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Boston's 5-game win streak snapped

8/27/2003

BOSTON (AP) -- Vernon Wells kept the Toronto Blue Jays in it with
his glove and put them ahead for good with his bat.

Wells made a sensational catch in the seventh inning, then hit
an RBI double that keyed a five-run eighth inning as the Blue Jays
ended Boston's five-game winning streak, beating the Red Sox 12-9
Tuesday night.

"He's one of the best players in the league," Toronto manager
Carlos Tosca said. "And it's going to be that way for a long, long
time. The things he does offensively at his age are well above
average and that play he made in the field was tremendous."

Down 12-7, the Red Sox rallied for one run in the eighth and
loaded the bases with two outs. But Manny Ramirez struck out
against rookie Aquilino Lopez.

"When Manny came up with a chance to tie it, you always think
of the worst," Wells said. "Luckily, we were able to get out of
it."

Kevin Millar hit an inside-the-park homer in the ninth for
Boston. The Red Sox missed a chance to move up on New York, which
lost to Chicago 13-2 but held its five-game lead in the AL East.

"That was a tough way to lose," Red Sox manager Grady Little
said. "It's admirable that we kept coming back, but it's a shame
that it got away from us in the eighth inning."

The Red Sox trailed 7-1, but rallied to tie it as David McCarty
hit a three-run homer.

Toronto led 7-6 in the seventh when Wells ran down a long drive
by Ramirez to dead center field. Millar's RBI double tied it later
in the inning.

The Blue Jays stopped a three-game losing streak, pulling ahead
in the eighth. Wells doubled down the left-field line with one out
to score Mike Bordick for an 8-7 lead, and the Blue Jays added four
more runs in the inning on Josh Phelps' two-run single and a
two-run double from Eric Hinske.

Josh Towers (4-1) picked up the win in relief, giving up one run
and three hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Scott Sauerbeck (0-1) took the loss, allowing two hits and one
run while getting one out.

"I didn't do my job," Sauerbeck said. "The guys worked hard
to get back into the game and to give it right back is
unacceptable."

Frank Catalanotto hit his 10th homer in the third inning to give
the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead.

Toronto began the fourth with back-to-back doubles by Phelps and
Hinske to make it 4-1. Orlando Hudson and Catalanotto added RBI
doubles in the inning and Bordick had a run-scoring single.

Ramirez led off the fourth with a single and scored on a single
by Doug Mirabelli. McCarty followed with his first homer since July
2, 2002, when he was with Kansas City.

Boston cut the deficit to 7-6 on Bill Mueller's RBI single and
tied it at 7 when Todd Walker led off the seventh inning with a
double and scored on Millar's double.

Neither starting pitcher was able to make it out of the fourth
inning against the AL's two most potent offenses.

Boston's Tim Wakefield allowed seven runs -- five earned -- and
nine hits in 3 1-3 innings. It wasn't any better for Blue Jays
starter Mark Hendrickson, who was removed with one out in the
fourth after giving up six runs on eight hits.

Game notes
Millar scored standing up after his drive in the ninth
inning took an odd carom off the center-field wall. It was the
second inside-the-park homer of his career, and the first for a
Boston player at Fenway Park since Darren Lewis did it on July 28,
1998. ... Boston reliever Todd Jones left the game after facing one
batter in the fourth inning. He was hit by a one-hopper and is
day-to-day with a bruised right forearm. Toronto OF Bobby Kielty
wasn't in the lineup after straining his left hamstring on Monday
night.