Halladay Too Much As Angels Lose Again At Home

The Angels have been on a hot streak lately, powered by one of the best for average hitting lineups in the league, but that doesn't mean much when Roy Halladay takes the mound.

Halladay became baseball's second six-game winner and the Blue Jays routed the Los Angeles Angels 13-1 on Wednesday night.

Halladay (6-1) joined Kansas City's Zack Greinke atop the victory list, dominating the Angels over eight innings. The right-hander allowed one run and six hits.

Pitching, though, isn't all these Blue Jays have to offer. Toronto is hitting a major league-best .297 as a team and the offense's 6.3 runs per game has helped the hitters to finally grab their share of the attention.

It was all in sync against the Angels. Aaron Hill, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay each homered to back Halladay.

Every Blue Jays starter had at least one base hit, with five players collecting at least two. Hill led the way with three.

Angels pitcher Anthony Ortega (0-2), in his third career start and appearance, was no match for a Blue Jays offense that entered the game also leading the major leagues in runs, hits, extra-base hits, and total bases.

Ortega gave up two more runs in the second inning on RBI singles from Marco Scutaro and Hill before he was removed. Angels reliever Rafael Rodriguez then gave up a three-run home run to Wells.

Ortega gave up six earned runs and six hits in 1 1-3 innings.

The Angels, who won the final three games of a just-completed three-city road trip, once again stumbled at home. Los Angeles, which won 100 games last season, is just 6-7 in its own ballpark.

It was a rare easy night for Halladay in a ballpark that hasn't often seen his finest work. The former Cy Young Award winner entered just 2-3 at Angel Stadium with a 6.35 ERA.

He didn't allow an extra-base hit until Howie Kendrick doubled to lead off the eighth inning. Kendrick scored on a two-out single from pinch-hitter Jeff Mathis.

"The Angels are a good team and I've had some ugly starts here, especially early in my career," Halladay said. "I think I gave up 11 runs in one inning. It's a tough team and obviously they are missing some key parts and that will make a difference. It's never an easy team to pitch against."

After Overbay's three-run home run capped a five-run eighth inning for the Blue Jays, both benches were warned one batter later when Angels reliever Justin Speier hit Rod Barajas with a pitch. Angels manager Mike Scioscia was ejected for arguing the warning with home-plate umpire Bill Hohn. It was Scioscia's third ejection.

Speier then barked at Hohn when he left the mound following the top of the ninth inning and had to be restrained by pitching coach Mike Butcher.

"He was having trouble making pitches," Scioscia said of Speier. "He was a little taken aback by a warning on a forkball. When your intent is questioned, that's a serious matter.'"

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