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Halladay ties club record with 21st victory

9/17/2003

DETROIT (AP) -- Roy Halladay makes plenty of good teams look bad.
The Detroit Tigers, then, don't have much of a chance against him.

Halladay shut out the Tigers for the second time in 10 days,
throwing a six-hitter to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-0 win
Wednesday night and pushing Detroit one step closer to baseball
history.

"He's amazing -- I've said it before, but he's Cy Young,"
Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. "I saw Randy Johnson and Curt
Schilling when I was in Arizona, and he's made out of the same
stuff. I've run out of things to say about him."

Halladay had a 10-inning shutout against the Tigers on Sept. 7
at SkyDome, and is 9-1 in his career against Detroit.

"They have a younger team and they like to swing the bats,"
Halladay said. "A big part of what I do is to throw strikes with
movement and get guys swinging, so it is nice to face an aggressive
team that is anxious to try to get out there and put some runs on
the board."

Detroit (38-113) has lost five straight and needs five wins in
its final 11 games to avoid matching the post-1900 record of 120
losses set by the 1962 New York Mets.

The Tigers became just the fifth team since 1900 to lose 113
games, and the first AL team to do so since the 1916 Philadelphia
Athletics. That club set the AL record with 117 losses.

"We gave up some runs today on balls that landed right in the
middle of three fielders," Tigers catcher Brandon Inge said.
"Those are the type of things that just keep happening in a season
as bad as this."

Halladay (21-6) pitched his second shutout of the season,
becoming the first 21-game winner in the majors. He tied the team
record for wins in a season held by Roger Clemens (1997) and Jack
Morris (1992).

"He's awfully good," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "The
only question left about the Cy Young is if the voters will like
this guy, who has the better stuff, or (Chicago's) Esteban Loaiza
for what he has done in the pennant race."

Halladay has allowed only an unearned run in his last 36
innings, strengthening his Cy Young credentials. He walked none and
struck out seven, throwing 72 of 102 pitches for strikes.

"This has been a fun run," Halladay said. "I think it is
important for me to stay focused for my next two starts, and then I
can start thinking about awards. Right now, I'm just trying to make
my best pitches and not think about anything."

The Tigers put only one runner in scoring position over the last
seven innings.

"He just buries you," Inge said. "He threw over 100 pitches
and had only 30 balls. That's why the guy is a 20-game winner. He
can come after you with so many different pitches, starting with a
96 mph sinker."

Shane Loux (0-1) allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks in
3 1-3 innings in his first start since Aug. 27. He had been
sidelined with a sore shoulder.

Detroit got leadoff doubles in the first two innings, but
Halladay struck out Dmitri Young to end the first, and Inge hit
into an inning-ending double play in the second.

"Not to get a run out of those two innings was tough,"
Trammell said. "After we didn't get anything there, against that
guy, we're looking at having to hold down one of the best offenses
in baseball for a long time."

By the time the Tigers got their next baserunner on Warren
Morris' infield single in the sixth inning, Toronto had a 6-0 lead.

Vernon Wells made it 2-0 in the third with his 32nd homer, and
the Blue Jays scored four more in the fourth.

With runners on first and second and one out, former Tiger Frank
Catalanotto lined a two-run triple to the center-field fence. Eric
Hinske followed with an RBI single, stole second and scored on
Carlos Delgado's two-out double off reliever Chris Spurling.

Game notes
Kevin Cash's fourth-inning single ended an 0-for-19 slump.
... Toronto has won six straight against the Tigers, outscoring
them 40-14. ... Reed Johnson extended his career-best hitting
streak to 14 games with a sixth-inning double. Johnson replaced
Catalanotto (hamstring) in the fourth inning. Catalanotto is
day-to-day. ... Halladay tied Pat Hentgen's 10-year-old team record
by winning his 12th road game of the season. ... Young struck out
in his first three at-bats. ... The game drew 11,240 fans, about
half as many as Tuesday's WNBA championship game at the Palace of
Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit.