<
>

Halladay's 10th victory helps Blue Jays sweep Nats

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto's starters did something they haven't
done all season -- win three straight games.

Roy Halladay earned his 10th win of the season and the Blue Jays
completed a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals with an
8-4 victory Thursday night.

It's the first time this season Toronto starters have won three
straight games. A.J. Burnett won the first game of the series,
while Ted Lilly won on Wednesday.

Washington has lost 14 of 18.

"I don't think we overlooked them," Halladay said. "We didn't
expect them to roll over for us. We went out and played hard and
that's important."

Lyle Overbay homered and Eric Hinske had three hits and three
RBI for the Blue Jays, who moved a season-high 10 games over .500
(44-34).

Staked to a 5-1 lead in the third, Halladay (10-2) allowed four
runs and six hits, striking out five without a walk in 6 1/3
innings.

The 2003 AL Cy Young award winner took a three-hitter into the
seventh before being chased by consecutive doubles by Daryle Ward,
Ryan Zimmerman and Marlon Anderson.

"When you've got Burnett, Lilly and Halladay going to work we
have a good chance to win against any team," Hinske said. "Just
put some runs up early and let those guys do what they do."

Anderson homered twice off Halladay.

Washington starter John Patterson (1-3) left in the fourth
inning a tired arm.

Patterson threw only two pitches in the fourth before a trainer
and manager Frank Robinson went to the mound. Bill Bray came on in
relief.

"His body language just didn't look like he was into it
tonight," Robinson said.

Patterson, who allowed five runs and six hits, was making his
second start since spending 62 days on the disabled list with a
right forearm strain.

Patterson said he has a "dead arm" but thinks he'll be able to
make his next start.

"By the time I got to the mound to warm up for the game I could
feel it wasn't quite right," Patterson said. "As the game went
along it just got worse and worse and I started losing my release
point. My arm just felt dead."

He doesn't think it's related to his strained forearm.

"I just feels like spring training dead arm," Patterson said.
"I took two months off. It's just where I'm at."

Toronto's Troy Glaus hit an RBI single in the first.

Gregg Zaun doubled in the second and scored on Hinske's double.
Zaun bowled over fellow catcher Robert Fick and knocked the ball
loose on a play at the plate.

After Hinske reached third on a passed ball, Russ Adams hit a
sacrifice fly to give Toronto a 3-0 lead.

Anderson homered in the third, but Toronto scored twice in the
bottom half on Hinske's two-run triple to right-center.

Anderson homered again in the fifth, a solo shot off the
scoreboard in right, but consecutive RBI singles by Reed Johnson
and Frank Catalanotto gave Toronto a 7-2 lead in the bottom half.

Overbay homered off Jon Rauch in the sixth.

Game notes
Toronto RF Alex Rios was hospitalized Thursday and was
expected to remain overnight to receive treatment on a bad
infection in his lower left leg. Rios fouled a ball off his leg
during Tuesday's victory over Washington. The area swelled and he
sat out Wednesday's game as a precaution. But the pain in his leg
got worse Thursday, so the team sent him to the hospital. ...
Washington OF Alfonso Soriano doubled in the sixth for his 1,000th
career hit. ... Halladay has won six straight decisions at Rogers
Centre.