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Toronto (10-12)000000000020

Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0

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TORONTO -- Looking in from center field, Darnell McDonald had a great view of how well Jon Lester was pitching, so he made sure a great start didn't go to waste.

Lester struck out 11 in seven innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

"This was a great series for us," Lester said.

McDonald scored one run and drove in another to help the Red Sox win their sixth consecutive game in Toronto. The Red Sox swept successive series of three games or more in this city for the first time since 1981 and 1982.

"It was huge for us," catcher Jason Varitek said. "Obviously we didn't swing the bats great but we scored just enough, and it started with Jon's pitching."

McDonald had one of the best views of that.

"Wow. It's a beautiful thing to watch from center field," McDonald said. "It looked like he got better as the game went on."

Boston has won seven of nine since being swept in a four-game series by Tampa Bay, and Lester sees more good things ahead now that the Red Sox (11-11) have returned to .500.

"Once we get on a bit of a roll, it's hard to stop us," Lester said. "If we keep putting games together like that, pitching and hitting when we need to, things will take care of themselves."

Toronto, which has lost five straight and nine of 12, was shut out for the second time in four games. The Blue Jays have not scored in 17 innings.

"We shouldn't have lost three games," Toronto's Aaron Hill said. "Yeah, they pitched good, but still, we're better than that."

Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his seventh save.

Lester (1-2) came in winless in four starts with a 6.23 ERA but was brilliant in this one.

He allowed only one hit, a leadoff double by Vernon Wells in the second, and followed by retiring 14 consecutive batters, a streak that ended with Mike McCoy's two-out walk in the sixth. Lester finished that inning by striking out Hill looking, and ended his outing with a 1-2-3 seventh.

"He pitched really well," manager Terry Francona said. "He ought to feel good about himself. He looks great."

Hill, who went 0-4 with three strikeouts, was also full of praise for Lester.

"That's the best I've seen him," Hill said. "He's always had good stuff and a good arm, but he had everything in any count."

Daniel Bard took over in the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to Alex Gonzalez, then struck out pinch hitters Adam Lind, Fred Lewis and Travis Snider.

With Lester silencing the Blue Jays offense, Toronto's fans didn't have much to cheer about. One of the loudest ovations of the night from the 15,276 fans came when word spread that the Montreal Canadiens scored a third-period goal against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series.

Boston broke a scoreless tie in the sixth when McDonald led off with a double, went to third on Marco Scutaro's single and scored on Dustin Pedroia's sacrifice fly.

The Red Sox doubled their lead against reliever Casey Janssen in the seventh when McDonald grounded a two-out single through the left side.

"He's done a good job," Francona said of McDonald. "He's sitting down there in the nine hole but he's got big hits. He's played a pretty good center field. I think he's excited about his opportunity and he's looking to make the most of it."

Making his second start of the season, Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil (1-1) allowed one run and five hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out three.

"[Lester] was a few pitches better than I was," Cecil said.

Notes

  • Red Sox OF Mike Cameron, out since April 18 with an abdominal strain, is expected to resume running this weekend, Francona said.
  • Blue Jays LHP Rommie Lewis made his major league debut with a scoreless ninth.
 
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Players of the Game
Boston

J. Lester
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 2
K 11
Boston

D. McDonald
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS4020002 .282
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3001012 .293
Victor Martinez, DH4000012 .247
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4010010 .282
J.D. Drew, RF4000012 .181
Jason Varitek, C3000100 .323
Adrian Beltre, 3B4120011 .320
Bill Hall, LF2010000 .192
   a- Jeremy Hermida, PH-LF1000001 .250
   b- Mike Lowell, PH1000011 .250
    Jonathan Van Every, LF0000000 .000
Darnell McDonald, CF3121001 .333
Totals3328216  
a-grounded out for Hall in the 7th
b-struck out for Hermida in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis (7, Cecil), Adrian Beltre (5, Janssen), Bill Hall (1, Cecil), Darnell McDonald (2, Cecil)
SF - Dustin Pedroia (4)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (16), Darnell McDonald (6)
2-OUT RBI - Darnell McDonald (3)
SB - Bill Hall (1, 3rd base off Cecil/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester (W,1-2) 71002110 4.71
Daniel Bard (H,5) 1100030 2.63
Jonathan Papelbon (S,7) 1000010 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 119-75, Daniel Bard 17-10, Jonathan Papelbon 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 6-3
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 23, Daniel Bard 4, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Mike McCoy, LF2000210 .242
Aaron Hill, 2B4000031 .156
Jose Bautista, RF-3B4000020 .222
Vernon Wells, CF3010010 .333
Lyle Overbay, 1B3000011 .169
Alex Gonzalez, SS3010021 .286
Randy Ruiz, DH2000011 .111
   a- Adam Lind, PH-DH1000011 .293
Jose Molina, C2000000 .190
   b- Fred Lewis, PH-RF1000011 .229
John McDonald, 3B2000010 .200
   c- Travis Snider, PH1000011 .125
    John Buck, C0000000 .155
Totals28020215  
a-struck out for Ruiz in the 8th
b-struck out for Molina in the 8th
c-struck out for McDonald in the 8th
Batting
2B - Vernon Wells (11, Lester), Alex Gonzalez (10, Bard)
CS - Mike McCoy (1, 2nd base by Lester/Varitek)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Hill-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Brett Cecil (L,1-1) 6511130 3.55
Casey Janssen 1211000 6.97
Josh Roenicke 1000020 0.00
Rommie Lewis 1100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 100-61, Casey Janssen 20-12, Josh Roenicke 13-8, Rommie Lewis 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 3-11, Casey Janssen 2-1, Rommie Lewis 2-0
Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 23, Casey Janssen 5, Josh Roenicke 3, Rommie Lewis 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15276
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Field Culbreth