Series: Game 3 of 4

Toronto leads 2-1 (as of 9/18)

Game 1: Monday, September 16
Toronto 2Final
Baltimore 0
Game 2: Tuesday, September 17
Toronto 4Final
Baltimore 10
Game 3: Wednesday, September 18
Toronto 2Final
Baltimore 1
Game 4: Thursday, September 19
Toronto 9Final
Baltimore 3

Blue Jays 2

(70-82, 34-43 away)

Orioles 1

(67-84, 34-39 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 18, 2002

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: R. Halladay (17-7)

    L: S. Douglass (0-4)

    S: K. Escobar (35)

    Halladay tosses seven shutout innings for 17th win

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

    Roy Halladay

    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.

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