Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/3)

Game 1: Friday, July 2
Game 2: Saturday, July 3
Game 3: Sunday, July 4

Blue Jays 2

(36-45, 16-25 away)

Expos 0

(27-52, 14-23 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 3, 2004

    Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

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    TOR 000101000 2 8 1
    MON 000000000 0 6 0

    W: R. Halladay (7-5)

    L: T. Armas (1-3)

    S: J. Frasor (8)

    Toronto 2, Montreal 0

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Roy Halladay showed his Cy Young form.

    He came back from a rain delay to pitch seven sharp innings in Toronto's 2-0 victory over the Montreal Expos.

    The 36-minute delay in the bottom of the fourth nearly ended Halladay's night.

    "It was borderline," manager Carlos Tosca said. "I wasn't going to put him back past 40, 45 minutes."

    Eric Hinske went 4-for-4 and scored twice on RBI singles by Chris Gomez. Halladay (7-5), winner of the AL Cy Young Award last year, allowed only five hits. He struck out six and walked one.

    "He had it all going tonight," Tosca said.

    Halladay said the delay did not bother him, and he used the time to cool off in the clubhouse and stay hydrated.

    "It didn't feel bad to come back," Halladay said. "It was nice to get in the air conditioning for a while."

    Vinnie Chulk pitched the eighth and rookie Jason Frasor the ninth for his eighth save, completing the six-hitter.

    Montreal, which has the worst offense in baseball, was shut out for the 11th time this season, most in the major leagues. It was Toronto's sixth shutout of the year.

    "It was us against their best pitcher. Everything we hit was going straight to the ground," Montreal's shortstop Orlando Cabrera said.

    Hinske opened the fourth with a double against Tony Armas Jr. (1-3), who then walked Gregg Zaun. Alex Rios struck out, and Gomez hit an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.

    The sixth started with Hinske's double against reliever Sun-woo Kim. Two outs later, Gomez hit his second RBI single of the game.

    "Seems like every hit he gets is a clutch hit," Tosca said of Gomez.

    The Expos could not match Halladay, putting runners in scoring position only three times.

    Tony Batista doubled in the second with one out and advanced to third on a fielder's choice. After Cabrera's groundout, Carl Everett reached first on an error by Hinske at third base, but Brian Schneider grounded out to end the inning.

    Montreal had a runner on second in the sixth with one out before Jose Vidro and Nick Johnson grounded out.

    Halladay showed signs of tiring in the seventh. Everett singled and Schneider walked, but pinch-hitter Terrmel Sledge struck out for the third out.

    Game notes

    Hinske matched a career high with four hits. ... Armas, making his sixth start since right shoulder surgery on May 23, 2003, was on a strict pitch count. He did not return after the rain delay and 69 pitches. ... The attendance was 8,831, the second night in a row the attendance dropped below 9,000 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, which seats 19,000.

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