Following a 13-12 slugfest in the opener, the Sox rode an outstanding effort by Clay Buchholz to a 2-1 victory Tuesday night. It continued a remarkable run of close games for Boston, which has recorded each of its last six wins by one run.
The final game of the set offers an opportunity for Jon Lester to get his first win of the season.
Mike Lowell, who pinch hit for David Ortiz in the eighth inning Tuesday and forced in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk, will likely be in the lineup against Toronto lefty Brett Cecil.
The Sox have won 11 of their last 17 games at Rogers Centre.
LHP Jon Lester (0-2, 6.23 ERA) vs. LHP Brett Cecil (1-1, 5.40 ERA)
It was a baby step forward for Lester his last time out. After three rough outings, he managed to go 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a 4-3 win over Baltimore.
Lester was still tough on himself after, due in large part to the four walks he allowed. Control has been an issue as the southpaw has issued 13 free passes in 21 2/3 innings.
In nine career starts against Toronto, Lester is 4-3 with a 3.03 ERA.
Cecil was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace the injured Brian Tallet and picked up a win in his first start Friday at Tampa Bay. He gave up four runs and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings.
The 23-year-old lefty has been reached for 14 runs — 12 earned — in just nine innings against Boston.
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Marco Scutaro, SS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Victor Martinez, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Varitek, C
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Bill Hall, LF
Darnell McDonald, CF
Mike McCoy, LF
Aaron Hill, 2B
Jose Batista, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Alex Gonzalez, SS
Randy Ruiz, DH
Jose Molina, C
John McDonald, 3B
Lester needs to take that next step, especially with his counterpart atop the rotation, Josh Beckett, continuing to struggle. The Jays give him a good chance to do so. Not only has Lester had great success in the series, but Toronto's free-swinging ways in 2010 present a juicy matchup.
The Sox get a day off after the series is over. They would love to take a sweep into the off day and then head to Baltimore, a second home to the club over the years, on a good note.