Series: Game 1 of 2

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 4/16)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 16
Boston 14Final
Toronto 3
Game 2: Wednesday, April 17
Boston 10Final
Toronto 3

Red Sox 14

(8-4, 4-0 away)

Blue Jays 3

(6-7, 3-6 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 16, 2002

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    BOS 104001404 14 - -
    TOR 001000101 3 - -

    W: F. Castillo (1-0)

    L: B. Lyon (0-2)

    S: R. Arrojo (1)

    Hillenbrand hits three-run homer as Boston romps

    TORONTO (AP) -- Shea Hillenbrand is off to a strong start for the second consecutive year.

    Shea Hillenbrand

    Hillenbrand hit a three-run homer, and Frank Castillo and Rolando Arrojo combined for a four-hitter as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 14-3 Tuesday night.

    Hillenbrand hit his fifth homer of the season off Brandon Lyon (0-2) in the third inning, giving Boston a 5-0 lead. The second-year third baseman went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, raising his batting average to a team-high .413.

    Hillenbrand had two nine-game hitting streaks last April before struggling through the rest of the season.

    "He's carrying our team," Boston's Johnny Damon said. "He's finding out what pitchers have. He knows exactly what's coming everytime right now. He's in that zone."

    Hillenbrand, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double in the first, denied he's in a zone. He said he's just more comfortable this season.

    "Last year I didn't know what I was doing. This year I have a plan and a purpose, and I'm going out there and working hard and it's paying off," Hillenbrand said.

    Manny Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI for the Red Sox, who won three of four against New York in their previous series.

    Vernon Wells homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost two consecutive.

    Castillo (1-0) allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked one.

    "The opposition's point of view when they come in to face Frank Castillo is one that they can't hardly wait to face him, but when the game is over they are beating their heads against the wall wondering how they went 0-for-4," Boston manager Grady Little said.

    Arrojo allowed two unearned runs in three innings for his first save of the season.

    After Hillenbrand doubled in the first, he advanced to third on a wild pitch before Nomar Garciaparra hit a run-scoring grounder.

    Trot Nixon, Rey Sanchez and Damon hit consecutive singles in the third before Hillenbrand homered.

    "Everything he's doing right now is turning into gold," Little said. "He hit that home run with one hand. That was impressive."

    Wells led of the bottom half with his third homer of the season.

    Ramirez led off the sixth with his third home run, giving Boston a 6-1 lead.

    The Red Sox scored four runs in the seventh inning to make it a rout.

    Toronto reliever Justin Miller walked Trot Nixon, and Sanchez singled before Hillenbrand hit a grounder to rookie third baseman Eric Hinske, whose high throw to first went over the head of Carlos Delgado, allowing Nixon and Sanchez to score.

    Garciaparra followed with a run-scoring double, and Tony Clark later hit a run-scoring grounder, giving Boston a 10-1 lead.

    After Ramirez hit a two-run double in the ninth off Bob File, Clark and Brian Daubach had RBI grounders to make it 14-2.

    Lyon allowed six runs on seven hits in six innings.

    "They hit good pitches. They are a hot team," Lyon said. "Hopefully, when I face a team that's not so hot I'll do a lot better."

    Game notes

    Little said the struggling Clark would get a day off Thursday. Clark is hitting .146. ... Hillenbrand has 17 RBI. ... SkyDome's roof was open for the first time this season and the earliest it has ever been. The temperature at game time was 81 degrees. ... Attendance was just 16,069. ... Castillo went 10-5 for the Blue Jays in 2000. ... Lyon has allowed six home runs in 16 2/3 innings after conceding just six in 63 innings over 11 starts last season. ... Toronto's Raul Mondesi was the designated hitter for the 10th consecutive game. He is unable to play in the field because of a strained right shoulder.

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