Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

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

Game 1: Tuesday, April 8
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 9
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Game 3: Thursday, April 10
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Red Sox 4

(5-3, 5-3 away)

Blue Jays 8

(4-3, 1-3 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 8, 2003

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: M. Hendrickson (1-1)

    L: D. Lowe (1-1)

    Delgado: HR, four RBI in Jays' victory

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays have rebounded nicely after starting the season with three losses to the New York Yankees.

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    Carlos Delgado homered and had four RBI as the Blue Jays won their fourth straight, 8-4 over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

    "We are playing a lot better,'' Delgado said. "We came up a little flat in that series against New York. We went to Minnesota and picked it up. We came out today, battled from behind and got a big win.''

    Delgado went 6-for-13 with six RBI in Toronto's three-game sweep over the Minnesota Twins last weekend. He was booed after he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against New York last Tuesday.

    He hit a two-run single off Boston's Derek Lowe (1-1) in the third inning and a two-run homer off Alan Embree in the seventh, giving Toronto a 7-4 lead.

    "Carlos has been swinging the bat good,'' Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. "We need him in the middle of our order. He's a key guy for us.''

    Boston's Manny Ramirez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 21 games with a double in the fourth. The Red Sox twice wasted two two-run leads against the Blue Jays, who were swept by New York.

    Toronto's Chris Woodward went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including a go-ahead single. Woodward tied it at 4 with an RBI triple in the fourth and gave Toronto the lead with an run-scoring single in the sixth.

    "The sweep in Minnesota was key,'' Woodward said. "We really didn't change our attitude at all when we did get swept by the Yankees. We just felt like they basically outplayed us. They hit every pitch. We felt like we could have played better, but we didn't play that bad.''

    Lowe allowed five runs, nine hits and four walks before leaving with one out in the sixth due to a blister on his right thumb. A 21-game winner last year, he has a 7.94 ERA after two starts. "Leaving spring training, every player wants to get off to a good start, so 10 runs in two starts is not what you want,'' Lowe said. "It's just been poor execution.''

    Lowe didn't blame the blister for his ineffectiveness. He said he'll make his next scheduled start.

    Toronto starter Mark Hendrickson (1-1) gave up four runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings against New York last Wednesday.

    "The best thing for us was to get away from Toronto and the first three games,'' Hendrickson said. "It was just too much pressure. We got to Minnesota and just relaxed and played the way we are capable of playing. It carried over tonight.''

    After Woodward's fielding error at shortstop allowed David Ortiz to reach in the third, Johnny Damon doubled and Todd Walker hit a two-run double for a 2-0 lead.

    Lowe got two outs in the bottom half before walking Shannon Stewart and Frank Catalanotto. Vernon Wells singled, loading the bases for Delgado, who tied the score.

    Ramirez doubled in the third and Kevin Millar hit his third home run of the season, giving Boston a 4-2 lead.

    Toronto's Greg Myers homered off Lowe in the bottom half, and Woodward's RBI triple retied it. Woodward then put Toronto ahead with an RBI single in the sixth.

    Game notes


    Toronto's Eric Hinske ended an 0-for-17 skid with a double in the second. ... Attendance was 13,477. ... The Red Sox went 13-6 against the Blue Jays last season, Boston's high for wins against Toronto. ... Blue Jays reliever Pete Walker loaded the bases in the eighth, but struck out Jason Varitek to end the inning.

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