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Five homers flew out of Fenway Park on Thursday night as the Boston Red Sox held on for a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies two days after Mark McGwire and all the other All-Stars fell short of the fences.

There were three leadoff homers in the first two innings, by Philadelphia's Doug Glanville and Boston's Jose Offerman in the first and Boston's Jason Varitek in the second.

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  • Bobby Abreu's two-run homer in the sixth cut Boston's lead to 5-3 and drove Brian Rose (5-2) from the game. Brian Daubach, who had three RBIs, hit another leadoff homer, giving Boston a 6-3 lead in the seventh.

    The Phillies added a run in the eighth but left the bases loaded against Tim Wakefield, who got the last five outs for his 11th save in 12 chances.

    None of Thursday's longball hitters are proven major league sluggers. Abreu has 14 homers this season, Varitek and Daubach have 10 each, Glanville has seven and Offerman has four.

    The Green Monster, still adorned with the All Star Game '99 logo, became a target again and this time the batters reached it.

    On Tuesday night, baseball's biggest sluggers, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey Jr. and the rest of the All-Stars didn't hit one ball off or over the left-field wall in the AL's 4-1 victory over the NL.

    Glanville wasted little time attacking the 37-foot high obstacle as he hit the second pitch of the game over it. Varitek homered over the wall in the second, while Boston's Troy O'Leary and Trot Nixon hit doubles off it in the first two innings.

    Paul Byrd (11-6) lost the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Byrd, one of two NL All-Star pitchers who didn't play Tuesday, gave up Offerman's homer to right. John Valentin then reached second on a throwing error by third baseman Scott Rolen and scored on Daubach's single.

    Boston made it 4-1 in the second when Varitek homered and Nixon doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on another single by Daubach.

    Nixon singled in the fourth and moved up on Byrd's second wild pitch. Valentin doubled him home for a 5-1 lead.

    Rose retired 13 of 14 btters after Glanville's homer but struggled in the fifth when he stranded runners at first and third. He didn't get any outs in the sixth when Ron Gant walked and Abreu homered. The Phillies' final run came in the eighth on Abreu's triple and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra's throwing error.

    Notes:

  • Garciaparra, who missed Boston's previous nine games with a groin injury, had his hitting streak stopped at 17 games. He grounded into a double play and popped up three times to the infield. He flied out twice in the All-Star game as the AL's starting shortstop.
  • The last time both leadoff hitters homered in the first inning was May 1, 1998 when Arizona's Devon White and Montreal's F.P. Santangelo did it in Montreal, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Glanville, 1-for-10 in his career at Fenway, hit safely in his first two at-bats.
  • Offerman was 3-for-40 on Boston's 10-game road trip before the All-Star game.
  • Byrd also allowed two homers in his previous start, an 8-4 loss last Saturday to Baltimore.
  • The Red Sox are 4-9 in interleague play and 2-5 in their last seven games overall.

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