Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Toronto won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, September 27
Detroit 2Final
Toronto 5
Game 2: Saturday, September 28
Detroit 2Final
Toronto 10
Game 3: Sunday, September 29
Detroit 0Final
Toronto 1

Tigers 0

(55-106, 22-59 away)

Blue Jays 1

(78-84, 42-39 home)

    1:05 PM ET, September 29, 2002

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    TOR 00000001 - 1 - -

    W: R. Halladay (19-7)

    L: M. Maroth (6-10)

    S: K. Escobar (38)

    Halladay, Blue Jays shut out Tigers

    TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay finished the season with yet another dominant performance.

    Halladay gave up two hits over eight innings as the Toronto Blue Jays finished the year with a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday for their season-high seventh straight win.

    "Doc pitched awesome. It was a great cap to the season for him,'' Toronto's Eric Hinske said. "He was the horse on our team all year. Without him we would be nowhere. He was nasty.''

    Hinske hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth for the Blue Jays, whose 44-32 record since the All Star break is fourth-best in the majors.

    Halladay (19-7) allowed only an infield single to Chris Truby in the third before Craig Monroe led off Detroit's eighth with a double. Damian Jackson then reached on shortstop Dave Berg's throwing error.

    After George Lombard lined out to the shortstop, Brandon Inge struck out and Truby lined out to center to end the threat.

    Halladay struck out five and walked none. The 25-year-old righty pitched his second shutout of the season and the fourth of his career.

    "I'm happy with the way it finished,'' Halladay said. "I'm satisfied with 19 wins.''

    The game marked Ernie Harwell's last as the Tigers' radio announcer, wrapping up his 42nd season with Detroit and 55th overall doing major league baseball.

    The 84-year-old Harwell's broadcast was also carried on Toronto's radio network in the ninth inning. He received a nice round of applause from the crowd when he was shown on the scoreboard.

    Kelvim Escobar pitched the ninth inning for his 37th save of the season.

    Detroit starter Mike Maroth (6-10) pitched seven scoreless innings before Berg led off the eighth with a single. One out later, Shannon Stewart singled. Hinske then singled over the glove of third baseman Truby to give Toronto the lead.

    Maroth lost five of his last six decisions for the Tigers (55-106), who finished with their worst record since going 53-106 in 1996.

    Maroth allowed one run on seven hits in 7 1-3 innings.

    "It was a good game,'' Detroit manager Luis Pujols said. "I was pleased. I like him.''

    Truby singled off Halladay's glove with two outs in the third. The ball trickled to second baseman Orlando Hudson, whose throw to first was late.

    The Blue Jays attracted 1,637,900 fans this season -- their lowest attendance since 1982.

    "It's hard to sell tickets when you are not going to make the playoffs,'' Halladay said.

    Game notes


    Hudson robbed Omar Infante of a hit with a diving catch in the first. ... Toronto 1B Carlos Delgado passed George Bell for the franchise lead for total bases when he doubled in the fourth. Delgado has 2,203 total bases. ... Harwell signed autographs before the game. ... Halladay came within one out of a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of the 1998 season. Pinch-hitter Bobby Higginson homered to end that bid.

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