Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 6

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TORONTO (AP)—Orlando Hudson sure didn’t look nervous in his new role as the leadoff hitter for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hudson tied a franchise record with five runs scored, helping Miguel Batista earn his first win with his new team as the Blue Jays beat Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox 12-6 Thursday night.

“My heart was pounding when I was told I was going to bat leadoff against Schilling, a Hall of Famer,” Hudson said. “He’s an outstanding pitcher. The baseball gods were on my side.”

Hudson went 4-for-4 with a walk for the Blue Jays, who have won six straight at SkyDome after starting the season 1-9 at home.

Reed Johnson, Howie Clark and Frank Catalanotto have all hit in the leadoff spot this season but Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said before the game that Hudson will be the man for a while. Hudson is batting .632 (12-for-19) over his last five games.

“He’s been having great at-bats for a couple of series now,” Tosca said. “He’s taking walks, driving in runs.”

Catalanotto went 4-for-5 and tied a career high with four RBIs.

Batista (1-3) won for the first time in eight starts, allowing five runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two in 6 1-3 innings.

Schilling (4-3), Batista’s former teammate in Arizona, pitched a season-low five innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. Manager Terry Francona and a trainer went to the mound in the fifth to ask if Schilling was hurt. Schilling said he was OK and finished the inning.

Schilling, who threw 104 pitches after pitching a complete game in his last start, dropped to 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 12 career appearances against the Blue Jays. He also lost at SkyDome on April 22.

Schilling said he wasn’t bothered by right ankle that he’s had wrapped.

“I just didn’t pitch well,” he said. “I had a lot of problems. I kept getting into jams.”

David Ortiz homered for the Red Sox, who have lost four of five.

“We have to pitch more consistently and play better defensively, if we don’t, we’ll have more problems,” Schilling said.

Toronto’s first four batters of the game reached base as Hudson and Catalanotto hit consecutive doubles and Vernon Wells and Carlos Delgado walked. Schilling escaped further damage when Josh Phelps hit into a double play and Eric Hinske popped out.

Schilling allowed Toronto’s first three batters in the third to reach as Hudson singled, Catalanotto doubled and Wells hit an RBI single.

Johnny Damon’s RBI single cut Toronto’s lead to 2-1 in the fifth, but Delgado hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half.

Ortiz homered in the sixth, but the Blue Jays countered with five runs in the bottom half. Boston made two errors.

Howie Clark hit an RBI single off Lenny DiNardo, who threw wildly to first for an error that allowed Kevin Cash to reach first and Clark to advance to third. Hudson and Catalanotto followed with consecutive run-scoring singles. Damon, the center fielder, later dropped a fly ball for an error, allowing two runs to score.

The Red Sox scored four runs in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-6.

After Damon chased Batista with an RBI single, Mark Bellhorn and Ortiz followed with RBI singles off Jason Kershner. Manny Ramirez added a run-scoring single off Aquilino Lopez.

After Bellhorn, the third baseman, failed to catch a popup in foul territory in the seventh, Catalanotto hit a two-run single, giving Toronto a 10-6 lead.

“We didn’t execute the plays to help us win,” Boston manager TerryFrancona said.


Delgado scored five runs for the Blue Jays on May 3, 1998, at Seattle. Shannon Stewart also scored five runs June 25, 2002, at Tampa Bay. … Batista went 10-9 with a 3.54 ERA for Arizona last season. … Damon is hitting .426(6-for-14) in his career against Batista.

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