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Red Sox Take Two From Jays, Clinch East

Blue_Jays_Red_Sox_Bas_t618The Red Sox finished their final home stand of the regular season with a series win over the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Red Sox not only took two out of three games from the Blue Jays, but they also clinched first place in the American League East.

Game one of the series featured Jon Lester on the mound against Jays starter, Esmil Rogers. Lester had another dominant outing, pitching seven innings and only giving up one run on 123 pitches. Lester earned his 15th win of the season and led the Sox to a 6-3 win over the Jays.

Koji Uehara came in for the save with only one out in the eighth inning, after Junichi Tazawa struggled, giving up a two-run home run to Adam Lind.

With two outs in the ninth inning and a runner on second base, the crowd began chanting, “Koji, Koji,” and the Fenway Faithful stood as one as Uehara proceeded to strike out Brett Lawrie to end the game. Uehara raced towards catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and jumped into his arms, as the two teammates embraced. The rest of the players sprinted out of the dugout and joined the celebration at the pitchers mound.

The players wore their American League East champion shirts as they celebrated in the clubhouse and later on the field when they included the fans in the champagne celebration.

This is the Red Sox first division title since they clinched it back in 2007.

The Blue Jays won the second game of the series 4-2, as Clay Buchholz suffered his first loss of the season. Buchholz gave up three runs during his outing, even though he appeared to be sharper in his second appearance back from the disabled list.

Ryan Dempster came into the game in relief, only a couple days after being moved to the bullpen, and was able to get out of a fist and second jam, shutting down the Jays threat to tack on more runs.

Though the Sox were able to mount a bit of a comeback, they fell short and lost a tough game.

The series finale and final home game of the regular season fared much better for the Sox. Felix Doubront pitched seven innings and only allowed two runs; as the Sox secured their 95th win of the season.

Jackie Bradley Jr. and David Ortiz both hit home runs off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Bradley hit a three-run shot into the Jays bullpen, while Ortiz’s solo shot hit the 380 mark in right field.

Uehara entered the game in the ninth inning and recorded his 21st save of the season.  The Red Sox finished the season with an 11-8 record against the Blue Jays in 2013.

The Sox will now head to Colorado for a two-game series, before finishing out the season in Baltimore, Friday-Sunday.

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