Jays' Halladay ties for major league lead with 14th win

TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay doesn't normally waste leads.

Halladay tied for the major league lead with his 14th win,
rebounding from his first loss in six weeks to lead the Toronto
Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Wednesday.

Halladay (14-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 1/3
innings, striking out five and walking none as he improved to 13-4
against Baltimore. He frittered away a 3-0 lead against the Chicago
White Sox on Aug. 4, his only loss since June 18, and was staked to
a four-run margin against the Orioles.

"It's just nice to be able to get the lead like that and be
able to hold it," Halladay said.

Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox and Justin Verlander of the
Detroit Tigers (both 14-4) also are tied for the lead in victories.

Because of injuries, Halladay hasn't pitched this late in the
season in three years.

"This is a team we should beat," Halladay said. "It was nice
to see we had a good effort."

Halladay says Toronto's four-game series at Minnesota this week
is first of many that are must win. The Blue Jays began the day in
the third place in the AL East -- nine games behind first-place New
York. They trail four teams in the wild-card race.

"It's a huge series," Halladay said. "It's getting to that
point of the season for us."

B.J. Ryan got five straight outs for his 26th save in 30 chances.
With a runner on second and one out in the eighth, Ryan struck out
Miguel Tejada and retired pinch-hitter Kevin Millar on a lineout to

"I've been out there a lot lately so I feel fresh," said Ryan,
who is 2-for-5 in save chances since the All-Star break.

Bengie Molina had two RBI for the Blue Jays, who have won just
three of 11. Baltimore has lost five of seven.

Erik Bedard (12-8) lost his second straight start after winning
his previous seven decisions. Bedard gave up four runs and seven
hits in seven innings.

"It's hard. You make good pitches, and they hit them and it
falls where nobody is," Bedard said. "You can't do anything about

Bedard is happy with his season.

"It feels good to have a season with more consistency and no
injuries," he said.

Aaron Hill hit an RBI grounder in the second, and Toronto made
it 4-0 in the third. Alex Rios hit an RBI single, and Molina
followed with a hard grounder to first baseman Fernando Tatis, who
knocked the ball down and fumbled it before throwing home late.
Troy Glaus and Rios scored on what was ruled a rare infield single
for slow-footed Molina.

Melvin Mora hit an RBI double in the fourth and scored on a
single by Tatis, and Brandon Fahey's had a run-scoring grounder in
the fifth.

Game notes
Toronto LHP Ted Lilly is to start Thursday in Minnesota.
Lilly missed Monday's start because of a stiff neck. ... Bedard was
scheduled to start Monday, but his start was moved back to give him
extra rest.