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BOSTON -- Jon Lester slowed down the Toronto Blue Jays and their home run king.

Lester twice got major league home run leader Jose Bautista to ground out with the bases loaded on Sunday, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-0 to avoid a three-game sweep.

"It's not a real good feeling when he comes up with runners on. And it happened twice," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "But he made a lot of good pitches."

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Lester (18-8) allowed four hits over seven innings to win his fifth straight start and become the first Red Sox lefty to win 18 games since Bruce Hurst in 1988. Victor Martinez hit a solo homer for Boston, and J.D. Drew had a two-run shot in a five-run fifth.

The Blue Jays were mathematically eliminated from the playoff race with the loss.

"It's always disappointing when the playoffs are starting and you're not one of the teams in it," second baseman John McDonald said. "We set out goals of making the playoffs and the World Series."

Bautista had homered in three straight games, giving him a franchise-record 49 for the season and a lead of 10 in the majors over next-best Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals.

But Bautista, who grounded out to third with nobody on in the first inning, was out on a fielder's choice to the shortstop with the bases loaded in the third and another to the third baseman with the bases loaded in the fifth.

"Normally Bautista would respond in that situation," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "He threw him a couple of good pitches. We knew he was tough, and he was today."

Lester struck out only four to snap a streak of four straight games in which he'd fanned at least 10. He said he tried to keep Bautista off-balance in the seven-pitch at-bat in the first inning, mixing in curveballs and changeups and working both sides of the plate.

"I think that set up his later at-bats," Lester said. "Obviously, his stats speak for themselves. He's obviously a dangerous threat that you don't want coming up two times with the bases loaded."

Shaun Marcum, who hadn't allowed more than three runs in an outing in six starts, lasted 5 1/3 innings for Toronto and gave up six runs on nine hits while striking out three. It was his worst start since he allowed eight runs, including a career-high four homers, to the Red Sox on Aug. 11.

Marcum, who previously pitched last Sunday, said he fell out of a groove.

"You get in a routine. It sets the whole routine back a little bit," he said. "I don't think it's rust. You get on a good roll and it throws you off."

Marcum (12-8) gave up Martinez's solo homer in the fourth, then got into real trouble in the fifth when Jed Lowrie and Bill Hall singled to start the inning and Daniel Nava followed with a ground-rule double over the short fence down the right-field line. Yamaico Navarro singled to left to score Hall, and Nava came in when left fielder Mike McCoy let the ball roll past him for an error.

One out later, Drew hit a two-run homer over the Red Sox bullpen to make it 6-0.

Notes

The last AL pitcher to strike out at least 10 batters in five straight games was Johan Santana, with five in a row for Minnesota in 2004. Pedro Martinez was the last Red Sox pitcher to do it, whiffing at least 10 batters in five consecutive games in 2001. ... The Red Sox made a game-time decision to rest third baseman Adrian Beltre, who rolled over his left wrist diving for a grounder on Saturday. ... Toronto sat second baseman Aaron Hill for a second straight game. He left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch on his right wrist.

 
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Boston

V. Martinez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

J. Lester
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 4
K 4
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike McCoy, LF2010200 .197
Yunel Escobar, SS3000104 .264
Jose Bautista, RF4000006 .262
Vernon Wells, CF4010000 .270
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010021 .249
John Buck, C4000012 .271
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000001 .240
J.P. Arencibia, DH3000120 .185
John McDonald, 2B4020010 .257
Totals3205046  
Fielding
E - Mike McCoy (2, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum (L,12-8) 5.1966032 3.77
Brad Mills 1.2000100 5.40
Taylor Buchholz 1000000 4.09
IBB - Navarro by Brad Mills
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 91-60, Brad Mills 27-15, Taylor Buchholz 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 3-10, Brad Mills 2-3, Taylor Buchholz 2-1
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 25, Brad Mills 6, Taylor Buchholz 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Kalish, CF4000014 .238
J.D. Drew, RF4112010 .257
    Josh Reddick, RF0000000 .234
Victor Martinez, C4121000 .292
David Ortiz, DH4000011 .261
Mike Lowell, 1B4010000 .230
    Lars Anderson, 1B0000000 .267
Jed Lowrie, SS4110001 .265
Bill Hall, 2B4120000 .238
Daniel Nava, LF3111002 .248
Yamaico Navarro, 3B2111100 .133
Totals3369513  
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (12, Marcum), Daniel Nava (13, Marcum)
HR - J.D. Drew (19, Marcum), Victor Martinez (18, Marcum)
RBI - J.D. Drew 2 (64), Victor Martinez (72), Daniel Nava (23), Yamaico Navarro (4)
Team LOB - 4
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Lester (W,18-8) 7400440 3.06
Scott Atchison 1100010 3.49
Robert Coello 1000010 6.23
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 112-68, Scott Atchison 15-10, Robert Coello 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 9-8, Scott Atchison 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 29, Scott Atchison 4, Robert Coello 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37234
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Sam Holbrook