Frank Gunn, Associated Press
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Roy Halladay fires and delivers another win over the Yankees. Toronto handled New York 14-3.

TORONTO — Roy Halladay beat the Yankees for the third straight time, Marco Scutaro hit a three-run homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays handed New York its worst loss of the season, 14-3 on Thursday night.

New York's previous worst loss was a 12-2 home loss to Baltimore on May 20.

Halladay (15-9) improved to 13-5 in 30 career games against the Yankees, allowing three runs and five hits in seven innings. He walked two and matched a season high with nine strikeouts.

Pitching for the first time since spraining an ankle at Detroit last Wednesday, Scott Downs worked the eighth before Brandon League wrapped it up in the ninth.

Joe Inglett had a career-high four hits, Scutaro matched career highs with four hits and four RBIs as Toronto had 21 hits in all, one shy of a club high this season.

Alex Rios, Adam Lind each had three hits for the Blue Jays, and Rios and Matt Stairs drove in three runs each.

Sidney Ponson (7-4) matched a season high by allowing seven runs and eight hits in two-plus innings. He walked one and didn't strike out a batter. The right-hander has won twice in 10 starts since New York signed him June 19.

Right-hander David Robertson allowed two runs in 1 1/3 innings and left-hander Billy Traber was tagged for four runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings as the Yankee bullpen absorbed a beating.

Blanked by Halladay through the first six innings, New York got on the board in the seventh when Hideki Matsui hit a three-run homer to right, his eighth. Matsui, who returned Tuesday after missing 49 games due to a sore left knee, homered for the first time since June 12 at Oakland.

INDIANS 10, ROYALS 3: At Cleveland, Cliff Lee won his AL-leading 18th victory and Grady Sizemore had a career-high seven RBIs for Cleveland. Lee (18-2), who won his seventh straight decision, allowed three runs — two earned — and six hits in seven innings. The left-hander struck out seven and induced four double plays.

ATHLETICS 2, MARINERS 0: At Seattle, Emil Brown homered and Greg Smith allowed four hits over six innings for his first win since June as the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Thursday night. Carlos Gonzalez added an RBI single in the top of the ninth. TWINS 2, ANGELS 1, (12): At Anaheim, Calif. Nick Punto tripled and scored on a single by rookie Denard Span in the 12th inning, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Thursday night and pull within a half-game of the AL Central lead. The game ended on a sour note for former Twins Gold Glove center fielder Torii Hunter, who missed catching Punto's drive by inches on a leaping attempt in front of the 18-foot wall in right-center.

National League

METS 5, BRAVES 4: At New York, Carlos Delgado tied his career high with five hits, the last a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth that gave the Mets a victory over Atlanta. David Wright hit a one-out double off Vladimir Nunez (0-1), and Carlos Beltran was intentionally walked before Delgado hit a sharp liner to left.

Omar Infante slipped as he tried to track down the drive, and the ball glanced off his glove. Wright had three hits, including his 25th homer, for New York, which has won three straight and nine of 10. The Mets increased their NL East lead to 2 1/2 games over Philadelphia.

Luis Ayala (2-8) pitched 1 1-3 shutout innings to earn his first win since he was acquired from Washington on Sunday.

Yunel Escobar homeered and Brian McCann hit a two-run double for Atlanta, which has lost five straight.

NATIONALS 4, PHILLIES 3: At Philadelphia, Austin Kearns hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth and Washington snapped a 12-game losing streak. The Phillies blew an eighth-inning lead for the third time in nine days. Ryan Madson (3-2) couldn't protect a one-run lead after Carlos Ruiz put Philadelphia ahead with a solo homer in the seventh. Jesus Flores' RBI single in the eighth tied it at 3 and Kearns lined his single to give the Nationals the lead and their first victory since a doubleheader sweep of Colorado on Aug. 7.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, PADRES 1: At Phoenix, Brandon Webb pitched seven shutout innings for his career-high and major league-leading 19th victory Thursday night in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres. It was the sixth straight winning start for Webb (19-4), giving him eight wins in his last 11 starts. He allowed three hits with eight strikeouts, both tying season bests, as the Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep.

Saul Rivera (4-5) allowed two runs in one inning, but earned the win. Joel Hanrahan pitched two innings for his fourth save.

Phillies starter Jamie Moyer gave up two runs — one earned — and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Moyer has allowed three runs or less in 14 consecutive starts, but has only five wins in that span.

CUBS 3, REDS 2: At Chicago, Carlos Zambrano earned his 13th victory on the fourth try and homered to lift Chicago. Zambrano (13-5) allowed a run and six hits in seven innings, including a solo homer by Jay Bruce in the sixth. The Cubs' ace had two no-decisions and a loss in his previous three starts, giving up 17 hits and 15 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings. He won for the first time since July 29 and ran his record against the Reds to 4-0 this season and 14-9 for his career. Zambrano hit his fourth homer of the season — and fifth of his career against the Reds — to put Chicago up 3-0 in the third. The victory extended the Cubs' lead in the NL Central to 5 1/2 games over idle Milwaukee.

Joey Votto's 15th homer, a towering shot off reliever Carlos Marmol in the eighth, brought the Reds within 3-2. Kerry Wood worked a perfect ninth for his 26th save.

DODGERS 3, ROCKIES 1: At Los Angeles, Derek Lowe allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings, and James Loney homered and had two RBIs as Los Angeles salvaged the finale of a three-game series. The victory gave the Dodgers a 7-3 record on their 10-game homestand. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Rockies. Lowe (10-10) allowed four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Jonathan Broxton worked the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances since taking over the closer's role last month.

The Rockies scored their run in the first on Matt Holliday's sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers tied it with an unearned run against Jorge De La Rosa (6-7) that scored on Loney's out-out single.

Matt Kemp hit a two-out double in the fifth and scored on Andre Ethier's single to put the Dodgers ahead for good. Loney opened the seventh with his 10th homer.

GIANTS 4, MARLINS 3: At San Francisco, Emmanuel Burriss scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Giants. Burriss drew a one-out walk from closer Kevin Gregg (6-6), stole second and took third on a fly out. Pinch-hitter Bengie Molina was intentionally walked, but Gregg's first pitch to Fred Lewis skipped past catcher John Baker, allowing Burriss to score standing up. Brian Wilson (2-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for San Francisco, which won for the fourth time in five games. Wilson also got the win Wednesday when the Giants beat the Marlins in the final inning.

San Francisco improved to 19-13 against the NL East, the only division the Giants have a winning record against this season.

Dan Uggla hit his 27th home run for Florida in the second.