bother him, and he used the time
to cool off in the clubhouse and stay hydrated.
"It didn't feel bad to come back," Halladay said. "It was
nice to get in the air conditioning for a while."
Montreal, which has the worst offense in baseball, was shut out
for the 11th time this season, most in the major leagues. It was
Toronto's sixth shutout of the year.
"It was us against their best pitcher. Everything we hit was
going straight to the ground," Montreal's shortstop Orlando
The sixth started with Hinske's double against reliever Sun-woo
Kim. Two outs later, Gomez hit his second RBI single of the game.
"Seems like every hit he gets is a clutch hit," Tosca said of
The Expos could not match Halladay, putting runners in scoring
position only three times.
Tony Batista doubled in the second with one out and advanced to
third on a fielder's choice. After Cabrera's groundout, Carl
Everett reached first on an error by Hinske at third base, but
Brian Schneider grounded out to end the inning.
Halladay showed signs of tiring in the seventh. Everett singled
and Schneider walked, but pinch-hitter Terrmel Sledge struck out
for the third out.
Hinske matched a career high with four hits. ... Armas,
making his sixth start since right shoulder surgery on May 23,
2003, was on a strict pitch count. He did not return after the rain
delay and 69 pitches. ... The attendance was 8,831, the second
night in a row the attendance dropped below 9,000 at Hiram Bithorn
Stadium, which seats 19,000.