Jays get even with Boston

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Moises Sierra is greeted at home plate by second baseman Kelly...

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Moises Sierra is greeted at home plate by second baseman Kelly Johnson after Sierra hit a 2-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Boston September 7, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/REUTERS)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:27 AM ET

BOSTON - Slowly, the Blue Jays seem to be picking up the pieces of their shattered season.

Of course, Friday’s 7-5 victory comes at the expense of a broken Boston Red Sox season.

This was Toronto’s 11th victory in 34 games since August 1 as they pulled back even with Boston in fourth place in the AL East. In the same time frame, the Red Sox now have 10 wins in 35 games.

Rightfielder Moises Sierra hit a two-run home run and Edwin Encarnacion lashed his 38th, a solo shot in the third off Boston starter Felix Doubront.

Colby Rasmus put the game on ice with a two-run shot, his 22nd, in the ninth. He also tripled and scored in the fifth inning. Encarnacion also drove in Brett Lawrie with Toronto’s first run in the first inning after Lawrie doubled in his first at-bat in 33 days.

It was Lawrie's first time back in the lineup since Aug. 3.

“Just when I walked out for warmups, I took a deep breath and I was glad to take it all in,” said Lawrie. “It felt good to be back.”

The injection of Lawrie and J.P. Arencibia, both of whom missed all of August gives this team a different look against left-handed pitching.

“It was just as if Brett picked up where he left off, creating something right off the bat to set the tone,” said manager John Farrell.

“I felt like there was a little more energy,” said Lawrie. “We had a bunch of (extra) guys in the dugout and I felt like we were on top of it. We were picking each other up. Henderson did a wonderful job. He allowed us to get back in the dugout and allowed us to keep doing what we were doing.”

Henderson Alvarez, who came into the game 0-5 with a 7.67 ERA in his last six starts, worked 6.1 innings, allowed four hits and two runs for his first win since July 28.

“He was powerful, he threw a lot of strikes, kept the ball on the ground,” said Farrell. “After the sixth inning he said there was some stiffness in his triceps so no matter what we were going to take him out after the two righthanders in the bottom of the seventh.

The Jays led 5-0 into the bottom of the fifth but the Red Sox clawed their way back into the game with single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings before Rasmus put it out of reach.

“When (Rasmus) is right, that’s as good a swing as you’re going to see,” said Farrell.


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