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Division lead gets smaller
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3
Jon Lester allowed one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. (Adrian Wyld/AP)
Eric Gagne could not get the job done on Tuesday, as the Sox dropped their second straight to the Blue Jays. Jon Lester was solid over 6 2/3 innings, but Gagne was tagged for three runs in the decisive eighth inning. Boston's lead over New York in the AL East was sliced to 2 1/2 games.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (90-62)
Lost 3
Toronto 4, Boston 3   TOR
Toronto (76-75)
Won 2
September 18, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1   3 9 0
Toronto
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 X   4 5 1
Standings thru 9/18/07  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox Stats  |  Blue Jays Stats
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ellsbury, CF5010031.367
Pedroia, 2B4110001.320
Ortiz, DH4011031.321
Lowell, 3B3110101.329
Drew, RF3010112.261
Hinske, 1B4000023.215
Varitek, C4021010.254
Moss, LF3000114.182
Lugo, SS4121011.241
Totals3439331214 

BATTING
2B: Varitek (14, Burnett), Ortiz (47, Burnett).
HR: Lugo (7, 9th inning off Burnett, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Ellsbury; Pedroia; Ortiz 2; Lowell; Drew; Varitek 3; Lugo 5.
RBI: Varitek (63), Ortiz (107), Lugo (71).
2-out RBI: Varitek; Ortiz; Lugo.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lowell; Moss 2; Drew.
GIDP: Moss; Ellsbury.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Ellsbury (7, 2nd base off Burnett/Zaun).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Drew (Zaun at home).

 
TorontoABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Wells, CF3100101.246
Johnson, LF4000011.245
Rios, RF3011100.299
Thomas, DH3010101.271
  1-Thigpen, PR-DH0100000.203
Hill, 2B4110013.277
Stairs, 1B2100200.299
  Overbay, 1B0000000.242
Zaun, C3011123.248
Luna, 3B2000111.174
  a-Adams, PH-3B1012000.310
Olmedo, SS3000002.185
Totals284547512 

a-Doubled for Luna in the 8th.
1-Ran for Thomas in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Rios (40, Lester), Adams (2, Gagne).
TB: Rios 2; Thomas; Hill; Zaun; Adams 2.
RBI: Rios (81), Zaun (47), Adams 2 (4).
2-out RBI: Zaun; Adams 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zaun 2.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Zaun (8, throw).
DP: 2 (Burnett-Olmedo-Stairs, Hill-Olmedo-Stairs).

 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lester 6.23114504.45
Delcarmen (H, 9)0.10000002.35
Gagne (BS, 4)(L, 3-2)1.02333004.18
 
TorontoIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Burnett (W, 9-7)8.293331113.40
Downs (S, 1)0.10000102.29

IBB: Lowell (by Burnett).
Pitches-strikes: Lester 108-66, Delcarmen 3-1, Gagne 32-13, Burnett 124-77, Downs 5-3.
Ground outs-fly outs: Lester 6-9, Delcarmen 0-1, Gagne 1-1, Burnett 11-4, Downs 0-0.
Batters faced: Lester 27, Delcarmen 1, Gagne 7, Burnett 36, Downs 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Delcarmen 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Ed Rapuano. 1B: Ed Hickox. 2B: Scott Barry. 3B: CB Bucknor.
Weather: 68 degrees, clear.
Wind: 9 mph, R to L.
T: 2:50.
Att: 32,290.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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