Red Sox clinch AL East with win over Blue JaysSep 21, 2013 - 3:09 AM Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Mike Carp had three RBI and the Boston Red Sox wrapped up the AL East on Friday with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
After clinching a playoff spot Thursday, the Red Sox captured the division for the first time since 2007, and just a year removed from finishing in last place.
David Ortiz also drove in a run, while Daniel Nava was 2-for-5 with two runs scored for the Red Sox, who have won two straight and five of seven. Jon Lester (15-8) gave up a run on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over seven innings.
Adam Lind hit a two-run homer and Rajai Davis was 2-for-5 with two runs scored for the Blue Jays, who have dropped seven of 10 and will finish the season in last place in the AL East. Esmil Rogers (5-8) gave up two runs on three hits and five walks in just 2 1/3 innings to take the loss.
Dustin Pedroia doubled to start the first for Boston, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a wild pitch for a quick 1-0 lead.
Boston made it a 2-0 game in the third as Carp worked a bases-loaded walk to score Nava.
In the fifth, Davis singled with two outs and then stole second and third. A single from Brett Lawrie made it a 2-1 game.
An RBI single from Ortiz in the seventh and a two-run base hit from Carp later in the frame padded Boston's lead to 5-1.
Toronto trimmed its deficit to two in the eighth as Davis doubled to start the frame and later scored on Lind's 23rd homer of the year to make it a 5-3 contest.
Pedroia, though, got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as his single scored Will Middlebrooks, who singled and stole second.
Koji Uehara, who got the final two outs of the eighth, pitched a scoreless ninth for his 20th save of the season.
Lester has won his past three decisions ... Toronto center fielder Colby Rasmus was pulled from the game during warmups after he was hit in the face by a ball ... Boston has won 10 of the 17 games against Toronto this season.
- TORONTO: 3
Sep 20 10:36 PM
- Dustin Pedroia singled to center scoring Will Middlebrooks with two outs. Runner on second with two outs and Daniel Nava due up.
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 6 Bot 8, 2 OutsSep 20 10:23 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Adam Lind one-out, two-run Home Run (23) to left scored Rajai Davis. Moises Sierra due up.
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 5 Top 8, 1 OutSep 20 10:02 PM
- Mike Carp singled to left center scoring Daniel Nava and David Ortiz with two outs. Runner on first with two outs and Jarrod Saltalamacchia due up.
Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 5 Bot 7, 2 OutsSep 20 9:46 PM
- David Ortiz singled to center scoring Jackie Bradley Jr. with none out. On the play, Daniel Nava advances to second and Dustin Pedroia advances to third. Bases loaded with none out and Mike Napoli due up.
Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 3 Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 20 9:39 PM
- Brett Lawrie singled to center scoring Rajai Davis with two outs. Runner on first with two outs and Kevin Pillar due up.
Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 2 Top 5, 2 OutsSep 20 8:53 PM
- Mike Carp walked Daniel Nava scoring on the play with one out. Bases loaded with one out and Jarrod Saltalamacchia due up.
Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 2 Bot 3, 1 OutSep 20 8:12 PM
- Dustin Pedroia scored on a wild pitch with one out. None on and David Ortiz at the plate.
Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 1 Bot 1, 1 OutSep 20 7:23 PM
- TORONTO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 20 7:11 PM
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