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Halladay tosses seven shutout innings for 17th win

9/18/2002

BALTIMORE (AP) -- It was an ideal scenario for the Toronto Blue Jays: Roy Halladay pitching on the road against the Baltimore Orioles.

Form held true.

Halladay earned his 17th win, throwing seven shutout innings to
lead Toronto to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.

Halladay (17-7) gave up seven hits and two walks, striking out
four. He's 3-0 with an 0.82 ERA against Baltimore this season, and
9-1 overall on the road.

The right-hander, who's 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA lifetime against the
Orioles, attributes his success to familiarity with their lineup.

"I feel like I know a lot of the guys over there pretty well,''
he said. "I played with Marty Cordova and Tony Batista, played
with (Jerry) Hairston and (Chris) Singleton. I feel like I have a
better idea of what I want to do against them.''

Cliff Politte worked the eighth, allowing an RBI double to
Cordova, and Kelvim Escobar got three outs for his 35th save in 43
chances.

Carlos Delgado's 28th homer, which gave Toronto a 2-0 lead in
the seventh, proved to be the decisive run.

Baltimore's Mike Bordick extended his run of errorless games to
100, one short of Rey Ordonez's major league record for shortstops.
Bordick, whose only error this season came on April 10, extended
his record run of errorless chances at shortstop to an even 500.

Sean Douglass (0-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven
innings. He extended to seven his streak of starts without a
victory, yet it was an encouraging performance for the 23-year-old
rookie.

"Sean Douglass was outstanding tonight. Halladay was just a
little bit better, "Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "Halladay
broke a lot of bats tonight with that nasty sinker of his. He's a
good pitcher who looks like he's coming into his own.''

After scoring 10 runs one night earlier, the Orioles got off to
a promising start in the first inning. Singles by Hairston and
Batista put runners on the corners with two outs, but Jay Gibbons
struck out.

It would be a hint of things to come, as Baltimore ended up
stranding 11.

"That's the sign of a great pitcher. Every time it seemed they
got baserunners, Roy got tougher,'' Toronto coach Carlos Tosca
said.

Halladay would prefer a 1-2-3 inning anytime, but he also enjoys
working out of a jam.

"It's a challenge. I felt like in those situations, it's the
best time to go after them,'' he said. "I felt like I was
aggressive in those situations; tried to get ahead of them for the
most part.''

Douglass faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four
innings, getting a double play after Chris Woodward singled in the
third. But things went awry for the rookie in the fifth.

Josh Phelps hit a one-out double, took third on a wild pitch and
scored when Jose Cruz singled through a drawn-up infield. Cruz made
it to third on a wild pitch and a groundout, but Douglass averted
further damage by retiring Orlando Hudson on a foul popup.

Shannon Stewart hit a one-out double in the sixth before
Douglass retired Eric Hinske and Vernon Wells on groundballs.

Game notes
Woodward's third-inning single snapped an 0-for-16 skid.
But Hinske is hitless in his last 13 at-bats and Wells is mired in
a 1-for-35 slump. ... Baltimore turned its league-leading 165th
double play. ... Cruz has 33 RBIs in his last 41 games.