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Jays' Stroman leads combined one-hit shutout of Red Sox

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TORONTO -- John Gibbons wasn't exactly happy to see rookie Marcus Stroman lose his no-hitter. Still, it saved the Blue Jays manager from making a tough decision about how long to stick with his young star.

Stroman and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Juan Francisco drove in four runs and came within a double of the cycle and Toronto beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0 on Thursday.

Stroman's no-hit bid ended when Shane Victorino blooped a single to center to lead off the seventh. One out later, Victorino was erased on Mike Napoli's double-play grounder.

Stroman (6-2) only allowed two other baserunners on walks and matched a season-high by striking out seven in seven innings. The rookie right-hander is 5-1 with an 1.54 ERA in seven home starts.

"He's pitching like a veteran who's been around a long time and he's been very successful," Gibbons said. "He shuts down good-hitting teams, he's a great competitor."

Fifteen games into his big league career, Stroman said he's achieved more than he expected so far.

"I knew if I came up here and got settled in, I could pitch well and help our team win every game," he said. "But yeah, I'd definitely say I've surpassed (expectations). It's definitely been a ride so far."

Stroman hasn't thrown a complete game since his call up in May, so Gibbons was wary of overworking his pitcher as long as the no-hitter remained intact.

"That was going through our minds," said Gibbons, who yanked Stroman after 97 pitches. "I don't know if `relieved' is the word, but it didn't hurt."

Todd Redmond worked the eighth and Rob Rasmussen finished.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz felt back spasms on a swing in the ninth and was replaced by Jonny Gomes, who flied out to end the game.

"I don't think it's anything serious," Ortiz said.

Francisco tripled and scored in the second, hit a two-run homer in the third and added a two-run single in the fifth as the Blue Jays won for the fifth time in six games.

"Hopefully he's heating up at the right time," Gibbons said.

Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a walk and two RBI. Cabrera scored a run and doubled three times.

Boston set season-highs in runs, hits (18) and home runs (four) in Monday's 14-1 rout, their fifth straight win, but managed just seven runs over the final 27 innings of the series.

"We were behind the eight-ball right from the first or second inning, and were never really in this one," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Red Sox right-hander Rubby De La Rosa allowed seven runs, six earned, in a season-low four-plus innings, raising his ERA from 2.64 to 3.54. De La Rosa (3-3), who lost for the first time since June 11 at Baltimore, walked two and struck out one.

Cabrera opened the scoring on a bases-loaded passed ball in the first. Toronto made it 3-0 in the second when Francisco tripled off the glove of Jackie Bradley Jr. and scored on Ryan Goins' double, with Goins coming home on Cabrera's first double.

Francisco made it 5-0 with his two-out homer in the third, then added a bases-loaded single off Burke Badenhop in the sixth.

Toronto loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but Badenhop got Dan Johnson to ground into a double play.

Cabrera made it 8-0 when he doubled home Jose Reyes against Edward Mujica in the eighth.

After getting the day off Wednesday, Red Sox rookie Brock Holt returned to the lineup at second base. Holt has started at every position this season except pitcher, catcher and designated hitter. Dustin Pedroia, who is stuck in a 2-for-24 slump, got the day off.

Notes

Toronto RH Brandon Morrow (right index finger) threw off the mound for the first time since his May 2 injury. Morrow threw about 30 pitches on the bullpen mound before the game. There is no timetable for his return. ... The Blue Jays begin a three-game series at Yankee Stadium Friday, where they have lost 16 consecutive games. Toronto LH Mark Buehrle faces New York RH Hiroki Kuroda in the opener. ... The Red Sox begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay Friday, with Boston LH Jon Lester facing Rays LH David Price. There was bad feelings between the teams after Price drilled Ortiz with a pitch in a May 30 game at Fenway Park.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Francisco
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Toronto

M. Stroman
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 2
K 7
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brock Holt, 2B3000131.318.365.445
Shane Victorino, RF3010101.273.305.373
David Ortiz, DH3000012.251.346.501
   a-Jonny Gomes, PH-DH1000001.239.335.365
Mike Napoli, 1B3000011.276.391.452
Daniel Nava, LF3000000.255.338.330
Stephen Drew, SS2000110.170.256.330
Xander Bogaerts, 3B3000021.237.310.354
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF2000101.229.307.315
Christian Vazquez, C2000100.292.333.417
Rubby De La Rosa, P0000000.000.000.000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000.000.000.000
   Felix Doubront, P0000000.000.000.000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2501058    
a-flied out for Ortiz in the 9th
Batting
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jackie Bradley Jr. 1, Shane Victorino 1
DP - Bradley-Napoli, Bradley-Napoli-Drew-Napoli
PB - Christian Vazquez (1)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rubby De La Rosa (L,3-3) 4976211 3.54
Burke Badenhop 2200200 2.76
Felix Doubront 1100010 5.22
Edward Mujica 1211000 5.45
WP - Burke Badenhop (1)
HBP - J. Bautista (by Rubby De La Rosa)
Pitches-Strikes - Rubby De La Rosa 92-58, Burke Badenhop 32-19, Felix Doubront 15-11, Edward Mujica 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rubby De La Rosa 7-3, Burke Badenhop 3-2, Edward Mujica 1-1
Batters Faced - Rubby De La Rosa 23, Burke Badenhop 9, Felix Doubront 4, Edward Mujica 4
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Reyes, SS5120001.278.329.419
Melky Cabrera, LF4132101.311.359.474
Jose Bautista, RF3110101.292.409.501
Dioner Navarro, C3120200.266.308.380
Dan Johnson, DH4010005.227.367.318
Munenori Kawasaki, 3B3100016.272.325.316
   a-Steve Tolleson, PH-3B1000000.246.315.407
Juan Francisco, 1B4234000.242.315.526
Ryan Goins, 2B4121002.181.224.278
Anthony Gose, CF3000013.237.338.282
Marcus Stroman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Todd Redmond, P0000000.000.000.000
   Rob Rasmussen, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals34814742    
a-lined out for Kawasaki in the 7th
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera 3 (26, De La Rosa), Ryan Goins (2, De La Rosa)
3B - Juan Francisco (2, De La Rosa)
HR - Juan Francisco (15, De La Rosa)
SH - Anthony Gose (4)
RBI - Melky Cabrera 2 (52), Juan Francisco 4 (39), Ryan Goins (4)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (19), Juan Francisco 2 (8)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Francisco, Francisco-Reyes-Goins-Francisco, Francisco-Reyes-Goins-Francisco-Reyes-Goins-Francisco
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marcus Stroman (W,6-2) 7100270 3.21
Todd Redmond 1000110 2.36
Rob Rasmussen 1000200 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Marcus Stroman 97-66, Todd Redmond 25-15, Rob Rasmussen 20-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marcus Stroman 9-3, Todd Redmond 1-1, Rob Rasmussen 1-1
Batters Faced - Marcus Stroman 22, Todd Redmond 4, Rob Rasmussen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 46683
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Gabe Morales