Series: Game 4 of 5

Boston leads 4-0 (as of 7/3)

Game 1: Monday, July 1
Toronto 0Final
Boston 4
Game 2: Tuesday, July 2
Toronto 1Final
Boston 2
Game 3: Tuesday, July 2
Toronto 4Final
Boston 6
Game 4: Wednesday, July 3
Toronto 2Final
Boston 5
Game 5: Thursday, July 4
Toronto 5Final
Boston 9

Blue Jays 2

(33-49, 16-25 away)

Red Sox 5

(50-31, 22-19 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 3, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: W. Gomes (1-0)

    L: C. Politte (3-2)

    S: U. Urbina (22)

    Clark keys rally; Sox will go for 5-game sweep

    BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox starter John Burkett likes how Boston has bounced back from its series against the Atlanta Braves.

    Tony Clark
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    Tony Clark's tiebreaking single keyed a three-run eighth inning as the Red Sox took advantage of four Toronto errors and continued their dominance over the Blue Jays with a 5-2 win Wednesday night.

    After struggling to an AL-worst 5-13 record in interleague play and losing three straight this past weekend to Atlanta, the Red Sox have won the first four of a five-game set against Toronto.

    ''We definitely responded well to the Braves series,'' Burkett said. ''We had a tough time against them. Then we played Toronto, and we swept them. Now have Detroit coming in.''

    Burkett was a little ahead of himself. The Tigers come into Fenway on Friday for the start of a three-game series that leads into the All-Star break.

    The Red Sox, who posted their ninth straight victory over Toronto, look to complete a five-game sweep of the Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon. Boston has won 21 of 29 against Toronto dating back to last season.

    ''We have been able to get a few more hits than we were getting the whole month of June,'' manager Grady Little said of winning the first four versus Toronto.

    Wayne Gomes (1-0), making his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, pitched one scoreless inning for the win. Ugueth Urbina recorded the final three outs for his 22nd save.

    Manny Ramirez opened the eighth with a single off Cliff Politte (1-2). One out later, pinch-runner Rickey Henderson stole second and moved to third when Darrin Fletcher's throw hit him and bounced into the outfield for an error.

    After Jason Varitek struck out, Clark, hitting just .218 coming in, singled up the middle, scoring Henderson. Lou Merloni added an RBI single and Brian Bowles hit Shea Hillenbrand with a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 5-2.

    ''Sometimes the swing is perfect and the ball finds a hole. Sometimes it doesn't, '' Clark said. ''Tonight it found a hole.''

    ''Inconsistency is one of the things that happens when you have a young team,'' Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said.

    Toronto grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Dave Berg opened the game with a double and scored on Shannon Stewart's double.

    Boston tied it with an unearned run in the third. Johnny Damon, selected by the fans as the 30th All-Star in Internet voting that ended Tuesday, walked, stole second, advanced to third on catcher Ken Huckaby's throwing error and scored on Hillenbrand's ground out.

    Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay's throwing error allowed the go-ahead run to score in the sixth. Nomar Garciaparra singled, went to third on Ramirez's single and scored when Halladay fired a wild pickoff attempt to first.

    Halladay gave up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits, walked three and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings.

    ''It's frustrating,'' Halladay said. ''It seems like we go out and pitch a good game and they go out and pitch as well or better.''

    Toronto's Eric Hinske broke an 0-for-17 slump with an RBI single in the seventh, tying it at 2-all.

    Burkett allowed two runs, 10 hits, walked two and fanned three in seven innings.

    ''If we kept getting the pitching we were getting in interleague play, we knew we were going to win some of these games," Merloni said.

    Game notes

    Damon left Tuesday night's game with leg cramps due to the heat and was the DH Wednesday, but his legs didn't seem to bother him as he stole two bases and had a bunt single. ... Cruz went 0-for-3 against Burkett and is just 1-for-27 against him lifetime. ... Halladay, the lone Blue Jays' All-Star, remained 6-0 on the road with the no-decision. ... Burkett is winless in his last five starts. ... Ramirez, who struck out twice before hitting two singles, has no homers and only two RBI since coming off the DL June 25 after missing 39 games with a fractured left index finger. ... Carlos Delgado is just 2-for-17 in the series.

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