Series: Game 1 of 4

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 4/14)

Game 1: Thursday, April 14
Game 2: Friday, April 15
Game 3: Saturday, April 16
Game 4: Sunday, April 17

Blue Jays 2

(7-3, 5-2 away)

Rangers 1

(4-6, 1-3 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 14, 2005

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: R. Halladay (2-0)

    L: P. Astacio (0-1)

    Halladay collects first CG since last April 15

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Roy Halladay pitched like it was 2003, when he won the AL Cy Young Award.

    Halladay threw a five-hitter for his 16th career complete game, and pinch-hitter Russ Adams drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

    Halladay (2-0) started the night with a 9.20 ERA in six career appearances at the Rangers' hitter-friendly ballpark, but he was in control as he struck out nine and walked one in his third start.

    "It's nice to go long in a close game," Halladay said. "This has always been a tough lineup for me. I haven't figured them out but I had a better idea than I had in the past."

    It was Halladay's first complete game since last April 15 at Detroit.

    Toronto manager John Gibbons said Halladay was pitching so well that he wasn't tempted to go to closer Miguel Batista in the ninth.

    "It was his game to win or lose," Gibbons said. "I'm a rookie manager. He would have fought me if I tried to take him out."

    With the game tied at 1, the Blue Jays put runners on second and third in the seventh against Pedro Astacio (0-1) when Alexis Rios led off with a single and went to third on Gregg Zaun's double.

    Zaun's hit came on a fly ball to shallow right that hit the foul line ahead of a diving right fielder Richard Hidalgo.

    Adams, pinch hitting for John McDonald, dribbled a grounder to first that scored Rios and helped the Blue Jays to their fifth victory in six games.

    The Blue Jays improved to 7-3, their best start since also winning seven of their first 10 in 2001.

    Halladay, limited to 21 starts due to right shoulder problems last year, retired the first nine Rangers in order before Alfonso Soriano led off the fourth with a double.

    "There's not a whole lot of margin for error with Halladay out there," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "You could tell early that he was on top of his game. He threw two fastballs above the knees all night. He had the cutter, the plus-curveball and everything was down."

    Meanwhile, Astacio allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings. He struck four and walked two.

    Astacio was seeking his first AL win, and his first victory since May 22, 2003, while with the New York Mets. Astacio appeared in only five games last season with the Boston Red Sox because of right shoulder problems, compiling a 10.38 ERA.

    "Sometimes you have to give the other guy credit," Astacio said. "Halladay pitched a great game."

    Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first on Vernon Wells' sacrifice fly. Texas tied it at 1 in the fifth on an run-scoring infield single by Gary Matthews Jr. McDonald made a nice play at shortstop to keep Matthews' hit from going up the middle, but his throw was late.

    "I wanted to get him out, but I didn't want to make a bad throw," McDonald said. "All I was thinking was to knock it down. And I had faith in Doc (Halladay) that he was going to get the next guy."

    Halladay retired Soriano on a fly-out to end the fifth.

    Game notes

    Showalter used his ninth different lineup. ... Rangers RHP Frank Francisco pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco on Thursday night. Francisco is on the 15-day disablied list due to a sore right elbow. Showalter wants to see how Francisco's arm holds up after pitching on consecutive days. ...Toronto had lost six straight in Arlington. The Blue Jays' last win there was on May 8, 2003. ...Texas' Michael Young went 0-for-4 to snap a nine-game hitting streak.

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