ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -No team has ever beat
Toronto Blue Jays
four times in one season.
helped make sure the
Tampa Bay Rays
Halladay beat Tampa Bay for the first time this season, and Wells homered and had three RBIs as Toronto beat the AL East-leading
Rays 6-2 on Tuesday night.
''It's a team that can get you at any point, so you've got to kind of be on your toes,'' Halladay said. ''You can never get
too comfortable. You've got to go out and still be aggressive. You can't change your game plan too much, but I think there's
a point with teams like this that they're never out of it. It's a tough team to pitch again.''
Halladay (16-9) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. The right-hander posted a 5.32 ERA in losing his previous three
starts against Tampa Bay this year.
''I honestly don't know how we beat him three times,'' Rays left fielder
said. ''He's probably the best pitcher in baseball. Tonight he had a good night.''
Halladay, who struck out seven, is 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA over his last five starts.
Wells had two run-scoring singles and added a solo homer in the ninth that made it 6-2. He his hitting .643 with four homers
and nine RBIs over his last three games.
''When Doc is on the mound, you've just got to scratch out a few (runs) and you've got a chance to win,'' Wells said.
hit a solo homer for the
, who have won 10 of their last 13 road games.
Hinske drove in two runs for Tampa Bay, which has lost consecutive games for just the second time since the All-Star break.
Tampa Bay is an AL-best 47-19 at home this season.
The Rays' lead over second-place Boston dropped to 3 1/2 games. The
New York Yankees
7-3 on Tuesday.
Toronto took a 3-0 lead in the third on
's two-run, two-out double. He has 11 RBIs over his last 10 games.
Wells had put the
ahead 1-0 with an RBI single in the first. He hit a run-scoring single in the seventh that put Toronto up 4-2.
Hinske pulled the Rays within 3-2 with a two-run single in the sixth.
(11-8) went 6 2-3 innings, allowing four runs and nine hits. He had won six of his seven previous starts at home.
''Definitely the margin is slim,'' Shields said about pitching against Halladay. ''He's one of the premier pitchers in the
league. I thought I pitched pretty well tonight, but when you're facing Halladay, you've got to be in your 'A' game.''
When asked what level his performance was at, Shields said '''B' game I guess.''
''It definitely wasn't my 'A' game or else I would have won the game,'' he added. ''You can't make too many errors when you're
facing a guy like that.''
Tampa Bay had runners on second and third with two outs in the second, but Halladay struck out
on a 3-2 pitch.
left in the sixth with cramping in both hamstrings. He might miss Wednesday's game.
Notes: Halladay is 10-7 all-time against Tampa Bay. ... Rays rookie All-Star 3B
(right wrist) will resume hitting this week and hopes to return around Sept. 1. ... Toronto 3B
(left shoulder) was activated from the 15-day DL. ... Tampa Bay closer
(right knee) had his first bullpen session since getting hurt. ...
is a big fan of playing indoor baseball. ''I don't mind domes myself,'' he said. ''Actually, I think all teams should have
domes. Wouldn't have the rainouts. That's what I believe.'' ... Tampa Bay's first-round pick in this year's amateur draft,
SS Tim Beckman, is joining Class-A Hudson Valley after starting his pro career with rookie-level Princeton. ... The attendance