Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 8
TORONTO (AP)—After sweeping the Yankees and Red Sox on consecutive weekends, the Toronto Blue Jays think they can beat anyone.
Roy Halladay won his seventh straight start and the Blue Jays rallied from a six-run deficit to complete a three-game sweep of Boston with an 11-8 victory Sunday.
Frank Catalanotto went 3-for-4 and matched a career high with four runs for the Blue Jays, who also swept a four-game series in New York last weekend and have won nine of 11 overall.
“We swept two of the best teams in the league. Why shouldn’t we be considered one of the best,” Catalanotto said. “It’s not like we took two out of three against them. We took four games in New York and then we took three from Boston.”
The Blue Jays are six games over .500 (32-26) for the first time since May 8, 2001. They pulled within a half-game of Boston for second place in the AL East.
“This shows that we can play with anybody,” Carlos Delgado said. “We battled today and came up with a big win.”
Toronto had 19 hits and leads the majors in runs, hits and total bases.
“The Blue Jays are swinging the best bats I’ve seen in the nine years that I’ve been in the big leagues,” Boston’s Johnny Damon said.
The Red Sox, outscored 34-17 in the series, have lost five straight for the first time since a nine-game skid Aug. 25 to Sept. 2, 2001.
“They are very hot,” said Boston starter Tim Wakefield, who allowed six runs on 10 hits in four innings. “They didn’t win 21 games in the month of May for no reason. You have to tip your hat.”
Boston tied a club record with five doubles in third inning, their most in an inning since June 21, 1994, at Toronto.
Byung-Hyun Kim made his first appearance for Boston in the seventh inning. Kim, acquired Thursday from Arizona in a trade for Shea Hillenbrand, allowed two runs on three hits. Kim will make his first start Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Halladay (7-2) won despite allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. The 26-year-old right-hander, who hasn’t lost April 15—a span of 10 starts— joined Roger Clemens and Doyle Alexander as the only Blue Jays pitchers to win seven consecutive starts. He struck out five and walked two.
“No matter how many runs you give up you always feel like there is hope with this club,” Halladay said.
Boston’s David Ortiz hit a two-run double in the first and the Red Sox scored four in the third. Bill Mueller led off with a double and scored on Todd Walker’s RBI double. Ramirez, Ortiz and Trot Nixon later followed with three straight RBI doubles, giving Boston a 6-0 lead.
Josh Phelps’ two-run single in the bottom half cut it to 6-2, and Toronto tied it in the fourth with four runs off starter Tim Wakefield.
“There wasn’t one time where anyone on our team really felt like we weren’t going to come back,” Catalanotto said. “It was just a matter of time.”
Nixon hit an RBI double off Pete Walker in the seventh, but the Blue Jays scored twice in the bottom half on right fielder Nixon’s fielding error and Delgado’s RBI double.
“We are just wearing people down,” Delgado said. “When you’re swingingthe bats the way we are swinging it, you are going to go home laughing.”
The Red Sox added Kim to the roster Sunday and designated left-hander Bruce Chen for assignment. Chen already has been cut by Houston and Cincinnati this year. The Red Sox have 10 days to trade, waive or release him. … Attendance was 26,890. … The Blue Jays are .500 at home (14-14). … Both teams had eight doubles, matching the AL high this season. The Yankees also hiteight doubles April 2 at Toronto.