Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2

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BOSTON (AP)—Tim Wakefield’s lack of sleep certainly hasn’t affected his knuckleball.

Wakefield, who became a first-time father eight days ago, pitched seven solid innings to help the Boston Red Sox complete a three-game sweep Sunday with a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The win was the seventh in nine games for Boston.

Wakefield (4-2) gave up two runs and seven hits—all singles—walked one and struck out four in winning his second consecutive start. It was the sixth time in eight starts this year that he’s allowed no more than two runs.

Not bad for a guy who came to the ballpark half asleep.

“Just a little sleep deprived right now,” said Wakefield, who nearly tripped over catcher Jason Varitek when he was walking through the clubhouse after the game. “You see my eyes? I’ve been trying to help out my wife as much as I can. That’s part of life.”

Wakefield’s wife, Stacy, gave birth on May 15 to a son they named Trevor Stephen.

Boston manager Terry Francona is impressed with how Wakefield has pitched since he became a father—despite the pitcher’s tired look.

“Maybe that’s good,” Francona said. “Fatherhood seems to agree.”

David Ortiz, who signed a two-year contract extension Friday, sparked the offense with three hits and three RBIs. Leadoff hitter Johnny Damon went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs.

Ortiz had two doubles, giving him 18 this season.

“I’ve just been hitting the ball hard. I kind of look like Johnny Damon in slow motion,” Ortiz said.

Unlike the first two games of the series, the Red Sox didn’t need any late-inning scoring. They jumped to a 6-0 lead after three on Sunday.

Toronto has lost five straight on the road and is 8-14 away from SkyDome.

“You respect a guy like Wakefield for staying in the league for as long as he has, and doing the things he’s done,” Toronto catcher Kevin Cash said.

Mike Timlin and Alan Embree finished the seven-hitter.

AL East-leading Boston (27-17) moved 10 games over .500 for the first time this season.

The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first when Damon walked and Mark Bellhorn reached on an error by second baseman Orlando Hudson. Ortiz followed with a ground-rule double to right. Brian Daubach walked to load the bases before Kevin Millar walked, forcing in the second run.

Boston tacked on four runs in the third. Damon and Bellhorn had RBI singles before Ortiz capped the inning with a two-run double.

Damon, Bellhorn and Ortiz—Boston’s first three hitters—each reached base three times in the first three innings, going 6-for-9 with two walks.

Toronto starter Miguel Batista (2-4) remained winless on the road this season. He gave up six runs, five earned, seven hits and six walks in three innings.

“Ortiz was the only guy that hit the ball decent,” Batista said. “Nobody hit the ball out of the stadium today and that’s a good thing.”

Batista has allowed nine first-inning walks in 10 starts this year.

Carlos Delgado’s two-run single in the fourth cut it to 6-2. Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch, Frank Menechino walked and Vernon Wells singled to load the bases before Delgado’s single.

Damon added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.


Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, a longtime Red Sox fan, attended the game. He was wearing a Red Sox jacket and was seated three rows behind the Blue Jays’ on-deck circle. … Boston 3B Bill Mueller, sidelined with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, will travel to Phoenix this week to get a second opinion from Dr. David Zeiman. … Hudson left after aggravating a left hamstring injury after his groundout in the third. … The Red Sox concluded a stretch of 10 games in a row against AL East opponents and went 7-3 in that span. They own the best winning percentage in division games. … Wells extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a fourth-inning single. … Johnson went 0-for-3, snapping his 14-game hitting streak. … Toronto’s Frank Catalanotto missed his fourth straight start with a strained groin. … Blue Jays LHP Ted Lilly is day-to-day after taking a line drive off his right shinSaturday.

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