Toronto Blue Jays defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-1

Compared with the four-hour bout the Red Sox had Tuesday with the Rangers, last night's matchup between Roy Halladay and Paul Byrd seemed more inclined to the virtuoso.

Two pitchers dedicated to throwing strikes, getting the ball back, and throwing more strikes.

It was certainly nice for those in the crowd of 37,834 who wanted to make it home in time to see Michael Phelps go after his eighth gold medal. It was less nice for those who wanted to see a Red Sox win.


BOSTON—Roy Halladay stopped Boston's potent offense and spoiled Paul Byrd's debut with the Red Sox, pitching his major league-leading eighth complete game in the Toronto Blue Jays' 4-1 victory Saturday night.

The loss snapped Boston's four-game winning streak and came after the Red Sox scored 37 runs in a three-game sweep of Texas.

Alex Rios hit a two-run homer and Adam Lind had a solo shot for the Blue Jays, who moved within eight games of Boston for the AL wild-car...