7:07 PM ET, August 20, 2009
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
• Jon Lester's career record against the AL East improved to 20-5. He also ended a four-start winless streak.
• Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil fell to 2-1 in his career at home. In his two career starts vs. the Red Sox, he has given up 14 earned runs.
• Since the All-Star break, the Red Sox are 10-5 against teams with losing records but 4-12 against teams with winning records.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Why Lester won
Jon Lester won for the first time in five starts and improved to 3-1 with a 1.65 ERA in four outings against Toronto this season. How?
• He threw first-pitch strikes to just eight of 27 batters (30 percent) but threw the second pitch for a strike in 15 of 19 1-0 counts (79 percent).
• He excelled when he was behind in the count: 31 of 38 pitches were strikes (82 percent, MLB average 67 percent), and Blue Jay hitters were just 1-for-9 (.111, MLB average .342).
• He faced the minimum over his last six innings (the only runner was eliminated on double play).
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Pedroia rejoined the team after spending two days in Boston as his wife gave birth to the couple's first child. ... Catcher Jason Varitek (neck) missed his third straight game. "We'll just keep evaluating him and see how he's doing," Francona said. ... Blue Jays third baseman Edwin Encarnacion left after three innings with a sore left knee.
Regular Season Series
|Boston leads 11-7 (as of Thu 8/20)|
|Tue 5/19||@BOS 2, TOR 1||Recap|
|Wed 5/20||@BOS 8, TOR 3||Recap|
|Thu 5/21||@BOS 5, TOR 1||Recap|
|Fri 5/29||@TOR 6, BOS 3||Recap|
|Sat 5/30||@TOR 5, BOS 3||Recap|
|Sun 5/31||BOS 8, @TOR 2||Recap|
|Fri 7/17||BOS 4, @TOR 1||Recap|
|Sat 7/18||@TOR 6, BOS 2||Recap|
|Sun 7/19||@TOR 3, BOS 1||Recap|
|Tue 8/18||BOS 10, @TOR 9||Recap|
|Wed 8/19||BOS 6, @TOR 1||Recap|
|» Thu 8/20||BOS 8, @TOR 1||Box Score|
|Fri 8/28||@BOS 6, TOR 5||Recap|
|Sat 8/29||@BOS 3, TOR 2||Recap|
|Sun 8/30||@BOS 7, TOR 0||Recap|
|Mon 9/28||TOR 11, @BOS 5||Recap|
|Tue 9/29||TOR 8, @BOS 7||Recap|
|Wed 9/30||TOR 12, @BOS 0||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Red Sox | Blue Jays|
|1st||R Barajas grounded into double play, shortstop to second to first, M Scutaro scored, V Wells out at second, A Hill to third.||0||1|
|3rd||J Drew homered to right.||1||1|
|4th||M Lowell singled to center, J Bay scored.||2||1|
|4th||J Drew homered to right, M Lowell scored.||4||1|
|5th||J Bay safe at second on throwing error by third baseman J McDonald, D Pedroia scored, K Youkilis to third.||5||1|
|5th||D Ortiz grounded out to third, K Youkilis scored.||6||1|
|7th||V Martinez homered to right.||7||1|
|8th||D Pedroia grounded into fielder's choice to third, B Anderson scored, J Ellsbury out at second.||8||1|
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|Stadium||Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON|
|Attendance||22,817 (46.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Greg Gibson, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tim Mcclelland, Third Base - Andy Fletcher|