Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 4/9)

Game 1: Friday, April 9
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Boston5
Game 2: Saturday, April 10
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Boston4
Game 3: Sunday, April 11
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in 12
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Blue Jays 10

(1-3, 1-0 away)

Red Sox 5

(2-3, 0-1 home)

    3:05 PM ET, April 9, 2004

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    TOR 020200033 10 14 0
    BOS 001301000 5 6 0

    W: J. Speier (1-0)

    L: M. Timlin (0-1)

    Red Sox arrive at Fenway Park at 7:24 a.m.

    BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox finally had something to look forward to -- a good night's sleep after an exhausting, losing day.

    Their beleaguered bullpen blew a lead and allowed the Toronto Blue Jays to win their first game of the season, 10-5 on Friday in Boston's home opener.

    The Red Sox didn't arrive back at Fenway Park until 7:24 a.m. after a flight from Baltimore-Washington International Airport that had been delayed 4{ hours by a mechanical problem. And that followed a 3-2 loss in 13 innings Thursday night.

    "We expect to win every day regardless of how tired we are," said Boston's Johnny Damon, who was asked if pain from his injured knee would keep him from sleeping.

    "I sure hope not," he said.

    His left knee swelled after he fouled a ball off it, an injury he expects could sideline him through Sunday.

    But the Red Sox led 5-4 before Toronto scored three runs in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth. Reed Johnson and Kevin Cash each drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, who were swept in their opening three-game series by Detroit, baseball's worst team last year.

    "We've got a lot of young guys and a couple of new guys," Toronto's Vernon Wells said. "We may have taken Detroit as little too lightly."

    On Friday, the Blue Jays trailed only after Jason Varitek's solo homer, his first of the season, broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth.

    Mike Timlin, one of five relievers used the previous night, allowed run-scoring doubles in the eighth to Orlando Hudson, Cash and Frank Catalanatto.

    "I didn't make quality pitches," Timlin said. "Sure, I was tired, but everybody else was too. Our hitters were tired but they went out and hit the ball."

    Carlos Delgado's leadoff homer in the ninth made it 8-5 before David McCarty allowed Cash's two-run double. McCarty, a first baseman, pitched in spring training. Boston's other reliever Friday was Mark Malaska, who arrived at Fenway about two hours before the game after being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Justin Speier (1-0) got the win for the Blue Jays, who had 14 hits.

    "I think we came out a little more alive" than they did against Detroit, Wells said. "We swung the bats well.".

    The Red Sox flight had been scheduled to leave at 1 a.m., but the players sat in the plane on a runway for 3{ hours before boarding another plane that left at 5:46 a.m.

    Manager Terry Francona stayed at Fenway and slept for about an hour on his office couch.

    "I can remember when one hour was enough," he said. "It's not."

    The Blue Jays, and perhaps fatigue, finally caught up with the Red Sox.

    In the eighth, Timlin struck out Josh Phelps but gave up a single to Eric Hinske and a tying double to Orlando Hudson. Simon Pond struck out, but RBI doubles by Cash and Frank Catalanotto made it 7-5.

    "It's a huge win, especially against a team like this," Hudson said.

    The Red Sox reached game seven of last year's AL championship series but are 2-3 this season.

    Johnson had a two-run single in the second and an RBI groundout in the fourth followed by Wells' run-scoring double that made it 4-1. Boston tied it in the fourth on an RBI double by David Ortiz and a two-run double by Pokey Reese.

    But they went hitless after Varitek's homer.

    "We didn't really worry about" the Red Sox being tired, Wells said. "We're just concerned about ourselves."

    Game notes


    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft threw out the ceremonial first pitch as 22 players from the Super Bowl champions stood around him at the mound. Quarterback Tom Brady was among them and stood next to Red Sox owner John Henry. ... RHP Ramiro Mendoza was placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder, a move was retroactive to Thursday. Malaska was called up to fill his roster spot. ... Gabe Kapler pinch hit for Damon in the fourth, then replaced him in center field. ... Boston SS Nomar Garciaparra, on the disabled list, stayed in Boston during the four games in Baltimore so he could rehabilitate his right heel, which has tendinitis. He said he felt better but didn't expect to resume running for at least a week. ... Toronto claimed RHP Mike Nakamura off waivers from Minnesota and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.

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