TORONTO (AP) -- With three scoreless innings of relief, Rolando Arrojo proved he deserves to start.
Arrojo, told before the game that he'll replace Darren Oliver in
the starting rotation this weekend, came out of the bullpen and
kept the Toronto Blue Jays in check to help the Boston Red Sox preserve
an 8-6 victory Monday night.
Arrojo is scheduled to start against the New York Yankees on
''Today was like preparation for the game on Saturday,'' Arrojo
said through a translator. ''I felt fine. I felt very strong.
Hopefully, I'll do a good job on Saturday.''
Boston manager Grady Little took Oliver out of the rotation
because he hasn't won since May 7 and he gave up three home runs in
four-plus innings of a 14-5 loss to the Yankees on Sunday night.
Nomar Garciaparra homered and drove in three runs, and Jason
Varitek also had three RBI for the Red Sox, who have the best
record in the majors at 33-15.
Raul Mondesi drove in a season-high four runs for the Blue Jays,
including a two-run homer in the ninth off Rich Garces that cut it
to 8-6. Ugueth Urbina came on to get two straight outs for his 16th
save in 17 chances.
Frank Castillo (3-5) finally got some run support after the Red
Sox scored a total of four runs in his previous four starts.
Castillo allowed four runs on five hits in five innings. He struck
out six and walked three.
''When you get some runs it allows you to relax a little bit,''
Castillo said. ''They definitely picked me up today.''
Toronto has dropped four straight and six of seven.
Garciaparra went 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored. His
seventh homer of the season, a two-run shot off newly acquired
Cliff Politte in the ninth, gave Boston an 8-4 lead.
''Toronto battled back, but our bullpen came through for us big
time,'' Garciaparra said.
Boston scored three unearned runs in the first after first
baseman Carlos Delgado's fielding error with two outs allowed Brian
Daubach to reach. Daubach's grounder ticked of the glove of
Delgado, who tried to back-hand it.
After Garciaparra doubled in the third, Hillenbrand reached on
an error by shortstop Felipe Lopez, who bobbled a slow grounder.
Varitek followed with a two-run double to make it 5-0.
''We can't make mistakes. They will kick you in the teeth,''
Toronto manager Buck Martinez said.
Rickey Henderson tripled in the fourth and scored on
Garciaparra's two-out single.
Halladay, who had won his previous four starts, allowed six runs
-- two earned -- on eight hits in six innings. He struck out seven
and walked two.
''Errors happen in baseball. It's my job to get us out of it. If
you can't do that you are going to lose a lot of games throughout
the course of a year,'' Halladay said.
Castillo didn't allow a baserunner until Shannon Stewart led off
the fourth with a double to right-center. He scored on Delgado's
Stewart hit an RBI single in the fifth, and Mondesi added a
two-run double off Castillo with the bases loaded, cutting Boston's
lead to 6-4.
Politte, traded by Philadelphia on Sunday, made his debut
with the Blue Jays. ... Boston's Bryant Nelson singled in the
eighth for his first major league hit. ... Actor Ben Affleck sat
behind home plate. ... Two fans wearing NHL Toronto Maple Leafs
jerseys ran onto the field in the sixth. Fans chanted 'Go Leafs Go'
as they were escorted off the field by security. The Maple Leafs
are playing the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference
finals. ... Attendance was 14,108. ... Boston 2B Rey Sanchez, who
left Sunday night's game with a strained right hamstring, didn't
play and is doubtful for Tuesday night's game.
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