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Red Sox Going For Seventh Straight Win Against Blue Jays In Canada

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Alex Gonzalez clubbed a two-run homer and added an RBI double, as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated Boston, 9-5, in the middle installment of a three-game set at Rogers Centre.

Jose Bautista blasted his MLB-best 24th home run of the season -- a solo shot in the eighth inning -- for the Blue Jays, who had dropped seven home games in a row to the Red Sox.

Kevin Gregg recorded the final out in the eighth and pitched a spotless ninth for his 20th save.

Shawn Camp (3-1) gained the win after striking out three batters in 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Brandon Morrow, who gave up five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits over four full frames.

Daniel Nava hit a two-run double for Boston, which snapped a four-game losing streak with a resounding 14-3 triumph in Friday's series opener.

John Lackey (9-5) allowed seven runs on eight hits and walked six in 4 2/3 innings to absorb the loss.

Boston picked up a run in the first inning on a bases-loaded walk to J.D. Drew, but the Blue Jays answered in their first turn at the plate.

Fred Lewis and Gonzalez hit consecutive doubles to start the bottom of the first, and back-to-back walks to Bautista and Vernon Wells loaded the bases with the tying run already in.

Adam Lind followed with a single to center field to score Gonzalez. Another run came home when Aaron Hill reached on a force out. The bases were reloaded on a base hit by Lyle Overbay, but Lackey escaped further damage by getting Edwin Encarnacion to pop out to first base and retiring Jose Molina on a fly ball to center.

Toronto's lead quickly evaporated as Nava and David Ortiz each doubled in a three-run second for the Red Sox. Marco Scutaro singled home another run for the visitors to make it 5-3 in the third.

The Blue Jays, though, tied it in the fourth when Lewis led off with a walk and scored on Gonzalez's 17th home run of the season, a line-drive smash over the left-field wall.

Toronto pulled ahead in the next inning. Hill started the fifth with a double and Overbay drew a walk. Lackey struck out Encarnacion and both runners moved up on a wild pitch before Molina lined out sharply to third. Lewis checked his swing and cued a double down the left-field line past a diving Adrian Beltre, giving the Blue Jays a 7-5 lead.

The Red Sox threatened in the top of the sixth, placing runners at second and third with two out, but Toronto reliever Jason Frasor got his team out of trouble with a groundout from Beltre.

Lind then homered to left off Dustin Richardson in the bottom of the inning to increase the advantage to three runs.

Boston center fielder Mike Cameron and Red Sox manager Terry Francona were ejected in the top of the seventh for arguing balls and strikes...The six walks issued by Lackey were a season-high...Toronto pitchers hit four batters...The Red Sox finished 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.