Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 3

Toronto leads 2-0 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Friday, September 5
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Game 2: Saturday, September 6
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Game 3: Sunday, September 7
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Tigers 0

(37-104, 18-53 away)

Blue Jays 1

(71-70, 33-37 home)

    4:05 PM ET, September 6, 2003

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: R. Halladay (19-6)

    L: F. Rodney (0-2)

    Blue Jays pitcher took no-hitter into eighth

    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.

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