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Toronto at Boston

W: A. Burnett (3-2) L: T. Wakefield (2-1)
S: B. Ryan (3)
HR: TOR - A. Rios (3)   BOS - None

Burnett silences Red Sox to propel Blue Jays

CBSSports.com wire reports

BOSTON -- Leave it to A.J. Burnett, who seems to do no wrong against the Red Sox, to help the Toronto Blue Jays cap a miserable road trip with a win.

Burnett scattered three hits pitching into the eighth inning, and Alex Rios homered to lift the Blue Jays to a 3-0 victory over Boston on Thursday night.

"I think as the game went on, he got stronger and stronger," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We only came out with one win in the series, but we pitched so good."

Toronto finished the nine-game trip at 2-7 and avoided a sweep after Boston had won the two previous games in the last at-bat. The Red Sox and Blue Jays combined for seven total runs in the series.

"You saw six starting pitchers all throw the ball extremely well," Red Sox catcher Kevin Cash said. "We were happy to come out of the series with two wins."

Burnett (3-2) continued his mastery of the Red Sox, improving to 4-0 against Boston while allowing just one run in 16 innings over two starts at Fenway Park. Burnett struck out five and walked five in 7 2/3 innings.

"My fastball was going everywhere tonight, which is a good thing," Burnett said. "Just a good 'W' for us to get back on track."

Jesse Carlson worked the eighth, and B.J. Ryan pitched the ninth for his third save.

Scott Rolen's two-out RBI single off Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield (2-1) gave Toronto a 1-0 lead in the third inning and ended a 17-inning shutout streak by Boston starters.

After wasting a bases-loaded opportunity in the fourth, the Blue Jays missed another chance to break the game open in the fifth.

With Rolen and David Eckstein on first and second, Matt Stairs singled off the wall and the ball bounced directly into the glove of Coco Crisp, whose quick relay caught Eckstein in a rundown between third and home. Vernon Wells followed with a sacrifice fly to salvage a run.

Boston threatened in the fourth when David Ortiz singled and Manny Ramirez walked to start the inning, but Mike Lowell flied to left and Aaron Hill made a diving grab of a line drive up the middle off the bat of Brandon Moss, doubling Ortiz off second base.

"We saw some good pitching and we didn't have much to show for it," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Rios capped the scoring with his third homer of the season for Toronto, which avoided tying the Texas Rangers for the worst record in the American League.

Wakefield lost for the first time in seven starts after giving up three runs and six hits in seven innings. The knuckleballer walked four and didn't record a strikeout.

"I didn't have the command I would like to have," Wakefield said. "You've got to tip your cap to A.J., though, because he did a great job for them."

Gibbons was ejected in the bottom of the ninth after Crisp appeared to fly out to end the game. The manager was upset that second base umpire Bruce Dreckman called a balk on Ryan, giving Crisp another chance. He singled two pitches later, but Jed Lowrie struck out to end it.


  • Boston has won eight of eleven games at home.
  • J.D. Drew missed his second straight game with tightness in his left thigh and is listed as day-to-day.
  • Rolen extended his hitting streak to six games since coming off the disabled list.
  • Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-11 in the series.
  • Rios had three hits.
  • Toronto has beaten Boston eight of the past 10 games.
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Rios' third homer of the season helps the Jays avoid tying Texas for the worst record in the AL.  (AP)
Rios' third homer of the season helps the Jays avoid tying Texas for the worst record in the AL. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Burnett
IP 7.2
H 3
ER 0
BB 5
K 5

A. Rios
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF5231003 .320
David Eckstein, SS4010102 .248
Scott Rolen, 3B4111002 .304
Matt Stairs, DH4010001 .312
Vernon Wells, CF2001000 .245
Aaron Hill, 2B3010101 .273
Shannon Stewart, LF4010002 .203
Rod Barajas, C3000103 .175
Marco Scutaro, 1B2000100 .194
    Lyle Overbay, 1B1010000 .275
2B - David Eckstein (4, Wakefield), Aaron Hill (8, Aardsma)
HR - Alex Rios (3, Wakefield)
SF - Vernon Wells (1)
RBI - Alex Rios (15), Scott Rolen (5), Vernon Wells (18)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen (4)
SB - Alex Rios (7, 2nd base off Wakefield/Cash), Shannon Stewart (1, 3rd base off Wakefield/Cash)
CS - Lyle Overbay (2, 3rd base by Lopez/Cash)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Eckstein-Hill-Scutaro, Hill
Toronto Blue Jays
A.J. Burnett (W,3-2) 7.2300550 4.82
Jesse Carlson (H,2) 0.1000000 1.38
B.J. Ryan (S,3) 1100120 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 112-68, Jesse Carlson 3-3, B.J. Ryan 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 4-12
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 29, Jesse Carlson 1, B.J. Ryan 5
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4000012 .293
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3000101 .295
David Ortiz, DH4020001 .196
Manny Ramirez, LF2000221 .336
Mike Lowell, 3B4010004 .195
Brandon Moss, RF3000115 .235
Coco Crisp, CF4010011 .290
Jed Lowrie, SS4000013 .286
Kevin Cash, C1000210 .313
2B - Mike Lowell (2, Burnett)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Coco Crisp 1
DP - Pedroia-Youkilis
E - Kevin Cash (3, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield (L,2-1) 7633401 4.03
David Aardsma 1100000 3.07
Javier Lopez 0.2200000 4.22
Mike Timlin 0.1000000 12.79
HBP - V. Wells (by Tim Wakefield), Rolen (by Tim Wakefield)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 97-56, David Aardsma 12-7, Javier Lopez 13-8, Mike Timlin 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 8-11, David Aardsma 2-1, Javier Lopez 1-0, Mike Timlin 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 31, David Aardsma 4, Javier Lopez 3, Mike Timlin 1
Game Information
Attendance - 37821
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Sam Holbrook