Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Darnell McDonald and David Ortiz hit back-to- back home runs in the sixth inning after Boston ended Jesse Litsch's no-hit bid, sending the Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Marco Scutaro had Boston's first hit, a double, before the homers from McDonald and Ortiz. Daisuke Matsuzaka (6-3) pitched six shutout innings before giving up a two-run homer to Aaron Hill in the seventh. However, he still got the victory after the Boston bullpen closed the game.
Litsch (0-4) ended up with the loss, giving up the three runs, four hits and a walk in seven innings.
Boston had lost four in a row heading into this series, but won two of three and heads into the All-Star break with a 51-37 record, third in the American League East.
Toronto goes into the break with a 44-45 record, having stumbled since posting a 31-22 mark through the end of May.
It was a scoreless game through five full innings, and Litsch struck out the first two batters he faced in the sixth. However, Scutaro followed with a double to center, and the game kept going in Boston's favor from there.
Litsch got behind McDonald and threw a 3-1 changeup over the heart of the plate, and McDonald hit it over the left-field fence for a 2-0 edge. Ortiz followed by hitting an inside slider to right for his 18th homer of the season.
Armed with a lead, Matsuzaka worked a scoreless bottom of the sixth, but gave up a leadoff single to Adam Lind in the seventh. Matsuzaka then left a pitch up in the zone for Hill, who hammered it to left to get the Blue Jays within 3-2.
The hit chased Matsuzaka, though Bard came in and got through the inning and worked a 1-2-3 eighth. Papelbon came in for the ninth and gave up a two-out single to Lyle Overbay, but retired John Buck to end the game.
Matsuzaka allowed six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five in his six-plus innings...Bard has not allowed a run over his last 10 outings (10 innings)...Hill's home run was his 12th of the season and Toronto's MLB- leading 136th.