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Rich Gedman hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 and...

BOSTON -- Rich Gedman hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 and driving in seven runs Wednesday night, to pace Boston's 18-hit attack and carry the Red Sox to a 13-1 thrashing of the American League East-leading Toronto Blue Jays.

Despite the loss, the Blue Jays remained five games ahead of the New York Yankees, who lost 5-2 to Detroit.

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Al Nipper, 9-11, scattered six hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter in posting his fifth complete game of the season.

Wade Boggs also went 4-for-5 to raise his major league-leading average to .372 and his leading hit total to 219 -- the most in the majors since Willie Wilson's 230 for Kansas City in 1980.

Leading 4-0 in the fourth, the Red Sox erupted for five runs to knock out reliever Dennis Lamp. Glenn Hoffman started the uprising with a walk and Boggs followed with a one-out single. Bill Buckner singled to score Hoffman. Lamp intentionally walked Jim Rice to load the bases and was then replaced by John Cerutti.

Gedman's line to left eluded George Bell, who attempted a shoestring catch, and rolled to the wall for a three-run triple. Marty Barrett drove in Gedman with a two-out single to make it 9-0.

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Boston opened the scoring with three runs in the second off loser Jim Clancy, 7-5. Hoffman had a sacrifice fly, Evans belted an RBI double and Boggs hit an RBI single for the 3-0 lead.

Boston went ahead 4-0 when Gedman blasted his 18th homer, in the third.

Gedman's fifth RBI of the night, on an infield hit, scored Buckner for a 10-0 lead in the fifth.

The Blue Jays broke the shutout on Louis Thornton's RBI single in the seventh, but Rice's RBI double and Gedman's two-run double in the bottom of the inning accounted for the final margin.

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