Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 6

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BOSTON (AP)—Chris Woodward didn’t call time and step out of the box as the crowd cheered and the roar of F-15 fighter jets approached to signify the start of the Boston Marathon.

Instead, he hit a two-run homer.

Woodward’s homer keyed a 17-hit effort as the Toronto Blue Jays recovered from blowing a five-run lead one day earlier, holding on for an 11-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

Greg Myers homered and drove in four runs as Toronto snapped Boston’s seven-game winning streak.

With the Blue Jays in the middle of a five-run third inning and leading 5-0, Woodward hit John Burkett’s pitch into the seats above the Green Monster as the sound of the jets echoed through Fenway Park.

“It was kind of neat. It was kind of cool,” Woodward said. “I couldn’t really hear the crack of the bat. I heard the crowd cheer. I heard them coming. I was going to call timeout, but he was in his stretch.”

The Blue Jays spoiled Boston’s annual Patriots Day game and averted a sweep of the four-game weekend series. Toronto snapped its four-game losing streak with just its second win in 12 games.

Vernon Wells and Dave Berg hit a solo homers for the Blue Jays. Eric Hinske went 4-for-5 with three doubles.

On Sunday, Toronto led 5-0 before Boston rallied for a 6-5 win, capped by Nomar Garciaparra’s leadoff homer in the bottom of ninth.

“We got the runs early (Sunday),” Myers said. “When you get out early, you don’t want to shut down—and we didn’t”

Manny Ramirez went 4-for-5 for the Red Sox.

Cory Lidle (3-2) gave up six runs—five earned—and eight hits in six innings to earn the win for Toronto.

Hinske had an RBI double and Myers hit a run-scoring single to push Toronto ahead 2-0 in the second.

Toronto chased Burkett (1-1) in the third, scoring five runs after opening the inning with two outs. Carlos Delgado walked with two outs and Josh Phelps was hit by a pitch. Hinske then doubled in the first run.

Myers followed with a two-run single to center and Woodward hit his homer.

“It just didn’t work out,” Burkett said.

The Red Sox, who had three last at-bat wins in the nine-game homestand, weren’t able to mount a comeback this time. Boston finished its first homestand of the season at 7-2.

“The homestand was outstanding,” manager Grady Little said. “Even with the big deficit the boys were battling. It was impressive.”

Boston cut it to 7-2 in the fourth on Shea Hillenbrand’s two-run single, but Toronto added a run in the fifth on Shannon Stewart’s RBI single against reliever Steve Woodard.

Bill Mueller’s fifth-inning RBI triple made it 8-3.

Wells homered leading off in the top of the sixth, but Woodward booted Trot Nixon’s sixth-inning grounder as the Red Sox scored two runs on the play in the bottom half. Jason Varitek added an RBI double in the inning, making it 9-6.

Berg homered in the eighth. Myers hit his in the ninth.

Burkett allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2 2-3 innings.


Garciaparra was given the day off. … Five of the first seven batters got hits off Burkett. … The Red Sox have played at home on Patriots Day every year since 1960 (except for off days in 1965 and `67 and the players strike in 1995). … Every Blue Jays starter had a hit except Delgado, who went 0-for-4. … The first pitch was at 11:06 a.m. … After the game, Toronto optioned OFReed Johnson to Triple-A Syracuse and recalled OF Jason Werth.

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