Red Sox 3

(6-4, 1-2 away)

Blue Jays 7

(6-2, 3-1 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 11, 2005

    Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin, Florida 

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    Toronto 7, Boston 3

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- When Gabe Gross gets a hit lately, it's usually a home run.

    Gross homered for the fifth time this spring, and John McDonald and John-Ford Griffin added solo homers Friday in the Toronto Blue Jays' 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox.

    Gross, who will probably start the season at Triple-A Syracuse, is 6-for-13.

    "Sometimes your Triple-A players, they are good players, they are maybe just not ready for one reason or another for the big leagues," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "It doesn't mean they can't hit. He's a good hitter, he has a nice swing on the ball."

    Boston starter Anastasio Martinez allowed three runs and five hits in two innings, giving up a two-run homer to Gross.

    Toronto's Roy Halladay, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, allowed three runs, six hits and three walks in 2 2-3 innings. He gave up Jeff Bailey's second homer of the spring.

    "He was just overpowering the ball," Toronto pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said. "His arm is so strong ... his pitches are pretty straight right now."

    Justin Speier relieved Halladay with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third and struck out Dave Berg to end the inning. On Thursday, manager John Gibbons said Miguel Batista will take over as closer from Speier, who struck out three in 1 1-3 innings.

    "I was looking forward to being the closer," Speier said, "but I believe that Gibby knows what is good for the team. It has nothing to do with what I want, I am a team player and the team comes first."

    Batista knows what is expected of him.

    "I guess there are looking for someone, like the guy who buries people, a gravedigger like the guy in L.A.," Batista said, referring to Eric Gagne.

    Winner Scott Schoeneweis pitched one scoreless inning. Loser Jeremi Gonzalez gave up consecutive homers to McDonald and Griffin leading off the seventh.

    Game notes

    Red Sox LHP David Wells is to make his first start of the spring on Saturday against the Devil Rays in Fort Myers. "I don't know how long he will go," Francona said. "It depends on how many pitches he throws."

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