Series: Game 1 of 3

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 5/27)

Game 1: Monday, May 27
Boston 8Final
Toronto 6
Game 2: Tuesday, May 28
Boston 6Final
Toronto 4
Game 3: Wednesday, May 29
Boston 7Final
Toronto 4

Red Sox 8

(33-15, 18-4 away)

Blue Jays 6

(17-31, 8-18 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 27, 2002

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: F. Castillo (3-5)

    L: R. Halladay (5-2)

    S: U. Urbina (16)

    Three RBI each for Garciaparra, Varitek

    TORONTO (AP) -- With three scoreless innings of relief, Rolando Arrojo proved he deserves to start.

    Nomar Garciaparra

    A ninth-inning, two-run homer from Nomar Garciaparra, right, proved to be very important for the Red Sox when the Jays rallied in the final frame.

    Arrojo, told before the game that he'll replace Darren Oliver in the starting rotation this weekend, came out of the bullpen and kept the Toronto Blue Jays in check to help the Boston Red Sox preserve an 8-6 victory Monday night.

    Arrojo is scheduled to start against the New York Yankees on Saturday.

    ''Today was like preparation for the game on Saturday,'' Arrojo said through a translator. ''I felt fine. I felt very strong. Hopefully, I'll do a good job on Saturday.''

    Boston manager Grady Little took Oliver out of the rotation because he hasn't won since May 7 and he gave up three home runs in four-plus innings of a 14-5 loss to the Yankees on Sunday night.

    Nomar Garciaparra homered and drove in three runs, and Jason Varitek also had three RBI for the Red Sox, who have the best record in the majors at 33-15.

    Raul Mondesi drove in a season-high four runs for the Blue Jays, including a two-run homer in the ninth off Rich Garces that cut it to 8-6. Ugueth Urbina came on to get two straight outs for his 16th save in 17 chances.

    Frank Castillo (3-5) finally got some run support after the Red Sox scored a total of four runs in his previous four starts. Castillo allowed four runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked three.

    ''When you get some runs it allows you to relax a little bit,'' Castillo said. ''They definitely picked me up today.''

    Toronto has dropped four straight and six of seven.

    Garciaparra went 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored. His seventh homer of the season, a two-run shot off newly acquired Cliff Politte in the ninth, gave Boston an 8-4 lead.

    ''Toronto battled back, but our bullpen came through for us big time,'' Garciaparra said.

    Boston scored three unearned runs in the first after first baseman Carlos Delgado's fielding error with two outs allowed Brian Daubach to reach. Daubach's grounder ticked of the glove of Delgado, who tried to back-hand it.

    Shea Hillenbrand followed with a two-run double off Roy Halladay (5-2), and Varitek added an RBI single.

    After Garciaparra doubled in the third, Hillenbrand reached on an error by shortstop Felipe Lopez, who bobbled a slow grounder. Varitek followed with a two-run double to make it 5-0.

    ''We can't make mistakes. They will kick you in the teeth,'' Toronto manager Buck Martinez said.

    Rickey Henderson tripled in the fourth and scored on Garciaparra's two-out single.

    Halladay, who had won his previous four starts, allowed six runs -- two earned -- on eight hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

    ''Errors happen in baseball. It's my job to get us out of it. If you can't do that you are going to lose a lot of games throughout the course of a year,'' Halladay said.

    Castillo didn't allow a baserunner until Shannon Stewart led off the fourth with a double to right-center. He scored on Delgado's RBI grounder.

    Stewart hit an RBI single in the fifth, and Mondesi added a two-run double off Castillo with the bases loaded, cutting Boston's lead to 6-4.

    Game notes

    Politte, traded by Philadelphia on Sunday, made his debut with the Blue Jays. ... Boston's Bryant Nelson singled in the eighth for his first major league hit. ... Actor Ben Affleck sat behind home plate. ... Two fans wearing NHL Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys ran onto the field in the sixth. Fans chanted 'Go Leafs Go' as they were escorted off the field by security. The Maple Leafs are playing the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals. ... Attendance was 14,108. ... Boston 2B Rey Sanchez, who left Sunday night's game with a strained right hamstring, didn't play and is doubtful for Tuesday night's game.

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