Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 3
TORONTO (AP) _ The Toronto Blue Jays became the first AL team to solve knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, scoring four runs in the first inning and defeating the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Wednesday night.
Wakefield, released by Pittsburgh before the season, then signed by Boston and called up from Pawtucket on May 27, took four consecutive victories and an 0.54 earned run average into the game. But with the help of an error by Red Sox second baseman Luis Alicea, the Blue Jays scored four times in the first.
A single by Devon White and a bouncer off the glove of Alicea put runners on first and third. Joe Carter singled for one run, John Olerud doubled for two more and Shawn Green doubled for the fourth run.
Wakefield (4-1) settled down, allowing just one more run in the next six innings, but the damage was already done.
Al Leiter (5-2) allowed three runs on eight hits in 7 2-3 innings for the Jays.
Leiter, a winner in his last four starts, has allowed just four runs in 32 2-3 innings. He helped shut out Cleveland 3-0 and 5-0 before giving up one run in his previous start, Toronto’s 4-3 win over Chicago on June 7.
Mo Vaughn led off the fourth with his 15th homer of the season, an opposite-field shot off Leiter. But Roberto’s Alomar’s sacrifice fly made it 5-1 in the seventh.
John Valentin scored on a passed ball and Mark Whiten had an RBI single in the eighth, chasing Leiter. Tony Castillo pitched the ninth for his first save.
Notes: Mike Macfarlane is hitless in 21 straight at-bats ... Troy O’Leary reached base safely in eight straight plate appearances before striking out in the fourth ... Valentin was caught stealing in the first, ending a streak of nine straight stolen bases by Toronto’s opponents ... Vaughn had three hits in 14 at-bats this series, two of them homers ... Vaughn’s homer in the fourth was the first given up by Leiter this season. He was the only Blue Jays starter who hadn’t given up one going into the game ... Alomar has played 88 straight error-free games, dating back to July 24, 1994. The AL record for consecutive error-free games by a second basemen is held by Jerry Adair of Baltimore, who did it for 89 games in 1964 and 1965. Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs has the major league record, playing 123 straight games without an error in 1989 and 1990 ... Paul Molitor went 0-for-3, ending his season-high 13-game hitting streak.