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"It's a completely different mind-set with how I've attacked the game," he said. "I was kind of attacking it from a lower level of the mind. You hear about silence in martial arts. You achieve it and you move and flow better."
Laffey (2-1) scattered eight singles and worked out of trouble in the third and seventh innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter.
"I try and take things as stress-free as possible," he said. "I'm the one with the ball and nothing can happen until I throw it."
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Laffey said he didn't throw a breaking pitch, used only three changeups and relied on mainly fastballs, changing the grip to make cut fastballs that forced different movements.
"He was using a successful recipe," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "There were a lot of strikes, got ahead on the count and got a lot of groundballs."
It was Laffey's second scoreless start against Boston this season. He held the Red Sox to three hits in six innings in Fenway Park on June 26.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Toronto, and was just its sixth in its last 15 games.
Boston, which entered the game leading the majors in runs, had won four of five.
Adam Lind added two hits and an RBI for the Blue Jays.
The 27-old Laffey is with the fourth team of his career. He was up with Toronto in April and May, but never appeared in a game before being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 11.
Josh Beckett (5-8) was plagued again by a rough opening inning and took the loss.
"I thought he had good stuff tonight," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said.
Beckett gave up five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits, striking out seven and walking three. Entering Friday's game, the right-hander had a 10.20 ERA in his opening innings and 3.36 combined in all others.
He struck out the first batter, Anthony Gose on a 93 mph fastball. Then Rasmus tripled off the base of the wall in right field and scored when he beat third baseman Will Middlebrooks' throw on Edwin Encarnacion's grounder by slipping his hand ahead of catcher Kelly Shoppach's tag. J.P. Arencibia added an RBI single, making it 2-0.
In the second, Rasmus made it 4-0 with a two-run double into the gap in left-center.
"I thought Will made an aggressive play," Beckett said. "In the second, I needed to make a 3-2 pitch and didn't."
Unlike Thursday, when Boston was held scoreless until pulling out a win in the ninth, there wasn't much drama as the Red Sox scored their only run on Mike Aviles' fielder's choice grounder with one out in the ninth.
Laffey had runners on first and second in the third, but got the next two hitters to fly out. In the seventh, the Red Sox had the first two batters reach with singles.
The Blue Jays made it 5-0 in the fifth on Lind's RBI single and a spattering of boos rained down on Beckett. Encarnacion reached second after Middlebrooks threw his infield hit into Boston's dugout for an error before Lind's hit. Yan Gomes' run-scoring double made it 6-0 in the eighth.
|Blue Jays lefty Aaron Laffey pitches seven shutout innings, scattering eight singles while walking nobody. (Getty Images)|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Anthony Gose, RF||3||1||0||0||2||2||0||.125|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||5||1||2||2||0||1||2||.247|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||3||2||1||1||1||0||0||.296|
|Adam Lind, DH||4||0||2||1||0||1||2||.239|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||3||0||1||1||1||0||1||.238|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.239|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.249|
|Travis Snider, LF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.333|
|Yan Gomes, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||2||2||.214|
|2B - Colby Rasmus (19, Beckett), Yunel Escobar (11, Beckett), Travis Snider (1, Melancon), Yan Gomes (2, Melancon)|
|3B - Colby Rasmus (4, Beckett)|
|RBI - Colby Rasmus 2 (57), Edwin Encarnacion (63), Adam Lind (27), J.P. Arencibia (44), Yan Gomes (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Colby Rasmus 2 (25)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Escobar-Johnson-Encarnacion|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Aaron Laffey (W,2-1)||7||8||0||0||0||4||0||2.77|
|WP - Casey Janssen (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Laffey 88-59, Darren Oliver 11-8, Casey Janssen 27-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Laffey 8-8, Darren Oliver 1-1, Casey Janssen 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Laffey 28, Darren Oliver 3, Casey Janssen 5|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.279|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.389|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.265|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.295|
|Cody Ross, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.273|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.291|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.274|
|a- Daniel Nava, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.259|
|Mike Aviles, SS||4||0||1||1||0||2||3||.261|
|Pedro Ciriaco, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.366|
|b- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.228|
|a-walked (wild pitch) for Shoppach in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Ciriaco in the 9th|
|RBI - Mike Aviles (48)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1|
|DP - Beckett-Aviles-Gonzalez, Middlebrooks-Pedroia-Gonzalez, Pedroia-Aviles-Gonzalez, Ross-Aviles|
|E - Will Middlebrooks (8, Throwing)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Josh Beckett (L,5-8)||6||7||5||4||3||7||0||4.53|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 96-62, Andrew Miller 17-11, Mark Melancon 32-16, Junichi Tazawa 2-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 9-1, Andrew Miller 1-1, Mark Melancon 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 27, Andrew Miller 3, Mark Melancon 7, Junichi Tazawa 1|
|Attendance - 38093|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West|