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Mirabelli's 3-run jack puts Boston ahead to stay

TORONTO (AP) -- Mike Timlin rescued the Boston Red Sox -- again.

Doug Mirabelli hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth
inning, and Timlin pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom
half to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on
Tuesday night.

On Sunday, Timlin got the Red Sox out of a trouble after Manny
Ramirez fell down on a fly ball, which put runners at second and
third with one out. Against Toronto, 10 of Timlin's 13 pitches in
the sixth inning were for strikes.

"What he did was incredible," Red Sox manager Terry Francona
said. "He threw the ball real good the other day, but his command
tonight was phenomenal."

Tim Wakefield (10-7) allowed three runs and 10 hits in five-plus
innings for his fifth win in his last six starts. Keith Foulke got
four outs for his 23rd save as the Red Sox won for the seventh time
in eight games and remained 6½ games behind New York in the AL
East.

"Mike deserves the win, not me today," Wakefield said.

With the Blue Jays leading 3-2 in the sixth, Orlando Cabrera hit
a one-out double and Bill Mueller followed with a walk. Mirabelli
then hit a 2-1 pitch from Miguel Batista (9-10) to left to give
Boston a 5-3 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, Wakefield loaded the bases in the
bottom half by walking Gregg Zaun, allowing an infield single to
Gabe Gross and hitting Chris Gomez with a pitch.

Timlin came in and struck out Reed Johnson and Orlando Hudson
swinging, and got Alex Rios on a groundout.

"I'm just happy I got out of it," Timlin said. "As a middle
reliever there are a few things you want to be able to do, and
that's not let inherited runners score. And there was three of them
out there, and that doesn't happen very often."

Added Mirabelli: "He has one of the top five sinkerballs in
baseball. It moves a lot and he showed it today."

Zaun cut Boston's lead to 5-4 with an RBI single off Timlin in
the seventh, but Ramiro Mendoza and Foulke followed with hitless
relief.

Boston entered the day tied with Anaheim for the lead in the AL
wild-card race.

Orlando Hudson homered for the last-place Blue Jays, who won
their previous four games.

"When Timlin comes in after you face a knuckleballer, it looks
like he's throwing 120 mph," Blue Jays interim manager John
Gibbons said.

Mirabelli is Wakefield's personal catcher, but he's also
Boston's everyday starter this week while Jason Varitek serves a
four-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl with
the Yankees last month.

Wakefield's run-scoring wild pitch gave Toronto a 1-0 lead in
the second.

Hudson homered in the third, and Eric Hinske's RBI single in the
fourth gave Toronto a 3-0 lead.

Ramirez hit a two-run single in the fifth to cut it to 3-2.

Batista allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Game notes
Mirabelli homered twice in a 4-2 victory at SkyDome on
April 21. ... Zaun struck out on a called strike in the second and
then argued with plate umpire Tony Randazzo when he came out to
catch in the third. 1B Carlos Delgado got between Zaun and
Randazzo. Zaun wasn't ejected. ... After catching Ramirez's fly
ball in the third, LF Gross threw out a retreating Dave Roberts at
first.