coming in to pinch-hit, Tampa Bay manager
replaced Alan Levine (0-1) with
, who issued a walk to load the bases. Piniella brought in
to face Hillenbrand, who drove in the game-winning run with a single up the middle.
"In that situation, I know what they are trying to do and I faced them before in the same situation," said Hillenbrand, who tied Toronto's
for the league lead in RBI with 18. "I know pretty much what's going on and what I want to do. I was able to get a pitch a little bit more over the plate than the first pitch (a ball) and I was able to have a little bit of success."
Piniella saw the inning going wrong right from the start.
"It's never good to walk the leadoff man, especially with Garciaparra and Ramirez behind him," he said. "On the last pitch, we got the ground ball we wanted, he just found a seam up the middle. We're asking for a lot if we want to get out of that inning on a double play."
Hillenbrand went 4-for-5 with two RBI and
drove in two runs for the
, who have won three of their last four games.
"He faced four hitters and did not get any of them out - it is the main thing,"
manager Grady Little said of Mendoza. "But this kid is going to do the job for us. He is getting off to an awfully slow start right now. He is totally healthy. Right now, he is just making some pitches that are not as good a quality as he is used to making and those pitches will come."
Timlin (2-0) allowed a one-out, two-run single to
but retired the next five batters he to earn the win.
"I just put the emphasis on the final three outs we got there in the ninth," Little said. "All those outs are important that we get and it is just that we are at a point right now where the team has to pick up each other. I am sure that there will come times where it will be the other way around and the pitching staff picks up the offense."
Baldelli stretched his hitting streak to 12 games in the first and
had a solo homer in the second but Tampa Bay lost for the third time in its past four games.
"We battle, we really do," Piniella said. "We played a good ballgame tonight. We just got beat. One thing we need to improve on is our two-out runs. We give up two-out runs too often. We've got to close out these innings a little better. I don't know if that's from inexperience or what? But when you get there - just finish them off."
Ramirez snapped an 0-for-12 slump with an RBI single in the first, but Shumpert's second home run of the season tied it in the second.
went ahead in the third on
's fourth home run and Giambi had an RBI double in the fourth for a two-run lead. Run-scoring singles by Hillenbrand and Giambi pushed Boston's advantage to 5-1 in the fifth.
had his best outing of the season. Pitching past the fifth inning for the first time this year, Fossum allowed one run and six hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked nine.
"I came out today and got ahead of all the hitters," Fossum said."I got ahead of them with the first pitch strikes and I got the leadoff man out most of the time and any time you do that you are going to be successful."
The 25-year-old lefthander did not have a problem coming out of the game.
"I think I was getting a little tired and it's still early in the season and there's no need to stretch me out," Fossum said. "I feel pretty good, but he made the right decision."
Boston's first baseman
extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the fifth.