Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 4/8)

Game 1: Friday, April 8
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Game 2: Saturday, April 9
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Game 3: Sunday, April 10
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Red Sox 6

(2-2, 2-2 away)

Blue Jays 5

(2-2, 0-1 home)

    7:15 PM ET, April 8, 2005

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: B. Arroyo (1-0)

    L: D. Bush (0-1)

    S: K. Foulke (1)

    Foulke survives hairy ninth to earn save

    TORONTO (AP) -- Terry Francona can rest easy, knowing his Boston Red Sox are undefeated without him.

    Bronson Arroyo won his first start of the season, and Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon homered to lead the Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 Friday night for their second straight win under interim manager Brad Mills.

    Earlier Friday, Francona was released from a Boston hospital, two days after experiencing chest pains In New York that doctors said were likely caused by a virus. Francona is expected to return for Monday's home opener at Fenway Park, when the Red Sox receive their World Series rings.

    He watched the game from Boston.

    "It feels good to let him sit at home and not have any stress, and pull a couple out," Arroyo said. "Hopefully, we can win every game until he comes back, that way we can tell him that he's got to sit on the sidelines and let Millsie take the reins for a little bit."

    Boston catcher Jason Varitek said the players all miss him.

    "He's a huge part of our team. He's our leader, he's our manager, but we want him healthy," Varitek said.

    A crowd of 50,560 was at the game, Toronto's largest attendance for a home opener. SkyDome was renamed the Rogers Centre and a new FieldTurf surface was installed.

    Two videoboards were also installed in the fence. Boston's Johnny Damon cut his arm while fielding a double off one of the videoboards in the second. He left the game in the ninth inning to get six stitches.

    "He cut his arm pretty bad," Mills said. "We talked about it with the Blue Jays before the game. When Johnny got hurt by it, that's what we had feared."

    Mills said he thought Damon would be OK.

    Arroyo (1-0), one of Boston's most reliable starters last season, allowed two runs and three hits in six innings, struck out four and walked one. Last year, he pitched eight shutout innings at Toronto on May 15.

    Keith Foulke, the fourth Red Sox pitcher, got his first save but nearly blew a chance for the second time. With Toronto down 6-3, singles by Corey Koskie, Shea Hillenbrand and Eric Hinske -- Foulke's first three batters -- produced a run.

    Gregg Zaun hit an RBI grounder that moved the potential tying run to second with one out, and Hinske advanced on Alex Rios' flyout to right.

    Frank Menechino walked and Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch, loading the bases, before Foulke retired Orlando Hudson on a game-ending grounder.

    "Bad pitches, bad location and they almost came all the way back," Foulke said.

    Hinske and Russ Adams hit solo homers for the Blue Jays, who have lost two straight after opening with a pair of wins.

    "I think we made a statement," Hinske said. "We were 90 feet away from tying it."

    Second-year Blue Jays starter David Bush (0-1) gave up three runs and four hits in five innings.

    Kevin Millar hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the first, and Varitek led off the second with a homer off the facing the fifth deck in right field.

    Zaun's RBI single cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom half, but Nixon homered leading off the third. Adam homered in the bottom half.

    Varitek's RBI grounder made it 4-2 in the sixth after rookie reliever Brandon League loaded the bases on two hits and a walk.

    League missed a chance for an inning-ending double play in the seventh by throwing a ball into center field for an error, allowing Damon to go to third and Nixon to reach. Manny Ramirez had an RBI single and David Ortiz added a run-scoring double.

    Hinske homered off Alan Embree in the bottom half.

    Game notes


    Guitarist Slash performed the national anthems to a rousing ovation. ... Varitek is off to a 5-for-11 (.455) start. Boston's captain hit his 99th career homer.

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