Halladay took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, and the
Toronto Blue Jays beat the Angels 3-2 Thursday night.Halladay (5-4) outpitched Jarrod Washburn, who failed in his
attempt to become the majors' first eight-game winner."I felt really good," Halladay said. "They're a team that
goes out swinging and sometimes you can take advantage."Anaheim is tied with Boston for the best record in baseball, and
they lead the AL runs scored and batting average, but stars Garret
Anderson, Tim Salmon, Darin Erstad and Troy Glaus are on the
disabled list."We're missing some very important guys to our team. It's
starting to show," Washburn said.After Chone Figgins hit a bunt single in the first, Vladimir
Guerrero followed with a single. Halladay retired 19 straight
before David Eckstein's single leading off the ninth.Eckstein scored on third baseman Dave Berg's throwing error, and
Jeff DaVanon chased Halladay with an RBI single. Jason Frasor got
last out for his second save."Roy is one of the best in the game and he was locked in
tonight," Washburn said. "I'm pretty surprised we got anything
off him, even though it was unearned runs."Halladay, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, gave up two
unearned runs and four hits, struck out seven and walked two."He was overpowering," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.
"That was outstanding. You run out of phrases to use when you're
talking about him."Washburn (7-2) lost for the first time in eight starts since
April 12, allowing all three runs and eight hits in seven-plus
innings.Frank Menechino hit a two-run triple for the Blue Jays, who have
won 10 of their last 12 against Anaheim. The Angels were swept for
the first time this season."We're just kind of stagnant right now," Anaheim's Adam
Kennedy said. "You can't expect Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Guillen
to carry us every day. Injuries happen, but if we're going to be
there at the end of the year we're going to have to play through
some injuries. "Toronto's Alexis Rios singled in the seventh for his first major
league hit. Reed Johnson followed with an RBI single and Menechino
added a two-run triple.
Samuel L. Jackson threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ...
Rios hit just .259 with three homers and 23 RBI at Triple-A
Syracuse, but the Blue Jays recalled him. "It's not the ideal
situation, but desperate times, desperate measures," GM J.P.
Ricciardi said. The Blue Jays are 20-27. ... Toronto's Vernon Wells
went 0-for-4, ending his 17-game hit streak. ... Washburn remains
tied with Houston's Roger Clemens, Cincinnati's Paul Wilson and
Texas' Kenny Rogers for the major league lead in victories.