TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay won his seventh straight start and
the Toronto Blue Jays rallied from a six-run deficit to complete a
three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with an 11-8 victory Sunday.
Frank Catalanotto went 3-for-4 and matched a career high with
four runs for the Blue Jays, who also swept a four-game series in
New York last weekend and have won nine of 11 overall.
The Blue Jays are six games over .500 (32-26) for the first time
since May 8, 2001. They pulled within a half-game of Boston for
second place in the AL East.
Toronto had 19 hits and leads the majors in runs, hits and total
The Red Sox, outscored 34-17 in the series, have lost five
straight for the first time since a nine-game skid Aug. 25 to Sept.
Boston tied a club record with five doubles in third inning,
their most in an inning since June 21, 1994, at Toronto.
Nomar Garciaparra tripled in the ninth and scored on Manny
Ramirez's RBI single. But Cliff Politte got Jason Varitek to ground
into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.
Byung-Hyun Kim made his first appearance for Boston in the
seventh inning. Kim, acquired Thursday from Arizona in a trade for
Shea Hillenbrand, allowed two runs on three hits. Kim will make his
first start Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Halladay (7-2) won despite allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 6
2/3 innings. The 26-year-old right-hander, who hasn't lost April 15
-- a span of 10 starts -- joined Roger Clemens and Doyle Alexander as
the only Blue Jay pitchers to win seven consecutive starts. He
struck out five and walked two.
Boston's David Ortiz hit a two-run double in the first and the
Red Sox scored four in the third. Bill Mueller led off with a
double and scored on Todd Walker's RBI double. Ramirez, Ortiz and
Trot Nixon later followed with three straight RBI doubles, giving
Boston a 6-0 lead.
Josh Phelps' two-run single in the bottom half cut it to 6-2,
and Toronto tied it in the fourth with four runs off starter Tim
Catalanotto and Vernon Wells hit consecutive RBI singles before
Carlos Delgado and Greg Myers hit consecutive RBI doubles, tying it
Toronto's Mike Bordick tripled off Matt White (0-1) in the fifth
and scored on Chris Woodward's double. Catalanotto and Wells later
followed with consecutive RBI doubles, giving Toronto a 9-6 lead.
Nixon hit an RBI double off Pete Walker in the seventh, but the
Blue Jays scored twice in the bottom half on right fielder Nixon's
fielding error and Delgado's RBI double.
The Red Sox added Kim to the roster Sunday and designated
left-hander Bruce Chen for assignment. Chen already has been cut by
Houston and Cincinnati this year. The Red Sox have 10 days to
trade, waive or release him. ... Attendance was 26,890. ... The
Blue Jays are .500 at home (14-14). ... Both teams had eight
doubles, matching the AL high this season. The Yankees also hit
eight doubles April 2 at Toronto.