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The Red Sox entered Tuesday night losers of four of their last six games, and 3.5 games behind the first place Blue Jays. Fortunately, the Red Sox would have the chance to make up ground in the division, as the Blue Jays came to town for a three-game set. By the time they left town, the Jays found themselves only leading the division by a half game after the Red Sox completed the series sweep, winning 5-1 Thursday night.
Jason Bay set a Red Sox record with his 11th straight home run with men on base after hitting a two-run shot in the first inning. Bay now has 13 HRs on the year, and with every homer he hits, he can hear a “cha-ching” sound as he looks to cash in during the off-season on a long-term deal.
Jon Lester, coming off two horrible starts in a row, had a strong outing against the Jays. He allowed just one run on eight hits in 6.1 innings pitched, improving to 3-4 on the year with a still-subpar 5.91 ERA.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: No Sox player really stood out, but Pedroia was the only hitter with a multi-hit game. He went 2-4 with a run scored, an RBI, and no men left on base.
Mike Lowell, 3B & Jason Varitek, C: Both hitters had identical games statistically: 0-3, 2 K’s, 1 man left on base. Neither had a fielding error or grounded into a double play. Anyway, it’s hard to pick any single person who was a Dud because the Sox won.
W: Jon Lester (3-4)
L: Robert Ray (1-2)