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Blue Jays pitcher took no-hitter into eighth

9/6/2003

TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay wanted to go 12 innings. Ten was
enough.

Halladay pitched the first extra-inning shutout in the major
leagues since Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series,
leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Detroit Tigers 1-0 Saturday.

"I really didn't want to come out," said Halladay, who threw
99 pitches, 70 for strikes. "I felt like I had at least two
more."

Halladay (19-6) didn't allow a hit until pinch-hitter Kevin Witt
doubled off the wall in left-center with two outs in the eighth. He
finished with a three-hitter.

"Doc could have pitched until tomorrow," catcher Kevin Cash
said.

Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said Halladay would have pitched
the 11th, if necessary.

"He was still dominating," Tosca said.

The last extra-inning shutout had been Morris' seven-hit, 1-0
victory for Minnesota over Atlanta in the '91 Series. Dave Stewart
had the previous one during the regular season, allowing five hits
over 11 innings as Oakland beat Seattle 1-0 on Aug. 1, 1990.

Pinch-hitter Bobby Kielty drove in the winning run off Fernando
Rodney (0-2) when he singled over center fielder Alex Sanchez in
the 10th.

Halladay, who struck out five and walked one, is tied for the
major league lead in wins with Esteban Loaiza of the Chicago White
Sox, who won earlier Saturday.

He became the first Toronto pitcher to pitch 10 innings since
John Cerutti on April 30, 1989. Halladay pitched his first shutout
since June 7 last year against Colorado. He gave up consecutive
singles to Warren Morris and Bobby Higginson in the ninth, but
Dmitri Young hit into a double play.

"They swing early and if you can throw strikes you can get
ground balls quick," Halladay said. "Some teams like Oakland and
the Yankees really don't swing a lot, but these guys are out there
swinging."

Five years ago, Halladay no-hit Detroit for 8 2-3 innings before
Higginson pinch hit and homered. Halladay admitted he thought about
that game.

"It was one of those random thoughts that go through your
head," he said.

Toronto scored after Rodney walked Eric Hinske in the 10th and
pinch-hitter Howie Clark sacrificed. Orlando Hudson struck out for
the second out, and Rodney intentionally walked pinch-hitter Greg
Myers. Kielty, batting for Reed Johnson, then singled.

Tigers starter Nate Cornejo allowed five hits in nine innings.

"I knew I was in for a challenge," Cornejo said. "Roy might
win Cy Young. He's got nasty stuff."

Detroit (37-104) needs at least six wins in its final 21 games
to avoid matching the post-1900 record of 120 losses in a season,
set by the 1962 New York Mets.

Game notes
Toronto 2B Orlando Hudson robbed Higginson of a hit with a
diving grab of a hard grounder in the first inning. ... The Tigers
have lost two straight after winning three in a row for only the
fourth time this season.