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Blue Jays Slam Mets

Marty Cordova hit a grand slam off All-Star Al Leiter as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Mets 7-3 on Sunday.

Down 3-2 in the sixth inning, Toronto loaded the bases on Craig Grebeck's walk, Raul Mondesi's single, and Tony Batista's infield single. Cordova followed with his first career slam and third homer of the season.

Leiter (10-3), the loser of Tuesday's All-Star game, was perfect until allowing a two-out single in the fourth.

The 34-year-old left-hander walked the bases loaded in the fifth before allowing an RBI single to Alberto Castillo and an RBI grounder to Homer Bush.

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  • Leiter tied a season high by allowing six runs. He gave up seven hits and four walks and struck out six in 5 2-3 innings as the Mets lost for the ninth time in 12 games.

    Roy Halladay (4-5) won for the second time since being recalled from the minors on June 24. The 23 year-old right-hander allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, struck out six and walked three.

    Reliever John Frascatore loaded thbases with two outs in the seventh, but struck out Todd Zeile looking to end the threat.

    Billy Koch got four outs for his 21st save in 25 chances.

    Todd Pratt's seventh homer gave New York a 1-0 lead in the third inning.

    After the Blue Jays scored twice in the fifth, New York went ahead again 3-2 in the sixth on Zeile's RBI triple and Benny Agbayani's run-scoring grounder.

    Jose Cruz Jr. hit his 21st homer off Bobby M. Jones in the eighth for the final run.

    Notes

  • Three naked women held up signs advertising a local strip club in one of SkyDome's hotel rooms.
  • Mets right-hander Rick Reed will be activated from the disabled list Monday. Reed, who was on the DL with a strained calf and fractured left wrist, will start that night against the Blue Jays. He'll be watched closely by pitching coach Dave Wallace.
  • The game was delayed for 12 minutes in the second inning when the SkyDome's roof opened.
  • Halladay made his fourth start since being recalled from the minors.

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