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Red Sox send 10 to the plate in eighth

5/14/2004

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.