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Productive Month for Blue Jays

Toronto continues hot play and sets franchise record with 21st victory of May in 10-7 decision over Boston.

June 01, 2003|From Associated Press

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays completed their best month ever with yet another impressive victory.

Dave Berg homered and tied a career high with four runs batted in as the Blue Jays set a franchise record for victories in any month with a 10-7 win over the slumping Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Mike Bordick hit a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning for the Blue Jays, who went 21-8 in May. Toronto had twice won 20 games in a month.

"No other Blue Jay team has had 21 wins a month? Wow, that's special to be a part of," said Tom Wilson, who went three for four with three runs scored. "Everything is clicking right now."

Manny Ramirez and Kevin Millar homered for the Red Sox, who lost their season-high fourth in a row.

The Blue Jays went 10-18 in April but have played especially well against top AL East competition to close this month. They swept a four-game series in New York last weekend and have taken the first two games of this series against Boston.

"It certainly makes up for last month," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. "Hopefully, we can continue to play this well."

Toronto leads the majors in runs, hits and total bases. The Blue Jays have scored 112 runs in their last 16 games.

Casey Fossum (4-4) lost his third straight decision by giving up a career-high nine runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Tanyon Sturtze (5-4) got the last out of the sixth for the win. Cliff Politte pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances.

Ramirez homered off Mark Hendrickson in the second, his eighth. Berg's RBI double and Chris Woodward's sacrifice fly gave Toronto a 2-1 lead in the bottom half.

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