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Toronto is 1-8 at Skydome

4/22/2004

TORONTO (AP) -- Chris Gomez ended Toronto's home drought -- and
Curt Schilling's night -- with one swing.

Gomez hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Schilling in the eighth
inning to give the Blue Jays their first home victory of the
season, 7-3 over Boston on Thursday night.

Gomez drove in five runs to help the Blue Jays snap a five-game
losing streak and improve to 1-8 at home.

"It's just nice to win a game. I don't care where it is, if
it's China or any place," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.

At 4-11, the Blue Jays are off to their worst start ever.

Gomez hit his first career slam after Schilling (2-1) allowed
singles to Carlos Delgado and Eric Hinske and walked Orlando
Hudson. The homer gave Toronto its first lead at home since Delgado
hit a three-run homer in the first inning April 7.

"It was exciting. I'm not going to lie," Gomez said. "I'm a
guy that doesn't get excited about too many things. I try to stay
on an even keel, but that was exciting. To help a team win is the
best thing in baseball."

Schilling lost for the first time in four starts with his new
team, allowing seven runs on 13 hits in 7 2-3 innings. He gave up a
career-high 14 hits on Sept. 20, 2002, against Colorado.

"I didn't get the job done. I felt good, I felt strong, I just
didn't do my job," Schilling said.

Terry Adams (2-0) pitched two innings for the victory.

Manny Ramirez went 3-for-3 with two walks for the Red Sox, who
visit New York for a three-game set this weekend.

Toronto's Howie Clark tied a career-high with four hits.

Boston's David Ortiz hit a two-run homer off Miguel Batista in
the first, and Jason Varitek's RBI single in the third gave the Red
Sox a 3-0 lead. Clark hit a run-scoring single in the bottom half
of the first.

Schilling struck out the first two batters in the seventh before
Hudson tripled. Gomez and Frank Catalanotto later hit RBI singles
to tie it at 3.

Game notes
Hinske ended a career worst 0-for-19 slump with a single in
the fourth. ... Schilling and Batista are former teammates. ...
Manager Terry Francona gave SS Pokey Reese a day off. Cesar Crespo
started instead.