Series: Game 3 of 4

Toronto leads 2-1 (as of 7/13)

Game 1: Thursday, July 11
Boston 10Final
Toronto 3
Game 2: Friday, July 12
Boston 0Final
Toronto 5
Game 3: Saturday, July 13
Boston 1Final
Toronto 4
Game 4: Sunday, July 14
Boston 5Final
Toronto 6

Red Sox 1

(53-35, 29-14 away)

Blue Jays 4

(36-53, 19-25 home)

    4:05 PM ET, July 13, 2002

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: C. Carpenter (2-1)

    L: F. Castillo (5-10)

    Carpenter, Hinske lead Blue Jays to victory

    TORONTO (AP) -- Chris Carpenter enjoyed beating his hometown team.

    Chris Carpenter

    Carpenter pitched seven scoreless innings, and Eric Hinske went 4-for-4 to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Saturday.

    A New Hampshire native, Carpenter (2-1) improved to 2-5 career against Boston.

    "It's fun to spoil their hearts a little bit,'' Carpenter said. "Everybody at home that roots for me just hopes I go out and have a good game and maybe it's 0-0 when I'm done, and they end up winning.''

    Rey Sanchez drove in Boston's only run with a pinch-hit single in the ninth as the Red Sox avoided being shut out in consecutive games. Roy Halladay and Kelvim Escobar combined on a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory Friday night.

    This time, Cliff Politte and Escobar finished the seven-hitter. Escobar struck out pinch-hitter Jason Varitek and Jose Offerman with runners at first and third to end it.

    "Hopefully, we can continue to be the spoiler for the rest of the year,'' Carpenter said.

    Boston's Trot Nixon said the Red Sox just ran into a couple of good pitchers the last two days. He doesn't think they need to trade for offense.

    "I think we are fine just the way we are. Obviously, we didn't swing the bats the way we wanted to, but that's not to say things won't open up on Sunday.''

    Carlos Delgado, Josh Phelps and Hinske hit RBI doubles for the Blue Jays, who have won two in a row against Boston after losing 11 consecutive games to the Red Sox this season.

    "They've beaten us up pretty good, but we got these last two games. Hopefully, we can get them Sunday,'' Toronto's Darrin Fletcher said. "I guess at this point the Blue Jays are playing a spoiler role for the rest of the season.''

    Carpenter, making his seventh start of the year, allowed just four hits. The 27-year-old right-hander spent two stints on the disabled list this season with tendinitis in his shoulder.

    He struck out six and walked three in his first start at SkyDome this year.

    "Since he's come back he's gotten a little better each time,'' Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. "He's right on track. He had a devastating curveball.''

    Hinske, a rookie, had a career-high four hits and an RBI double.

    Shannon Stewart and Hinske hit consecutive doubles off Frank Castillo (5-10) in the third, giving Toronto a 1-0 lead. Jose Cruz Jr. followed with a single to right, scoring Hinske.

    As right fielder Brian Daubach threw home, Cruz attempted to advance to second, but catcher Doug Mirabelli threw out Cruz, who aggravated his left hamstring and had to leave the game.

    Second baseman Dave Berg, who played in the outfield just one other time this season, replaced Cruz in right. The Blue Jays don't have a fourth outfielder.

    After Hinske singled and stole second in the eighth, Delgado hit an RBI double off reliever Alan Embree to make it 3-0. Phelps added another RBI double, scoring Delgado.

    "Those extra runs are huge late in the game,'' Tosca said.

    Castillo, who hasn't won in five starts since June 12, allowed three runs on 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings.

    Game notes

    The Blue Jays and Red Sox paid tribute to the Negro Leagues. Toronto wore the uniform of the Chatham All-Stars, a Canadian barnstorming team, while the Red Sox wore the uniform of the Boston Royal Giants. ... Attendance was 28,112, the largest crowd since Opening Day. Many Red Sox fans made the trip from Boston. ... All-Star OF Johnny Damon did not start for Boston. Red Sox manager Grady Little said he would also give All-Star SS Nomar Garciaparra a day off on Sunday. ... Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells made a nice over-the-shoulder catch at the wall in the seventh. ... Boston has not been blanked in consecutive games since Aug. 30-31, 1996, at Oakland.

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