Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 9/8)

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 9

(63-80, 29-42 away)

Red Sox 4

(79-62, 37-34 home)

    1:05 PM ET, September 8, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: E. Loaiza (8-8)

    L: F. Castillo (5-14)

    Red Sox defense breaks down in loss to Jays

    BOSTON (AP) -- Oakland won 20 in a row. Anaheim has won its last 10. And the Boston Red Sox keep falling further behind in the AL wild-card race.

    Carlos Delgado

    Vernon Wells

    ''I feel there's no need to panic,'' outfielder Cliff Floyd said Sunday after Toronto beat Boston 9-4 to drop the Red Sox 8 games behind the Angels in the wild-card race, and 9 behind the New York Yankees in the division.

    ''If they continue to win, you're not going anywhere anyway,'' Floyd said. ''But it makes it harder when you don't win the games you think you should win.''

    Esteban Loaiza (8-8) allowed three runs on nine hits in seven innings, striking out one and walking none to win for the fourth time in six starts. Vernon Wells homered, Carlos Delgado scored four runs and Chris Woodward went 3-for-4 with three RBI for Toronto, which was mathematically eliminated last week.

    Frank Castillo (5-14) retired the first nine batters before allowing three unearned runs on two Boston errors in the fourth.

    ''It's like a black cloud over my head,'' said Castillo, who allowed five earned runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings. ''Unfortunately, it's just been one of those years for me.''

    It's also been one of those years for the Red Sox, who started the year 40-17 but have since lost six more games than they've won. The magic number to eliminate the Red Sox is 12 in the division and 13 in the wild-card race with 21 games to play.

    Told that the Angels were winning again, Boston manager Grady Little said he believed his team still has the capability to run off a long streak and get back in the race.

    ''At this time of year, that is what a ballclub need to do,'' Little said. ''We have been unable to get any kind of streaks going, and that is the story.''

    Rey Sanchez doubled and scored in the third to give Boston a 1-0 lead.

    But Castillo gave up a leadoff single to Dave Berg in the fourth, then Eric Hinske reached when shortstop Nomar Garciaparra lost a popup in the sun. One out later, first baseman Brian Daubach threw away a fielder's choice, allowing Berg to score to tie it.

    Josh Phelps walked and Woodward hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 before Jayson Werth singled home another run.

    The Red Sox tied it in the bottom of the fourth when Cliff Floyd, Daubach and Trot Nixon all doubled. But Toronto scored two in the sixth on four consecutive singles and three in the seventh on Wells' homer and an RBI double by Woodward.

    Floyd homered in the eighth to cut Boston's deficit to 8-4. Daubach had three hits for Boston.

    Game notes

    Pedro Martinez will throw on the side again Monday and could start on Wednesday. ... Shea Hillenbrand hasn't homered in 23 games for Boston. .... Shannon Stewart, who left Saturday's game after being hit by a pitch on the left forearm, did not play for the Blue Jays. He said he would probably play on Monday. ... Floyd has five homers, all solo shots, and eight RBI. ... Red Sox batters have struck out eight batters in the first inning over the last three games. ... Woodward has 27 RBI over his last 37 games.

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