|Final - 8.20.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
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|Toronto Blue Jays||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||2|
|WP: Jon Lester (10 - 7)
LP: Brett Cecil (5 - 2)
The Sox' lineup was arguably at full strength for the first time since acquiring Victor Martinez, and it showed as the team scored 8 runs to complete a 3-game sweep of the Blue Jays on the road.
J.D. Drew got the Sox rolling early with a solo homer in the third inning followed with a 2-run shot in the 4th. He'd single in his next 2 at bats to finish the night 4-4. Martinez also contributed with the long ball, drilling a Shawn Camp sinker deep to right. The Sox took advantage of 3 Toronto defensive miscues as well, including a 2-base error where starter Brett Cecil threw a ball out of play without time having ever been called. Cecil would give up 6 runs, 4 earned, before being chased in the 5th inning.
Jon Lester came out struggling in the first inning, giving up back to back singles and a walk, loading the bases with 0 outs before getting a double play and a strike out to get out of the inning with only 1 run allowed. From there, he was nearly perfect, giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk over the next 7 innings, recording 5 strikeouts. Fernando Cabrera would close out the game, walking one and striking out Aaron Hill.
The Sox start a pivotal series against the Yankees tomorrow in Fenway while the Rangers get ready to take on the Rays in a battle of Wild Card threats. But perhaps more importantly, the Red Sox welcome back much missed commentator Jerry Remy for the first time in months as he returns to the booth Friday night.