Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/14)

Game 1: Thursday, May 13
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Toronto12
Game 2: Friday, May 14
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in 10
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Game 3: Saturday, May 15
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Toronto0
Game 4: Sunday, May 16
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Red Sox 9

(21-15, 10-9 away)

Blue Jays 3

(15-21, 7-10 home)

7:05 PM ET, May 14, 2004

Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

R H E
BOS - -
TOR - -

W: A. Embree (2-0)

L: K. Ligtenberg (1-1)

Red Sox send 10 to the plate in eighth

TORONTO (AP) -- A big inning might have snapped the Boston Red Sox out of their latest slump.

Brian Daubach hit a tiebreaking double in a six-run eighth, and Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-3 on Friday night.

Boston, which had lost four of its previous five games, sent 10 batters to the plate in the eighth.

"Hopefully, this carries over," Daubach said. "We've been on this crazy streak where we win a few in a row and lose a few in a row. Hopefully, we can win a few in a row now."

Before losing four of five, Boston won four straight following a five-game skid.

"We were kind of down, but Brian got the big hit," Boston"s Johnny Damon said. "It might have been his biggest hit of the season."

Kerry Ligtenberg (1-1) didn't get an out in the inning, allowing five straight batters to reach.

After Daubach's RBI double into the left-field corner, Kevin Millar's run-scoring single made it 5-3. Ligtenberg followed with a run-scoring wild pitch, and Cesar Crespo hit an RBI double. David Ortiz added a two-run double off Valerio De Los Santos.

"We did need that," Boston manager Terry Francona said of the inning.

Ligtenberg didn't think he pitched badly despite allowing five runs.

"It looks ugly because I gave up a lot of runs and a lot of hits, but I can go to bed and feel all right knowing I made good pitches," he said.

Alan Embree (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings in relief of Derek Lowe, who started with five scoreless innings before struggling in the sixth, when Carlos Delgado hit a sacrifice fly, Eric Hinske hit an RBI grounder and third baseman Mark Bellhorn made a run-scoring throwing error.

Boston has 34 errors, one behind Detroit, the major league leader.

Lowe, who lost his previous two starts, allowed three runs -- two earned -- four hits, and four walks in 5 2-3 innings.

"The walks kill me, but we won the game and, hopefully, this will get us going in the right direction," Lowe said.

Embree, Scott Williamson and Keith Foulke combined for hitless relief for the Red Sox, whose skid dropped them to second place in the AL East, one-half game behind the Yankees.

Justin Miller's run-scoring wild pitch and Daubach's RBI single gave Boston a 2-0 lead in the first. Bellhorn hit a sacrifice fly in the second.

Game notes


Boston 3B Bill Mueller missed the game because of a sore right knee. ... Boston ended Toronto's six-game home winning streak. ... The Red Sox have committed 15 errors in their last 11 games. ... Toronto pitchers walked six.

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