Jose Bautista's three-run homer was all the Blue Jays needed Sunday afternoon. (Getty Images)

Jose Bautista's home run, R.A. Dickey's knuckleball do in Red Sox

Rob Bradford
September 07, 2014 - 12:52 pm
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The Red Sox are now one loss away from officially being eliminated from the American League East. While such a fate has been a forgone conclusion for some time, coming on the short end of a meeting with the Blue Jays offered at least a bit of surprise. This was a Toronto team, after all, that had dropped the first two games of the teams' series, having lost one of their best players -- Melky Cabrera -- for the season Friday night. But some of the same old issues came back to haunt the Sox Sunday, with Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey teaming with relievers Brett Cecil and Casey Jannsen to hold the hosts to just six hits en route to a 3-1 loss for John Farrell's club to the Jays. Not helping matters for the Red Sox was their continued inability to get runners in from scoring position, going 1-for-9 in such situations. They also were held to one or fewer runs for the 28th time this season after finishing '13 with 20 such games. Dickey pitched into the eighth inning, allowing one run on six hits while striking out four and now walking a batter. He also found himself going up against fellow knuckleballer Steven Wright after the Red Sox reliever replaced starter Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth. De La Rosa was driven from the game after allowing the biggest blow of the game, a three-run shot off the bat of Jose Bautista. Wright finished his five-inning relief outing allowing just two hits, not allowing a run while striking out six and not walking a batter. De La Rosa is now winless in his last five starts, dating back to Aug. 16. He finished allowing three runs on seven hits over four innings, matching his shortest outing of the season. The only Red Sox run came in the sixth inning when Xander Bogaerts singled in Daniel Nava. Bogaerts joined Mookie Betts as the only two Sox hitters to come away with multiple-hit afternoons. The bottom four hitters in the Red Sox lineup -- Allen Craig, Will Middlebrooks, Jackie Bradley and Christian Vazquez -- went a combined 0-for-13. The Red Sox finish with a 7-12 mark against the Blue Jays this season, including going 2-7 at Fenway Park.

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