Tired at the start, the Boston Red Sox were feeling fine at the finish.
Nomar Garciaparra hit a tiebreaking home run off Randy Myers in the ninth inning to propel the travel-weary Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 Monday night.
The Red Sox didn't get much rest Sunday night because bad weather in New York delayed their flight by more than 12 hours.
After a win at Yankee Stadium, Boston's team bus got to LaGuardia Airport just after 6 p.m. EDT. But the plane could not take off, forcing the players to either sleep on board or in the terminal, and the flight did not arrive in Toronto until 8:30 a.m.
"The fatigue was there, but we were all in the same boat," Garciaparra said. "We weren't going to make any excuses. We could have easily have shut it down today and said whatever, but we battled."
Carlos Delgado hit two homers and drove in four runs for Toronto. The Red Sox won their third in a row.
With the score tied at 5, Reggie Jefferson led off the ninth with a double against Myers (2-1). Garciaparra followed with his sixth home run for a 7-5 lead.
"It was rough spending the night at the airport but I just blocked it out," Jefferson said.
After two singles and an intentional walk, Myers walked Scott Hatteberg to force home a run. Midre Cummings added an RBI groundout.
"I just had a bad game," Myers said. "But you've got to tip your hat to them. They're professional hitters that get paid to hit."
Jim Corsi (2-0) allowed one run and three hits in two innings.
Mo Vaughn put the Red Sox up 1-0 in the first with a single that scored Jefferson, who doubled.
Delgado hit a three-run homer that capped Toronto's four-run third against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Shawn Green hit an RBI single, Jose Canseco walked and Delgado connected.
"That was a big game for me but it was a horrible game for the team," Delgado said. "We can have no excuses if we want to play with the big boys and contend."
After Blue Jays starter Juan Guzman gave up a fifth-inning single to Darren Bragg and a walk to Darren Lewis, Jefferson cut the lead to 4-3 with a two-run double. Jefferson is 12-for-25 lifetime against Guzman.
Hatteberg tied the game for the Red Sox in the sixth with an RBI double.
The Red Sox took a 5-4 lead in the eighth on an RBI grounder by Jim Leyritz. Delgado tied it in the bottom half with a homer off Corsi.
Notes: Garciaparra extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his home run. ... Jefferson had two doubles off Guzman and is hitting .414 lifetime against the right-hander. ... Wakefield was working on three days' rest. ... Toronto swept a pair of games at Fenway last week. ... Toronto catcher Darrin Fletcher has been placed on the 15-day disablelist because of a strained left hamstring. Mark Dalesandro has been promoted from Triple-A Syracuse. ... Ed Sprague, Alex Gonzalez and Green have followed teammates Roger Clemens, Jose Cruz Jr. and Delgado in dying their hair. ... In the first inning, Canseco stole second but was caught trying to steal third. In the third, Canseco stole second on a double steal with Green. Canseco has 16 stolen bases and has been caught four times.
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