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[July 12, 2008]  TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay threw a two-hitter and Matt Stairs and Rod Barajas homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

DonutsHalladay (11-6) won his third straight start and threw his major league-leading seventh complete game. He struck out eight and walked one. The right-hander, who has 11 career shutouts, is 8-1 over his past 12 starts.

The Blue Jays extended their home winning streak to a season-high six games.

Playing in their third city in as many nights, the Yankees put just two runners in scoring position against Halladay. Leadoff hitter Brett Gardner was hit in the left leg with a pitch and stole second in the first, but Halladay got Derek Jeter to ground out and struck out both Bobby Abreu and Alex Rodriguez looking to end the inning.

Jeter hit a ground-rule double in the ninth but Abreu ended a 12-pitch at-bat by striking out before Rodriguez lined out to first to end the game.


The only other hit was Alex Rodriguez's one-out single in the fourth, a liner to center that dropped in front of Brad Wilkerson.

The Yankees managed just two other baserunners against Halladay. Robinson Cano drew a two-out walk in the second, and Abreu was hit by a pitch in the sixth, but was caught stealing to end the inning.

Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain lost for the first time in eight starts since joining the rotation on June 3. Chamberlain (2-3) allowed three runs and seven hits and matched season highs by striking out nine in 6 2-3 innings.

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Toronto opened the scoring in the third when Adam Lind led off with a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Joe Inglett advanced Lind to third with a bunt and was safe at first when catcher Jorge Posada's underhanded throw sailed over the head of Wilson Betemit at first. One out later, Lyle Overbay's single scored Lind and sent Inglett to third. Stairs followed with an RBI fielder's choice.

Barajas hit a solo homer to left in the sixth, his eighth. It was just the second homer Chamberlain has allowed since becoming a starter.

Chamberlain left after Lind reached on a bloop double that Cano lost in the twilight. Billy Traber came on and got Inglett to hit a comebacker.

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Stairs made it 5-0 with a two-run homer in the eighth off Traber, his ninth.

Inglett made a diving catch in right to retire Melky Cabrera in the fifth, but the defensive highlight came in the eighth when second baseman Marco Scutaro fielded Betemit's grounder and flipped the ball from his glove to shortstop John McDonald, who spun around and threw to first for the out.

The crowd of 43,078 was Toronto's biggest since Opening Day.

Notes:@ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the swelling in OF Johnny Damon's injured left shoulder has gone down and that Damon's range of motion is returning. Damon is eligible to come off the 15-day DL on July 20. ... OF Hideki Matsui (left knee) hit off a tee and took part in a soft toss session for the third straight day Friday and could take batting practice Saturday. Matsui is working out at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. ... Blue Jays OF Alex Rios is expected miss the entire weekend series. He has returned home to Puerto Rico, where his girlfriend is due to give birth to the couple's first child. ... Toronto RHP A.J. Burnett will pitch on three days' rest in Sunday's series finale in place of RHP Dustin McGowan, who is on the 15-day DL with a sore shoulder.

[Associated Press]

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