A's lose game, and possibly Mulder for year


TORONTO (AP) -- Barry Zito's night got worse when he found out
that Mark Mulder was likely out for the rest of the season.

Roy Halladay won his AL-leading 17th game as the Toronto Blue
Jays beat Zito and the Oakland Athletics 6-3 Friday night.

Oakland manager Ken Macha held a team meeting before the game to
tell his players that Mulder has a stress fracture in his right
hip, a startling injury that will likely sideline the ace for the
rest of the season.

A's general manager Billy Beane said during the game that they
were "resigned" to the fact that Mulder is probably done for the

"Is it the rest of the year? Is that what he said?" Zito said.
"Wow, we didn't hear that. We heard that we were going to monitor
his condition. That's tough."

The A's began the day with a one-game lead over Boston in the AL
wild-card race.

Mulder is 15-9 with a 3.13 ERA in 26 starts, and leads the
majors with nine complete games.

Mulder was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because
of tendinitis in his right hip. The Athletics originally expected
him to miss only two starts, and were surprised when the fracture
showed up later on an MRI.

"We shouldn't feel that individually we have to pitch like two
starting pitchers now," Zito said.

Halladay (17-5) outpitched Zito, allowing three runs on eight
hits, while striking out eight and walking none in six innings. He
is tied with Atlanta's Russ Ortiz for the major league lead for

Zito (10-11) gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in 5
1-3 innings.

Halladay said losing Mulder will hurt.

"That's huge for them," Halladay said. "It's got to be
disappointing to have one of your leaders get hurt like that, but
they have a lot of other good pitchers. It is tough though to see
an important guy get hurt."

Vernon Wells went 3-for-5 for the Blue Jays, who have won three

Down 3-1 in the sixth, the Blue Jays rallied with four runs.
Wells led off with a single and Carlos Delgado followed with an RBI

Zito walked Tom Wilson and threw a wild pitch before Bobby
Kielty hit a tying, RBI single. Chris Woodward followed with an
run-scoring single, and an out later Kevin Cash hit an RBI infield
single off Chad Bradford, giving Toronto a 5-3 lead.

The A's loaded the bases in the eighth, but Trever Miller got
pinch-hitter Eric Byrnes to pop up in the infield to end the

Aquilino Lopez came on with a runner on first in the ninth and
got two outs for his sixth save.

Toronto's Reed Johnson walked with two outs in the bottom half,
advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Eric Hinske's RBI
double, giving Toronto a 6-3 lead.

Johnson ended an 0-for-22 slump with a single in the third
before Zito walked Dave Berg and Wells hit a run-scoring double for
his career-high 101st RBI.

Erubiel Durazo's RBI grounder and Ramon Hernandez's run-scoring
single gave Oakland a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

Miguel Tejada homered off Halladay in the sixth, his 19th.

Game notes
Oakland's Tim Hudson said he'll be ready to pitch on
Sunday. Hudson, hit on the hand by a line drive last Saturday, was
scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Red Sox.
... Tejada has 10 career home runs at SkyDome. ... Tejada went
2-for-3 with a walk. ... Toronto reliever Cliff Politte returned
after missing three games to be with his wife, who gave birth to a
boy. Politte hit Hernandez with a pitch to load the bases in the
eighth. It was the only batter he faced. ... Oakland's Scott
Hatteberg left the game in the eighth because of a sore back. He's