Red Sox take over first place


BOSTON (AP) -- With his family in the stands, Manny Ramirez allowed himself to daydream about hitting a game-winning homer.

In the eighth inning, he did just that.

Ramirez's tiebreaking solo shot cleared the Green Monster and
everything near it, sparking a six-run outburst that gave the
Boston Red Sox an 11-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday

"I was thinking, 'I want to hit one out because my (family) is
here,' " he said.

Mike Timlin (3-1) threw two perfect innings in relief of Bronson Arroyo, who gave back the lead twice before the Boston batters came
up with an advantage that couldn't be squandered.

"No one gives up in this clubhouse," said shortstop Pokey
Reese, who had three RBI. "It's great to be a part of this."

Micheal Nakamura (0-3) inherited a 5-5 tie when he came in to
start the eighth and Ramirez greeted him with his 10th homer of the
season, a shot that cleared the Green Monster, the seats above it
and the fence behind them.

"You're trying to match guys up as best as you can," Blue Jays
manager Carlos Tosca said. "Manny can do that to anybody. I don't
care who it is. The one thing you hope when he comes up there is
that you keep him in the ballpark."

Varitek was hit by a pitch, and that was it for Nakamura.
Valerio De Los Santos got one out before Kevin Millar doubled to
put runners on second and third. Kerry Ligtenberg faced three
batters -- walk, single, passed ball, intentional walk -- before
Adams came in.

Varitek reached base four times and scored twice, and Millar
drove in a pair of runs for Boston.

Vernon Wells and Josh Phelps also homered for the Blue Jays, who
have lost eight of their last 10 road games.

Both starters struggled early. Arroyo gave up two runs in the
second when he walked Carlos Delgado and Chris Gomez singled two
outs later. Pond followed with a two-run double.

But Boston took the lead in the bottom half when the first five
batters reached. Millar and Reese had RBI singles, another run
scored on a double play and Mark Bellhorn doubled to make it 4-2.

Wells' homer made it 4-3 in the third, and Phelps' solo shot
tied it in the fourth.

The Red Sox took the lead again when Varitek doubled to lead off
the sixth, moved to third on Brian Daubach's single and scored on
Millar's sacrifice fly.

Pond tied it in the seventh, chasing Arroyo.

Game notes
Boston signed DH/1B David Ortiz to a two-year, $12.5
million contract extension. ... Toronto has scored four runs for
RHP Roy Halladay in his four losses, and 39 runs in his four wins.
He had decisions in eight of his nine starts before Friday. ...
Toronto has homered in each of its last 10 games. ... Blue Jays 3B
Eric Hinske doubled in the fourth to snap an 0-for-14 slump. ...
Each of the first three Blue Jays flied out to center. ... Boston
OF Damon shaved his beard for the first time in three months and
raised $15,000 for the Boston public library. He still hasn't
gotten a haircut. ... 3B Bill Mueller has been diagnosed with mild
patellar tendinitis in his right knee and is considered day to day.
... The Red Sox placed RHP Scott Williamson on the 15-day disabled
list with right elbow inflammation, and recalled RHP Anastacio
Martinez from Triple-A Pawtucket.