Jays' Halladay gets major league-best 16th victory

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Roy Halladay retired the first 16 batters in
earning his major league-leading 16th win, and the Toronto Blue
Jays hit three homers in a 9-2 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on

Halladay (16-3) allowed two runs, four hits and a walk in seven
innings, striking out two. The right-hander was perfect until
rookie Brandon Fahey grounded a single up the middle with one out
in the sixth.

Halladay was replaced after throwing 98 pitches and with Toronto
comfortably in command. The 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner is 14-4
lifetime against Baltimore and 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA this year.

Troy Glaus, Bengie Molina and Reed Johnson homered for the Blue
Jays, who salvaged the finale of the three-game series after losing
7-2 and 15-0.

Miguel Tejada hit his 22nd homer for the Orioles, whose
season-high four-game winning streak ended. Baltimore scored 34
runs in its previous three games before being held to five hits by
Halladay and relievers Jeremy Accardo and B.J. Ryan.

Orioles starter Erik Bedard (12-9) gave up seven runs, five
earned, and seven hits in five innings. The left-hander is 0-3 in
five starts since winning seven straight from June 16-July 23.

Toronto went up 2-0 in the first inning, when Vernon Wells drew
a two-out walk and Glaus followed with his 33rd homer. The Blue
Jays added two unearned runs in the second, courtesy of a throwing
error by Bedard on a sacrifice bunt by John McDonald.

A leadoff double by Lyle Overbay and a successful squeeze by
McDonald made it 5-0 in the fourth. Bedard got two outs in the
fifth before Glaus singled and Molina hit the next pitch over the
center-field wall.

The Orioles, who hit only three balls out of the infield in the
first five innings, finally broke through in the sixth. After
Fahey's one-out single, Chris Widger walked and Brian Roberts
singled to load the bases before Nick Markakis drove in a run with
a fielder's choice.

Tejada connected in the seventh, only the fourth homer allowed
by Halladay in his last 10 starts.

Johnson hit his career-high 11th home run off Russ Ortiz to make
it 9-2 in the eighth. Before the homer, Johnson struck out three
times and hit into a double play.

Game notes
Molina has 11 RBI in his last 12 starts. Against Bedard,
he's 9-for-19 (.474) with five RBI lifetime. ... Toronto won the
season series 11-8. ... Overbay had three hits and is 19-for-47
(.404) over his last 13 games. ... Tejada has hit in nine straight
games (13-for-35, .371).