BOSTON – The Red Sox closed out the home portion of their regular season with a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays Sunday afternoon.
Felix Doubront –who is expected to move to the bullpen after this outing -- earned the win for the Sox, improving to 11-6. He went seven innings, giving up two run on four hits, including a home run, and two walks, with two strikeouts, and a wild pitch.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey took the loss, falling to 13-13. He went eight innings, giving up five runs on six hits and walk with 11 strikeouts.
Toronto scored first, getting a run in the second when Mark DeRosa walked with one out, followed by singles from Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar.
With one out in the second, Daniel Nava singled, before Will Middlebrooks flied out. After singles by Stephen Drew and Ryan Lavarnway, scoring Nava, Bradley’s home run gave the Sox a three-run lead.
Pillar, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, led off the fifth with his second home run of the season, cutting Toronto’s deficit to 4-2.
But David Ortiz, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, led off the sixth with his 29th home run of the season, putting Boston ahead, 5-2.
Franklin Morales pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Koji Uehara earned his 21st save of the season with a perfect ninth.
STAR OF THE GAME: Jackie Bradley
Bradley’s three –run home run in second inning would prove to be the difference in the game. It was his third career home run.
In his last three games he is 5-for-10, batting .500 with a double, a home run, and three RBI.
HONORABLE MENTION: Felix Doubront
Pitching for the first time since Sept. 6, Doubront earned the win for the Sox, improving to 11-6. He went seven innings, giving up two run on four hits, including a home run, and two walks, with two strikeouts, and a wild pitch.
His 11th win of the season matches his career high for the second straight season.
THE GOAT: R.A. Dickey
Dickey took the loss, falling to 13-13. He went eight innings, giving up five runs on six hits and walk with 11 strikeouts.
THE TURNING POINT
Bradley’s three-run home run in the second inning would give the Sox all the runs they would need.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Sox are the first major league team to 95 wins this season, reaching that mark for the first time since 2009.
QUOTE OF NOTE
“No, I actually didn’t. When it went in the air, I was like ‘Oh, man, please keep going.’ I think it got in on me a little bit, but I just got enough of it.” – Jackie Bradley, if he thought he got enough on his drive for his second-inning, three-run home run