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Final: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  September 9, 2012 01:25 PM

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Game over: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3: Mike Aviles popped up to catcher Yorvit Torrealba to strand pinch-runner Ivan De Jesus at first as the Red Sox sunk further into the American League East cellar after getting swept by the Jays before a Fenway Park crowd announced at 37,226.

Middle of the 9thL Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3: Omar Vizquel broke up a 3-3 tie when he stroked a sacrifice RBI fly to left with the bases loaded, scoring Rajai Davis from third with the go-ahead run. It chased Sox starter Clay Buchholz from the game.

Bottom of 8th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 3: Brandon Lyon entered the game with two out in the eighth to face Pedroia, who grounded to third and was brought to his knees when he was called out by first base umpire Chris Guccione.

Bottom of 6th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 3: Dustin Pedroia clobbered an 0-and-1 pitch from Villaneuva, launching it into the Green Monster seats for a solo homer (his 14th overall of the season) to help the Sox tie the game with one out in the sixth.

Villanueva departed the game at the end of the inning after going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits, including a pair of home runs, and two walks while striking out two batters. He threw 97 pitches (59 strikes).

Steve Delabar was summoned to relieve Villanueva in the seventh.

Top of 4th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2: The Jays rallied for three runs with one out, getting an RBI single from Jeff Mathis, an RBI sacrifice fly by Omar Vizquel and an RBI single to left by Adeiny Hechavarria (trying say his name fast three times), who was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double.

Bottom of 2d: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0: Jacoby Ellsbury gave the Sox a 2-0 lead when he launched a 2-and-1 changeup from Toronto lefthander Carlos Villanueva pitch into the Red Sox bullpen for a two-run homer. Ellsbury's third homer of the season scored Cody Ross, who drew a one-out walk.

Pregame Welcome to Fenway Park where there was a definite feel of fall in the air. The Red Sox (63-77) will look to avert suffering a sweep against the Blue Jays (63-75) in the finale of this three-game set. RHP Clay Buchholz (11-5, 4.47 ERA) will take the mound in opposition of RHP Carlos Villanueva (7-5, 3.42).

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