Gross' homer caps Jays victory

TORONTO (AP) -- Keith Foulke seemed to sum up Boston's night when
he plunked Eric Hinske.

Gabe Gross hit his first home run in nearly a year during a
five-run second inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Boston 9-3
Tuesday for their ninth win in 13 games against the Red Sox this

Hinske yelled at Foulke after the reliever hit him in the
seventh, one pitch after Shea Hillenbrand's RBI single gave the
Blue Jays an 8-3 lead. Foulke, who has struggled since he was
activated from the disabled list on Sept. 1, allowed two runs and
two hits in one inning.

"I'm sure he was very frustrated tonight. The ball didn't come
out of his hand like it did last night," said Boston manager Terry
Francona, who has been trying to get Foulke some work so he can
return to closing and bring stability to a struggling bullpen.

Hinske said Foulke apologized.

"He said on the mound he didn't try to hit me," said Hinske,
whose right nipple was taped and iced. "I just looked at him and
said, `Come on man.' It really hurt. He nearly took my nipple

Boston's AL East lead over the second-place New York Yankees was
cut to 2½ games with another disappointing loss to Toronto, which
is 72-72.

"They have outplayed us," Francona said. "The only thing we
can do is show up and try to outplay them. They've played very well
against us."

Matt Clement (13-5) gave up six runs and six hits in six
innings, dropping to 0-2 with a 8.60 ERA in three starts this year
against the Blue Jays.

"I had one inexcusable inning," Clement said. "It's not fun
being down 5-0."

David Ortiz of the Red Sox tied his career-high with his 41st
homer. It was his 37th as a designated hitter, matching the major
league record set by Seattle's Edgar Martinez in 2000

Blue Jays starter Scott Downs (3-3) yielded up three runs and
six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Toronto took a 5-0 lead in the second on Gregg Zaun's two-run
double, Aaron Hill's RBI single and Gross' two-run homer, his first
home run since Sept. 18 last year against Tampa Bay's Todd Ritchie.

"When we got up 5-0, I don't think anybody said, `OK we got
him," Gross said. "Everybody kept pressing to get more runs."

Boston's Gabe Kapler hit a run-scoring infield single in the
fifth, but Corey Koskie had an RBI single in the bottom half.
Ortiz's homer and Kevin Millar's sacrifice fly cut it to 6-3 in the

Vernon Wells and Hillenbrand boosted Toronto's lead with RBI
singles in the seventh, and Reed Johnson added an RBI single in the
eighth against Chad Harville.

"You always have teams you play well against, for us it's the
Red Sox," Zaun said. "It definitely says something about us."

Game notes
Boston CF Johnny Damon had an MRI exam of his left shoulder
and it showed no structural damage. Manager Terry Francona said
Damon will remain in Boston for treatment while the Red Sox finish
their Toronto trip. Boston returns home to play Oakland on
Thursday. "Even if he can't [play], the news is good. He's going
to be OK," Francona said. "We just have to let it settle down."
... Boston RF Kevin Millar extended his hitting streak to 12 games.