Red Sox have lost seven of 10

TORONTO (AP) -- The slumping Boston Red Sox are looking up at the
New York Yankees now.

Eric Hinske homered as part of a six-run first inning, and the
Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox with
an 8-1 victory Thursday night.

The Red Sox have lost seven of 10 and dropped one-half game
behind the Yankees, who beat Detroit on Thursday, in the AL East
standings. Boston, which opens a three-game set Friday at Yankee
Stadium, trails New York in the division for the first time since
April 13.

"It's definitely not good," Johnny Damon said. "We just can't
push the panic button."

Damon called the World Series champions "a really bad team"
after their previous loss and said Thursday's game against Toronto
was a must win.

The Red Sox are in fourth place. They also trail Toronto by a
half game.

"I don't fault effort. We just got beat," Boston manager Terry
Francona said. "They were better than us in all the areas."

Russ Adams had a career-high four RBI for the Blue Jays, who
swept the Red Sox in a three-game series for the first time since
May 30-June 1, 2003. Toronto is 6-2 versus Boston this season.

"To win three in that series is big for us," Adams said.

The Blue Jays sent 10 batters to the plate in the first against
Boston starter Wade Miller (1-1). Reed Johnson led off with a
triple before Orlando Hudson hit a sacrifice fly. Hinske later hit
a towering two-run homer to right.

Miller then loaded the bases. Vernon Wells walked, Gregg Zaun
singled and Aaron Hill walked before Adams hit a three-run double
to left-center, giving Toronto a 6-0 lead.

Shea Hillenbrand added an RBI single in the second.

"It's kind of hard to get the offense going when you give up
six runs in the first," Miller said.

Miller, making his fourth start of the season, allowed seven
runs on six hits in just two innings. He missed the last three
months of the 2004 season with Houston because of a frayed rotator
cuff and didn't make his first start for Boston until May 8.

"My arm is not dead right now. My arm feels good," Miller
said. "I haven't had my best fastball and I haven't been able to
get outs. It's got nothing to do with that, it's just a matter of
spotting balls better."

Staked a 7-0 lead after two innings, Gustavo Chacin (5-3)
allowed one unearned run on seven hits in six innings. He struck
out two and walked two for his first win since April 27.

Pete Walker pitched three innings for his second save.

"Everybody is happy we swept the Red Sox," Toronto's Eric
Hinske said. "It's fun to come to the field when you are

Game notes
After the game, the Red Sox purchased the contract of John
Olerud, who signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on May 1,
from Triple-A Pawtucket. Olerud will be at Friday's game against
New York. The Red Sox also designated Shawn Wooten for assignment,
optioned Jeremi Gonzalez to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled catcher
Kelly Shoppach from Pawtucket. ... Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay is
scheduled to start on Sunday after being pushed back a few days
because of a strained left side muscle. ... Blue Jays 3B Corey
Koskie said Thursday he'll miss up to two months after having
surgery to repair a broken right thumb and ligament damage
sustained in a game last week. ... Chacin has allowed two or fewer
earned runs in seven of his 10 starts.