Jays cap sweep of Red SoxSep 10, 2012 - 4:49 AM
The Red Sox, losers of 11 of their last 12 games, fell to a season-high 15 games below .500. Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury hit homers in the defeat.
On the heels of a four-game slide, the Blue Jays won their fourth game in a row with Sunday's victory. Vizquel drove in two runs, both on sacrifices.
Brandon Lyon (2-2) was the winning pitcher for Toronto. He came on with two away in the eighth inning and forced Pedroia to ground out to short to end the inning.
Clay Buchholz (11-6) was hit with the loss. He pitched deep into the game for Boston, lasting 8 2/3 innings, but gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks.
"It leaves a little bitter taste in your mouth, but that's the way it has been going for us lately and you have to take it," Buchholz said about the loss.
After allowing a base hit to James Loney in the bottom of the ninth, Toronto closer Casey Janssen retired the final three batters to earn his 20th save of the season.
Ellsbury gave the Red Sox the lead with a two-run homer in the second. Cody Ross walked before Ellsbury clocked his third homer of the season to right field.
The Blue Jays responded with a three-run fourth inning. Davis and Anthony Gose reached on back-to-back singles to the left side and Jeff Mathis delivered a base hit to score Davis from third. Gose, who moved to third on Mathis's single, scored on Vizquel's sacrifice fly.
Adeiny Hechavarria gave Toronto the lead with a single to left field that scored Mathis from second.
Pedroia tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth after blasting his 14th homer of the season over the left field wall.
Buchholz got Adam Lind to ground out to start the ninth inning, but then gave up consecutive singles to Davis and Gose to put runners on the corners. Buchholz then intentionally walked pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson to bring up Vizquel, who sacrificed the go-ahead run home with a fly ball to left.
Pedroia has hit safely in all but three of 33 games since 8/5/12 ... The Blue Jays were 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded six ... The Red Sox failed to get a hit with runners in scoring position and left four on base.
- TORONTO: 4
Sep 9 4:42 PM
- Junichi Tazawa enters the game for the Red Sox with two on and two out.
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3 Top 9, 2 OutsSep 9 4:24 PM
- Dustin Pedroia one-out, solo Home Run (14) to left. James Loney due up.
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 3 Bot 6, 1 OutSep 9 3:23 PM
- Adeiny Hechavarria singled to left scored Jeff Mathis with two outs. On the play, Adeiny Hechavarria thrown out at second to end the inning.
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2 Mid 4Sep 9 3:06 PM
- Omar Vizquel sacrifice fly out to left scored Anthony Gose with two outs. On the play, Jeff Mathis advances to second on the throw home. Runner on second and Adeiny Hechavarria due up.
Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 2 Top 4, 2 OutsSep 9 2:51 PM
- Jacoby Ellsbury one-out, two-run Home Run (3) to right scored Cody Ross. Mike Aviles due up.
Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 2 Bot 2, 1 OutSep 9 2:14 PM
- TORONTO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 9 1:38 PM
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