Series: Game 3 of 3

Toronto won 2-1

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

Red Sox 3

(2-4, 2-4 away)

Blue Jays 4

(4-2, 2-1 home)

    1:07 PM ET, April 10, 2005

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: M. Batista (1-0)

    L: M. Timlin (1-1)

    Renteria ties it in top of ninth but Blue Jays respond

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox can't wait for their home opener so they can get their World Series rings and put their slow start behind them.

    "Oh man, it will be rocking," said Kevin Millar, whose team will raise the World Series banner at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918. "Hopefully, it will get us going."

    Orlando Hudson doubled home the winning run in the ninth to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday, dropping Boston's record to 2-4.

    The Red Sox went 2-2 under interim manager Brad Mills. Terry Francona was hospitalized Wednesday after experiencing chest pains, and is expected to return for Monday's home opener, when the Red Sox will receive their rings in front of the rival New York Yankees.

    "We can't wait to get back home," Millar said.

    Eric Hinske went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Blue Jays, who took two of three from Boston -- their first series win against the Red Sox since sweeping them May 30-June 1, 2003.

    Reed Johnson hit an infield single off Mike Timlin (1-1) that second baseman Mark Bellhorn bobbled before Hudson doubled off the wall in left.

    "I feel bad," Timlin said. "I feel like I let everybody down."

    Timlin said they're not playing as a team.

    "It's better to have your bad times early," Timlin said. "We hit OK, we pitched OK, but not good enough to win games."

    Miguel Batista (1-1) got the win despite blowing a save chance in the top of the ninth.

    Boston's Edgar Renteria ended a 3-for-23 slump with a tying, two-run single off Batista. Renteria signed a four-year, $40 million deal last December.

    "It was a big knock for us. He's a stud. He's going to be fine," Millar said.

    Toronto starter Ted Lilly, who barely pitched in spring training because of shoulder tendinitis, was activated from the disabled list before the game and allowed just one run on six hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked one before leaving after 82 pitches.

    "He was better than I expected him to be," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He was almost in midseason forum. It was a great outing."

    New Boston starter Matt Clement allowed three runs on six hits and five walks in six innings. Clement, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent in the offseason, also got a no decision in his first start against the Yankees.

    "Things haven't matched up well yet," catcher Jason Varitek said. "We haven't pitched well, played good defense and hit well at the same time."

    Jay Payton's sacrifice fly in the second gave Boston a 1-0 lead, but Greg Myers' run-scoring double play tied it in the fourth. Clement hit Shea Hillenbrand with a pitch, allowed a single to Hinske and a walk to Alex Rios before Myers' grounder.

    Hudson and Vernon Wells hit consecutive singles off Clement in the fifth before Corey Koskie walked to load the bases. One batter later, Hinske hit a two-run single to right. Koskie was thrown out at the plate after Hinske was almost caught in a rundown between first and second.

    Game notes

    Damon returned to the lineup after missing Saturday's game because of a cut on his left arm. He went 2-for-5. ... The Blue Jays begin a nine-game road trip in Oakland on Monday night. ... To make room for Lilly, the Blue Jays optioned outfielder Gabe Gross to Triple-A Syracuse. Gross went hitless in six at-bats, but hit .385 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in spring training.

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