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Updated: Sunday, July 4, 2004 12:20 AM EDT
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TORONTO 2, MONTREAL 0
 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Ticker) -- Roy Halladay , Eric Hinske and Chris Gomez were unaffected by a lengthy rain delay.

Halladay yielded five hits in seven sharp innings, Hinske had four hits and Chris Gomez added three hits and two RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Montreal Expos , 2-0, at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

The game was delayed 37 minutes by rain in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the fourth when Hinske hit a leadoff double off Tony Armas Jr. (1-3) and Gomez knocked him in with a two-out single to right field. Armas did not return after the delay.

"I (couldn't) return," said Armas, who was making his sixth start since undergoing surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. "It could be a risk to return after the delay. Don't forget, I'm just returning from surgery."

Hinske, who had his first four-hit game of the season and sixth of his career, began the sixth inning with another double off Sun-Woo Kim. He took third on Gregg Zaun 's groundout and scored on another two-out single by Gomez to right.

"The turf here is real slow when the ball hits the outfield and it gives you a chance to get an extra base," Hinske said. "Things just worked out well for me tonight."

"Hinske (had) a great night, as well as Gomez," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. "They can swing the bat good (and) hopefully keep us going. Without them, we'd (be) runless."

Halladay (7-5) struck out six batters and walked one as he rebounded from his worst outing of the season. On Monday, he was rocked for seven earned runs and eight hits in five innings in a 10-2 loss at Tampa Bay.

"It was nice to get a shutout," Halladay said. "But I'm just happy to get a win."

"In his last appearance, he didn't have all his pitches - no curve, no breaking ball," Tosca said. "But tonight he was great, cut the corner. Outstanding performance tonight for Roy."

Rookie Jason Frasor worked around a one-out single by Orlando Cabrera in the ninth for his eighth save.

Montreal's Jose Vidro had a 19-game hitting streak end. He went 0-for-4.

"Today it was us against their top pitcher," Expos shortstop Orlando Cabrera said. "Everything we hit went to the ground and the umpire allowed him to pitch very low. But their pitcher deserves a lot of credit.


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