Halladay Dominates Yanks

Roy Halladay held the Yankees to just four hits during the entirety of Monday's game. After allowing a first-inning run, Halladay – who now leads the American League in wins – shut out the AL East leaders as his offense pounded David Wells and Jeff Weaver. The Blue Jays ended up taking home a victory by a final score of 8-1.

The Yankees got on the board early in the first inning. Alfonso Soriano led the game off by hitting a bunt single down the left field line and stealing second. Nick Johnson laced a single to left field that scored Soriano and put the Yankees up 1-0.

But the Yankees would only manage to get three more baserunners against Halladay, as Toronto's ace completely shut them down from the second inning on.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays hitters were doing their part as well. Toronto tied the game in the fourth inning on Carlos Delgado's RBI groundout. Josh Phelps followed that with a single to right-centerfield that scored another run and put the Jays up for good.

The Jays tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning and another in seventh against Wells (12-6), who suffered his third consecutive loss. Wells did last seven innings, but he allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk while fanning just three batters.

Jeff Weaver relieved Wells to pitch ninth and allowed a three-run homerun to Phelps to put the game well out of reach for the Yankees.

Halladay (18-6) moved into a tie for the most wins in the AL with Chicago's Esteban Loaiza. He allowed just the one run on four hits and a walk while striking out 10 Yankee batters.

Jason Giambi continued his recent struggles, going 0/4 to give him no hits in his last 24 at bats.

The second game of the three-game series is Wednesday at 7:05 pm. Mike Mussina (15-7, 3.22) will take the mound for the Yankees to face Toronto's Kelvim Escobar (10-8, 4.31).

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