TORONTO (AP) -
won't be facing the
Tampa Bay Rays
again this season, something both sides are perfectly happy about.
Halladay pitched seven solid innings to win his fifth straight start,
hit two homers and the
Toronto Blue Jays
beat the Rays 6-4 on Friday night to extend their season-high winning streak to six.
''Doc's had a great year,''
said. ''If Doc had more run support (earlier in the season), he'd certainly have over 20 wins right now.''
Rios hit a solo homer in the third and a two-run drive in the eighth for his third career multihomer game and second this
''I'm being aggressive, but in the strike zone,'' Rios said. ''I don't want to be wild.''
The AL East-leading Rays have lost three of four.
Halladay (18-9) allowed three runs, one earned, and seven hits to improve to 10-3 in his last 13 starts. He struck out seven
and walked none.
The right-hander entered 1-3 with a 4.82 ERA in four starts against the Rays this season. He has never lost to the same opponent
four times in a single year. It won't happen this year either, and Halladay is happy not to have to face the Rays again until
''You always look for the challenge, but I'm not disappointed by any means,'' Halladay said. ''They've been a great team this
year, the way they've turned things around.''
The Rays jumped on Halladay with two in the first.
reached on second baseman
's error and advanced to third on B.J. Upton's double before
each hit a sacrifice fly.
Halladay ended the inning by striking out
, the start of a stretch where he set down 17 of 20.
''You've got to get a lot on him early because he's going to settle down,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''I don't think
he's ever not settled down.''
followed Halladay with a scoreless eighth. B.J. Ryan gave up
's RBI double in the ninth but struck out Pena with runners at second and third for his 27th save in 30 opportunities.
hit a two-run double off center fielder Upton's glove in Toronto's three-run second and Rios went deep off
to make it 4-2 in the third.
Sonnanstine was disappointed not to hold the early lead against Halladay.
''He's one of the better pitchers I've ever had to pitch against,'' Sonnanstine said. ''Coming out of the gates with those
two runs, they're precious. I'm kind of disappointed that I didn't go back out there and put another zero up.''
Bartlett cut it to 4-3 with an RBI single in the seventh, but Iwamura bunted back to the mound on a squeeze attempt with runners
at second and third, with
getting caught in a rundown and tagged out by catcher
''It was wide open,'' Maddon said of the squeeze attempt. ''We just didn't get it done.''
Iwamura failed in a similar situation in an Aug. 12 loss at Oakland, and was upset at himself for not getting the bunt past
''I accept that I made a mistake,'' Iwamura said through a translator. ''We've got a game tomorrow, too, so I've got to keep
my head up.''
Halladay threw a called third strike past Upton to end the inning, stranding runners at second and third.
''It was a good pitch,'' Maddon said. ''He's been known to make big pitches when he needs to.''
Rios followed John McDonnell's eighth-inning double with his 13th homer, giving Toronto a 6-3 lead.
Sonnanstine (13-7) lost for the first time in seven starts, allowing four runs and five hits in six innings.
The roof at Rogers Center opened after the third, but had to be closed again midway through the sixth when a light rain began
Notes: Rays 3B
(fractured wrist) will take 20 to 40 swings on Saturday. Longoria has been out since Aug. 11, and the Rays want him to take
two or three days of regular batting practice before activating him off the DL. ... Rays OF
(finger) is in Arizona visiting his doctor and won't rejoin the team until after this nine-game road trip. Tampa Bay returns
home Sept. 15. ... Former
attended the game.