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Hudson scores team-record five runs

5/13/2004

TORONTO (AP) -- Orlando Hudson sure didn't look nervous in his
new role as the leadoff hitter for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hudson tied a franchise record with five runs scored, helping
Miguel Batista earn his first win with his new team as the Blue
Jays beat Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox 12-6 Thursday
night.

"My heart was pounding when I was told I was going to bat
leadoff against Schilling, a Hall of Famer," Hudson said. "He's
an outstanding pitcher. The baseball gods were on my side."

Hudson went 4-for-4 with a walk for the Blue Jays, who have won
six straight at SkyDome after starting the season 1-9 at home.

Reed Johnson, Howie Clark and Frank Catalanotto have all hit in
the leadoff spot this season but Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said
before the game that Hudson will be the man for a while. Hudson is
batting .632 (12-for-19) over his last five games.

"He's been having great at-bats for a couple of series now,"
Tosca said. "He's taking walks, driving in runs."

Catalanotto went 4-for-5 and tied a career high with four RBI.

Batista (1-3) won for the first time in eight starts, allowing
five runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two in
6 1-3 innings.

Schilling (4-3), Batista's former teammate in Arizona, pitched a
season-low five innings, allowing three runs and eight hits.
Manager Terry Francona and a trainer went to the mound in the fifth
to ask if Schilling was hurt. Schilling said he was OK and finished
the inning.

Schilling, who threw 104 pitches after pitching a complete game
in his last start, dropped to 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 12 career
appearances against the Blue Jays. He also lost at SkyDome on April
22.

Schilling said he wasn't bothered by right ankle that he's had
wrapped.

"I just didn't pitch well," he said. "I had a lot of
problems. I kept getting into jams."

David Ortiz homered for the Red Sox, who have lost four of five.

"We have to pitch more consistently and play better
defensively, if we don't, we'll have more problems," Schilling
said.

Toronto's first four batters of the game reached base as Hudson
and Catalanotto hit consecutive doubles and Vernon Wells and Carlos
Delgado walked. Schilling escaped further damage when Josh Phelps
hit into a double play and Eric Hinske popped out.

Schilling allowed Toronto's first three batters in the third to
reach as Hudson singled, Catalanotto doubled and Wells hit an RBI
single.

Johnny Damon's RBI single cut Toronto's lead to 2-1 in the
fifth, but Delgado hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half.

Ortiz homered in the sixth, but the Blue Jays countered with
five runs in the bottom half. Boston made two errors.

Howie Clark hit an RBI single off Lenny DiNardo, who threw
wildly to first for an error that allowed Kevin Cash to reach first
and Clark to advance to third. Hudson and Catalanotto followed with
consecutive run-scoring singles. Damon, the center fielder, later
dropped a fly ball for an error, allowing two runs to score.

The Red Sox scored four runs in the seventh to cut the lead to
8-6.

After Damon chased Batista with an RBI single, Mark Bellhorn and
Ortiz followed with RBI singles off Jason Kershner. Manny Ramirez
added a run-scoring single off Aquilino Lopez.

After Bellhorn, the third baseman, failed to catch a popup in
foul territory in the seventh, Catalanotto hit a two-run single,
giving Toronto a 10-6 lead.

"We didn't execute the plays to help us win," Boston manager
Terry Francona said.

Game notes
Delgado scored five runs for the Blue Jays on May 3, 1998,
at Seattle. Shannon Stewart also scored five runs June 25, 2002, at
Tampa Bay. ... Batista went 10-9 with a 3.54 ERA for Arizona last
season. ... Damon is hitting .426 (6-for-14) in his career against
Batista.