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Final: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  September 16, 2012 12:50 PM

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Final: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0 The Blue Jays averted a sweep by taking the finale of this three-game set, pinning the Red Sox with a 5-0 loss before a Rogers Centre crowd of 21,698.

Jon Lester (9-12) went seven innings, but was tagged for three runs in the seventh, including a two-run homer by Adeiny Hechavarria that made it 3-0. Brandon Lyon picked up the win for the Blue Jays.

Bottom of 8th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0 Daniel Bard was rudely greeted by Brett Lawrie's ground-rule double to left. Lawrie then scored when Colby Rasmus hit a high-chopper to left field that bounded over the head of Ryan Kalish, who had entered the game for Scott Podsednik. It allowed Rasmus to safely reach second.

Bard was gone after he issued a walk to J.P. Arencibia, prompting Sox manager Bobby Valentine to summon Andrew Miller from the bullpen to face Adam Lind. Miller got Lind to hit a grounder to second for the force on Arencibia before handing it over Scott Atchison, who gave up an RBI single to center by Moises Sierra that made it 5-0.

Bottom of 7th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0 The Jays rallied for three runs with two outs when Yan Gomes singled up the middle. Pinch-runner Rajai Davis then stole second and scored on Omar Vizquel's hit-and-run single to center, giving the Jays a 1-0 lead.

Adeiny Hechavarria made it 3-0 when he belted Lester's first pitch into the second level of seats in left field. With Daniel Bard warming up in the Sox bullpen, Lester got out of the inning when Anthony Gose struck out. Through seven innings, Lester allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out seven batters. He threw 101 pitches (68 strikes).

Top of 7th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 Brett Cecil entered the game in the top of the seventh in relief of Brandon Morrow (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K), who threw 102 pitches. Cecil faced one batter, striking out Jarrod Saltalamacchia, before handing it over to Brandon Lyon with one out in the seventh.

Bottom 5th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 Lester seemed to struggle when he issued a leadoff walk to Moises Sierra. Yan Gomes laid down a bunt that Lester fielded. He spun toward second to begin a double play, but airmailed his throw over second, allowing Sierra to advance and Gomes to reach base.

Lester settled down and struck out the next two batters he faced before getting Anthony Gose to ground to short for the inning-ending forceout on Gomes at second.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 Lester looked strong through the first four innings, retiring one above the minimum 12 batters. He needed just eight pitches to retire the Blue Jays in order after getting Colby Rasmus to pop to left, J.P. Arencibia to hit a pop foul to first, and Adam Lind to hit a hard comebacker to the mound.

Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 Just as they did in the first inning, when Dustin Pedroia singled and Jacoby Ellsbury drew a walk from Toronto starter Brandon Morrow, the Red Sox stranded a pair in the fourth after Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each singled to reach base.

Morrow got out of the jam when he got Ryan Lavarnway to fly to right and Pedro Ciriaco to hit a pop foul to first.

Bottom 3d: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 After retiring his first six batters, Jon Lester gave up a hit when Omar Vizquel doubled down the line to left.

After Adeiny Hechavarria grounded to short, Vizquel went to third on Brett Lawrie's groundout to second. He wound up getting stranded there, however, when Lester got Colby Rasmus to hit a pop foul to Sox first baseman James Loney.

Pregame Greetings from Rogers Centre in Toronto, where the retractable roof has been rolled back, revealing a perfectly azure-blue sky overhead. The Red Sox (66-80) will attempt to go for a sweep in the finale of this three-game series against the Blue Jays (65-79) and send LHP Jon Lester (9-11, 4.99 ERA) to the mound to oppose RHP Brandon Morrow (8-6, 3.16).

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