Boston Red Sox Team Report - August 24
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(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox try to bounce back tonight when they face the Toronto Blue Jays in the middle portion of a three-game set at SkyDome. Toronto posted a 3-0 victory on Monday, as Ted Lilly out-dueled Pedro Martinez to end the Red Sox's six-game winning streak. Boston now sits 6 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East race, and is tied with Anaheim atop the wild card -- a game above Texas. Lilly tossed a three-hitter and fanned a career-high 13 to stymie the Sox. Lilly struck out six batters in a row early in the game to set a team record. He struck out David Ortiz to end the first inning, fanned all three hitters in the second and then fanned Gabe Kapler and Mark Bellhorn to start the visitors' third. Reed Johnson hit his eighth homer of the season for Toronto, which has won four straight. Eric Hinske and Vernon Wells had an RBI each in the victory. The shutout ended a torrid stretch for Boston, which had managed a whopping 45 runs during its six-game winning spurt. Tonight, Tim Wakefield will go after his 10th victory for the BoSox. The knuckleballer has won four of his last five starts (4-1), including last Wednesday's outing against Toronto at Fenway Park. Wakefield anchored a 6-4 win by tossing eight innings and allowing two runs on five hits. Wakefield improved to 10-7 lifetime against the Blue Jays. The Red Sox will again be without catcher Jason Varitek, who dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension that resulted from a brawl with New York last month. He will miss the remainder of this series, and a game versus Detroit on Thursday. Boston is 12-5 against Toronto this season, and leads the series 47-27 since the start of the 2001 campaign.