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Halladay cuts Angels to size

ROY Halladay tied the major league lead with his sixth win of the season as the Toronto Blue Jays pounded the Los Angeles Angels 13-1 on Wednesday.

Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay hit three-run home runs to help the American League-leading Blue Jays (20-10) to their fifth victory in the last six games.

Toronto leads the league in hits and batting average and the team is off to its best start since 1992.

"That's been the key, not only for me, but for our team all year," Halladay said. "It's been really nice. There's no question that's the reason we are where we are right now - the way we're swinging the bats."

Halladay, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, lasted eight innings and struck out six batters. He logged 117 pitches before reliever Shawn Camp finished up the ninth.

Angels (12-14) starter Anthony Ortega lasted just 1-1/3 innings.

Elsewhere in the AL, it was: Royals 9, Mariners 1; Indians 9, Red Sox 2; Rays 4, Yankees 3 (in 10 innings); Orioles 4, Twins 1 (in six innings); and Rangers 3, Athletics 2.

In the National League, it was: Dodgers 10, Nationals 3; Cardinals 4, Pirates 2; Brewers 15, Reds 3; Mets 1, Phillies 0; Braves 8, Marlins 6; Cubs 6, Astros 3; Rockies 11, Giants 1; and Diamondbacks 3, Padres 1.

In Los Angeles, Aaron Hill hit a two-run homer in the first and finished 3-for-5 with three RBI for the game. The Blue Jays added five runs off reliever Justin Speier in the eighth, where Scott Rolen drove in two runs and Overbay added his three-run blast.

Howie Kendrick scored the Angels' only run on Jeff Mathis' single in the eighth.

"We got it handed to us," said Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia.

"(Halladay has) got terrific command (and) he's tough if you give him runs to work with."

Scioscia was ejected from the game after an umpire gave Speier a warning for hitting a Blue Jays' batter.

The Angels had their three-game winning streak snapped and have got off to a slow start after winning 100 games a year ago.

Los Angeles catcher Mike Napoli came into the game having recorded 11 hits in his last 21 at-bats, but finished hitless in four plate appearances for the second game in a row.

Also, the Dodgers achieved the major league's best start to a season at home in almost a century when they beat Washington.

The victory improved the Dodgers to 13-0 at home so far this season, surpassing the mark set by the Detroit Tigers who won 12 straight at home to start the 1911 season, and had been considered by local media to be the "modern-day" record.

The Chicago White Stockings won 21 games at home in 1880.

"I'm glad we got it, only because it becomes a distraction and you get to the point where it's all you're shooting for," Los Angeles manager Joe Torre said. "Then maybe you have a letdown even if you don't realize it. Hopefully, this is a stepping-stone on the way to something more important."

Manny Ramirez and Orlando Hudson had two RBI each, while starter Clayton Kershaw pitched five innings in the win.

The Dodgers' seventh straight victory made them a major league-best 21-8 overall, matching their best start since 1977, when LA went on to win the NL pennant in Tommy Lasorda's first season as manager.


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