Series: Game 1 of 4

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 9/5)

Game 1: Thursday, September 5
Toronto 5Final
Boston 4
Game 2: Friday, September 6
Toronto 2Final
Boston 7
Game 3: Saturday, September 7
Toronto 1Final
Boston 4
Game 4: Sunday, September 8
Toronto 9Final
Boston 4

Blue Jays 5

(62-78, 28-40 away)

Red Sox 4

(77-61, 35-33 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 5, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    BOS 200000002 4 - -

    W: J. Miller (7-4)

    L: D. Hermanson (1-1)

    S: K. Escobar (29)

    Phelps homers twice to keep Boston at bay

    BOSTON (AP) -- Josh Phelps has picked up where he left off in August.

    Josh Phelps
    Designated Httr
    Toronto Blue Jays
    57 12 47 32 0 .298

    Phelps, the top rookie in the AL last month, hit two solo home runs and an RBI double as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night.

    "He is a kid that has a lot of talent and he has a real good idea of what he wants to do at the plate,'' Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said.

    Phelps was called up from Triple-A Syracuse when Raul Mondesi was traded to the Yankees in July. He has responded with 33 RBIs in his last 24 games.

    "I haven't put any pressure on myself to take anyone's spot on the roster,'' he said. "I'm just trying to go out there and have a good approach and try to do the little things the right way.''

    Boston lost for the seventh time in 11 games and fell 7 1/2 games behind AL wild-card leader Anaheim. The Red Sox trail the Yankees by 9 1/2 games in the AL East.

    "We keep losing ground and we keep losing time it's not a good situation to be in,'' Boston's Johnny Damon said.

    Phelps hit solo homers off John Burkett in the fourth and sixth innings for his second multihomer game in his rookie year. Phelps added a tiebreaking double in the seventh off Dustin Hermanson (1-1).

    Vernon Wells singled with two outs in the inning and moved to second on Carlos Delgado's walk. Phelps' double broke the tie and gave him 47 RBIs on the season.

    "I don't want to stop and think about the month I just had or what's going on in this month that's what the end of the year's for,'' Phelps said. "I hope I can look back and say, 'Wow I really did something in half a year.' ''

    The Blue Jays added two runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles by Jayson Werth and Wells.

    Justin Miller (7-4) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings to get the win. After allowing a two-run double to Manny Ramirez in the first inning, Miller retired 11 consecutive hitters before walking Jason Varitek to lead off the fifth inning.

    "I'll take seven innings with only two runs given up especially against the Boston Red Sox,'' Tosca said.

    Kelvim Escobar pitched the ninth for his 29th save.

    The Red Sox scored two runs in the ninth on a passed ball by Ken Huckaby and an RBI double by Carlos Baerga. Escobar recovered to retire Damon on a flyout to center with the tying run on second base.

    "We've got to go to work and win just about every game we play. The way the boys are going about it, we're real close to doing that. We're just not finishing it off,'' Red Sox manager Grady Little said.

    Damon led off the first inning for the Red Sox with a walk, Shea Hillenbrand followed with a double. One out later, Ramirez drove in both runners with a double giving Boston a 2-0 lead.

    Phelps hit his 11th homer of the year in the fourth inning and tied the game with his 12th homer in the sixth. Phelps' other multihomer game came exactly a week ago against the New York Yankees.

    Game notes

    Pedro Martinez will throw on the side Saturday and the Red Sox will make a decision on his availability after that according to Little. ... Ramirez has hit safely in 22 of his last 25 games. ... Hillenbrand has hit safely in 29 of his last 37 games including 11 doubles. ... Wells has 28 RBIs in his last 27 road games.

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