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Major league-leading pitcher unbeaten in 16 starts

Halladay first to 14 wins

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2003

BOSTON Roy Halladay won his 14th straight decision and Bobby Kielty had a homer and two singles in his Toronto debut to lead the Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Thursday night.

Halladay (14-2) allowed nine hits, striking out five and walking none in his second complete game of the season and seventh of his career. He leads the majors in wins and is unbeaten in 16 starts since losing to the New York Yankees on April 15.

Boston starter Derek Lowe (10-4) had been unbeaten in 11 starts since a loss at Minnesota on May 11, but he allowed four runs in four innings, throwing 92 pitches.

Three runs scored on Reed Johnson's bases-loaded double in the fourth that made it 4-0.

Orioles 2, Angels 1

BALTIMORE Rodrigo Lopez allowed five hits in seven innings and Jeff Conine homered as Baltimore ended Anaheim's five-game winning streak.

Luis Matos had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who improved to 5-1 against the defending world champions. Anaheim was 7-2 against Baltimore last year.

Lopez (3-5) gave up one run, struck out five and walked three. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA in July after closing June with a 7.63 ERA.

Jorge Julio worked the ninth for his 19th save in 24 tries.

Lopez outpitched Ramon Ortiz (11-7), who allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.

Yankees 5, Indians 4

NEW YORK Hideki Matsui led off the ninth with a home run, giving the Yankees a come-from-behind win over the Indians.

Matsui hit a 1-0 pitch from David Riske into the center-field bleachers. Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Riske (2-2) to tie it 4-all.

Even with the new setup man Armando Benitez in the bullpen, manager Joe Torre stuck with what has worked for him since 1997 by bringing in closer Mariano Rivera (4-0) to work the ninth with the score tied.

Benitez, acquired from the Mets on Wednesday in a trade for Jason Anderson and two prospects, was warming up in the bullpen when Matsui homered.

Rangers 12, Devil Rays 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Juan Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with four RBIs to help Texas.

Gonzalez hit his 24th homer of the season, a three-run drive, and added a run-scoring double.

Donnie Sadler and Marcus Thames also homered for the Rangers, who have won seven of their last 11.

John Thomson (7-9) allowed three runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings, striking out nine as he won his third straight decision.

Joe Kennedy (3-6) allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings. It was his second start since missing six weeks with left shoulder inflammation.

Twins 6, Athletics 2

MINNEAPOLIS Torii Hunter and A.J. Pierzynski each drove in two runs and Rick Reed pitched seven solid innings as Minnesota ended an eight-game losing streak.

Jacque Jones went 3-for-5 in his return from the disabled list for Minnesota, which entered the All-Star break in third place in the AL Central.

Chris Singleton was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Oakland, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

After losing 12 of their previous 13 games, the Twins found life against Oakland ace Tim Hudson (7-4). New leadoff man Shannon Stewart, acquired from Toronto the day before, went 0-for-2 in the first inning. But his new teammates had six hits and five runs while the A's made three errors.

Royals 7, Mariners 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jose Lima won the sixth straight start of his stunning comeback but left with a groin injury as Kansas City won an ejection-filled game between division leaders.

Lima (6-0) allowed five hits in 5 1-3 innings, striking out five, walking two and hitting a batter. He lowered his ERA to 2.41 as the AL Central-leading Royals improved to 7-0 in his starts. Kansas City opened the season with nine straight wins.

With a runner on first in the sixth, Lima bent over in pain after a 1-1 pitch to Randy Winn. Jason Grimsley relieved.

Kansas City's Ken Harvey was ejected in the sixth inning by first base umpire Paul Emmel, who ruled the first baseman was off the bag as the Royals attempted to complete a double play on Willie Bloomquist's grounder to shortstop.

Seattle manager Bob Melvin was ejected in the bottom of the eighth by plate umpire Joe West after Carlos Febles was hit for the second time in the game, Seattle pitcher Rafael Soriano also was tossed.



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