The Red Sox completed a three game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays last night in front of a scant crowd of 15,276 at the Rogers Center. This series finale turned out to be a pitcher’s duel, but it was the Sox who came out on top, 2-0. Jon Lester was on the mound for the Sox. He went seven innings, recorded 11 strikeouts, and no earned runs on 119 pitches. With his stellar performance, Lester grabbed his first win of the season and his lower his ERA to 4.71. Brett Cecil started for the Blue Jays. He gave up just one run on five hits in six innings pitched.
Daniel Bard came into the game in the 8th for the Sox, giving up a double and then striking out three left handed hitters to retire the side. Jonathon Papelbon closed out the game for his seventh save of the season. Papelbon is now seven for seven in save opportunities for the Sox in 2010.
Marco Scutaro, Adrian Beltre, and Darnell McDonald all recorded two hits for the Sox on the night. With David Ortiz out of the line-up again, Victor Martinez got the call in the DH slot and Jason Varitek filled the void behind the plate.
The Sox are back to .500 and they moved one game ahead of Toronto for 3rd place in the East with the win last night.
The Sox have today off before beginning a three game series in Baltimore.