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BOSTON -- Now comes the really hard part for the Boston Red Sox: four more games against the Tampa Bay Rays.
"It's just another loss. I don't think it's any tougher than any other loss," first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. "We've got to find a way in the next series to play better baseball."
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Just 3-10 in September, the Red Sox maintained a four-game lead in the AL wild-card race over Tampa Bay, which lost its second straight in Baltimore. Boston led the AL East at the start of the month and was nine games ahead of the third-place Rays.
After getting swept in a three-game series at Tampa Bay last weekend, Boston hosts the Rays in a four-game series starting Thursday night.
"Very frustrating," said Bard, 0-3 with a 30.86 ERA in his last three appearances. "I've been through it before. Sometimes the effects are magnified by how big the games are."
Loewen, converted to outfielder from pitcher, was 0-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox for Baltimore in 2006 and '07.
"I'm very aware of that. They got me," he said, dressed in a ballerina costume as spoke to the media, part of late-season rookie hazing. "I think the best chance I had was against [Josh] Beckett in our place. I came out of the game [ahead] 2-1 in the sixth, and they ended up winning it in the top of the ninth."
Loewen has taken advantage for openings created by injuries.
"September is about taking a look at all of our personnel and he's capitalized on every opportunity, so there's no reason to think that's not going to still be in the rotation and in the mix," Toronto manager John Farrell said.
Ricky Romero (15-10) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in eight innings. He improved to 8-1 in his last 10 starts.
Frank Francisco pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances as the Blue Jays won for just the third time in nine games at Fenway Park this season.
Red Sox starter John Lackey gave up two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He threw 115 pitches.
"He had a high pitch count, mainly early," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "When he came out of the game, we had a good chance to win."
Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the first on consecutive run-scoring singles by Encarnacion and Johnson, but Boston tied it in the second when Ryan Lavarnway reached on a run-scoring error by third baseman Brett Lawrie and an RBI grounder by Jason Varitek.
In the sixth, Varitek held on and tagged out Lawrie, who came crashing in with his forearms while trying to score from third on Adam Loewen's bouncer to second with the infield in, Varitek flipped over backward.
|Adam Loewen's (right) two-run single off the hard-throwing Daniel Bard lifts the Blue Jays over the Red Sox. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Mike McCoy, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.193|
|Eric Thames, LF||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.265|
|Jose Bautista, RF||3||1||1||0||2||1||0||.304|
|Adam Lind, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.252|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||3||1||2||1||1||0||2||.279|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||3||1||1||1||1||1||3||.211|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.303|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.189|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.219|
|Adam Loewen, CF||4||0||2||2||0||1||1||.357|
|SH - Mark Teahen (1)|
|RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (51), Kelly Johnson (54), J.P. Arencibia (76), Adam Loewen 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (21), Kelly Johnson (15)|
|SB - Brett Lawrie (7, 3rd base off Lackey/Varitek)|
|PK - Adam Loewen (1, Morales)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - McCoy, Johnson-Lind|
|E - Brett Lawrie 2 (6, Misplayed grounder), Adam Loewen (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Ricky Romero (W,15-10)||8||6||4||3||1||4||1||3.02|
|Frank Francisco (S,15)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.78|
|WP - Ricky Romero (8)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 102-65, Frank Francisco 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 11-9|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 31, Frank Francisco 3|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.320|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.291|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||.340|
|Lars Anderson, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||2||0||.259|
|Ryan Lavarnway, DH||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.259|
|a- Josh Reddick, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.295|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.251|
|Jason Varitek, C||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.226|
|Darnell McDonald, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.206|
|a-struck out for Lavarnway in the 9th|
|2B - Marco Scutaro (20, R. Romero)|
|3B - Jacoby Ellsbury (5, R. Romero)|
|HR - Adrian Gonzalez (26, R. Romero)|
|SF - Marco Scutaro (4)|
|RBI - Marco Scutaro (49), Adrian Gonzalez (110), Ryan Lavarnway (4), Jason Varitek (34)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Pedroia-Anderson-Youkilis|
|E - Daniel Bard (1, Throwing), Marco Scutaro (13, Misplayed grounder), Jason Varitek (1, Throwing)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Franklin Morales (H,9)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.46|
|Alfredo Aceves (H,9)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.85|
|Daniel Bard (BS,5; L,2-8)||1||1||3||2||2||0||0||3.11|
|HBP - Lawrie (by John Lackey)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 115-79, Franklin Morales 9-7, Alfredo Aceves 15-7, Daniel Bard 21-11, Jonathan Papelbon 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 7-6, Franklin Morales 1-0, Alfredo Aceves 1-2, Daniel Bard 3-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0|
|Batters Faced - John Lackey 26, Franklin Morales 1, Alfredo Aceves 4, Daniel Bard 6, Jonathan Papelbon 3|
|Attendance - 37087|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Greg Gibson|