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(Sunday, September 22nd)
Final Score: Boston 5, Toronto 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jackie Bradley, Jr. hit a three-run homer and Felix Doubront tossed seven effective innings, as Boston took a 5-2 decision over Toronto in the rubber match of a three-game series from Fenway Park.
David Ortiz added a solo shot and Ryan Lavarnway also drove in a run for the Red Sox, who showed no signs of slowing down despite having clinched the AL East title on Friday.
"The energy that's here once again has been our advantage," said Red Sox manager John Farrell about his club recovering from 2011's September collapse and a last-place finish in 2012. "We've heard a lot about the last two Septembers, but it hasn't entered the minds of anyone in this clubhouse."
Boston also reached the 95-win plateau for the first time since 2009 and the seventh time since 2003.
Doubront (11-6) gave up four hits and two runs for the duration of his outing, while Franklin Morales and Koji Uehara each tossed scoreless frames with the latter picking up his 21st save.
Kevin Pillar homered and knocked in both runs for the Blue Jays, while R.A. Dickey (13-13) surrendered six hits and five runs over eight full frames, fanning 11 in defeat.
Pillar singled home Mark DeRosa with two outs in the second, but the Sox erupted in the home half to take a 4-1 lead on Lavarnway's two-out RBI single followed by a three-run blast from Bradley. Daniel Nava began the rally with a one-out single and Stephen Drew kept the inning alive with a two-out base hit.
Pillar's homer to start the fifth pulled the Jays within two, but Ortiz responded in kind to begin the Boston sixth and restore a three-run edge.
"I threw maybe two or three that I really regret and two of them got hit out," Dickey said. "I had a good knuckleball, I've had a good knuckleball for quite some time and I expected better from what I felt and what I saw the ball doing."
Doubront retired the final nine batters he faced after the Toronto blast, then Morales worked out of an eighth-inning jam by fanning Adam Lind with runners on first and second.
Uehara sewed up the victory with a spotless ninth.
The Red Sox took 11 of 19 games from the Blue Jays in 2013, winning six of 10 at Fenway ... Doubront ended up with a 4.08 ERA in 28 games (27 starts), tossing 161 innings ... Dickey completed his campaign with a 4.27 ERA in 33 starts, having tossed 217 1/3 innings ... Boston completes its 2013 regular season with five games on the road, starting Tuesday in Colorado, while Toronto heads to Chicago's southside Monday for a make-up contest.
09/22 19:53:55 ET
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