Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 4/18)

Game 1: Friday, April 18
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Game 2: Saturday, April 19
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Game 3: Sunday, April 20
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Game 4: Monday, April 21
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Blue Jays 3

(6-11, 4-4 away)

Red Sox 7

(11-5, 5-1 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 18, 2003

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: T. Wakefield (2-0)

    L: J. Tam (0-1)

    Boston takes advantage of Tam's wild side

    BOSTON (AP) -- Kevin Millar homered and the Boston Red Sox capitalized on four walks by Jeff Tam to score three runs in the seventh inning of a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

    Tam's wildness was much worse than that of Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (2-0), who walked three and threw two wild pitches in seven innings.

    Doug Mirabelli homered and drove in two runs and Shea Hillenbrand also had two RBIs for Boston, which won its fifth straight game.

    Carlos Delgado drove in two runs for Toronto with a single and a double.

    Blue Jays starter Mark Hendrickson left with a 3-2 lead after six innings. Then Tam (0-1) allowed a leadoff single to Mirabelli, who moved to second on Damian Jackson's sacrifice bunt.

    That's when Tam struggled to find the plate on his way to a 32-pitch outing in which he threw 22 balls. Tam has walked 10 batters in 8 1-3 innings this season.

    Todd Walker and Nomar Garciaparra walked, loading the bases. Tam then threw a wild pitch to Manny Ramirez, scoring Mirabelli with the tying run. Ramirez was walked intentionally, reloading the bases.

    Then Millar walked, giving Boston a 4-3 lead. Tam fell behind Hillenbrand 3-0 before throwing two strikes before getting Hillenbrand to ground into a forceout at second that drove in Garciaparra.

    Trevor Miller replaced Tam and struck out Bill Mueller for the third out. As he sat in the dugout, a frustrated Tam put the front collar of his shirt in his mouth and tore it with his teeth.

    The Blue Jays dropped to 1-8 in their last nine games despite a decent performance by Hendrickson, who allowed seven hits and three walks and struck out two.

    Toronto scored in the first on three singles off Wakefield and two passed balls by Mirabelli.

    Frank Catalanotto got the first of his three singles and moved to second on a passed ball. Vernon Wells struck out for the second out before Delgado singled to drive in a run and took second on right fielder Trot Nixon's throw to the plate.

    Delgado reached third on another passed ball and scored on Josh Phelps' single.

    Wakefield's knuckler got him in trouble again in the third when Toronto went ahead 3-0. Leadoff hitter Shannon Stewart was hit by a pitch, took second on Catalanotto's single and scored on Delgado's double.

    Boston made it 3-1 in the fourth on an RBI single by Hillenbrand. Millar's fifth home made it 3-2 in the sixth and Mirabelli's two-run shot made it 7-3 in the eighth.

    Game notes
    Millar extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The last Red Sox player to start a season with a 14-game streak was Lee Tinsley in 1995. Tony Pena started the 1990 season with a 15-game streak for Boston. ... Stewart has scored in 13 of Toronto's 17 games. ... Mirabelli was 0-for-15 this season before going 5-for-8 the past two games.

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