Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 1

TORONTO -- Third baseman Brett Lawrie drove in two runs with a homer and a double and right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The Blue Jays (12-13) avoided a sweep in the three-game series with the Red Sox (12-14) with the victory on R.A. Dickey Bobblehead Day.

Dickey (2-3) allowed five hits, no walks and one run with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.

Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester (2-4) allowed five hits, no walks and four runs and had seven strikeouts over seven innings.

Right-hander Steve Delabar took over from Dickey with one out in the seventh after a double by shortstop Xander Bogaerts put runners at second and third. Delabar ended the threat on a pop foul to third by center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr., and a fly to deep center by catcher David Ross.

The Blue Jays increased their lead to 4-1 with two runs in the home seventh. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion and Lawrie opened the innings with doubles to produce one run. A deep fly out by designated hitter Juan Francisco moved Lawrie to third and he scored on a ground out to Lester by right fielder Moises Sierra.

The Blue Jays added three runs in the eighth on singles by shortstop Jose Reyes, left fielder Melky Cabrera and right fielder Jose Bautista against left-hander Andrew Miller. Encarnacion drove in two runs with a double to center against right-hander Burke Badenhop.

Delabar also pitched the top of the eighth and right-hander Esmil Rogers pitched the ninth for Toronto.

The Red Sox strung together two-out singles in the second by right fielder Jonny Gomes, Bogaerts and Bradley to take a 1-0 lead.

Lawrie tied the game with his sixth homer of the season on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the home second.

The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead in the third on a single by catcher Josh Thole, a sacrifice by second baseman Jonathan Diaz and a two-out double by Cabrera.

NOTES: Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts singled in the second inning to extend his hit streak to 10 games, the longest this season by the Red Sox. ... Blue Jays INF Jonathan Diaz, who played five games for Boston last season, was presented with a World Series ring by the Red Sox during the series. ... The Blue Jays open a three-game series at Kansas City on Tuesday. RHP Dustin McGowan (1-1, 6.88 ERA) will start against LHP Jason Vargas (2-0, 1.54 ERA) of the Royals. ... The Red Sox open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Tuesday and will start RHP John Lackey (3-2, 4.22 ERA) in the opener against the Rays' LHP Erik Bedard (0-1, 7.45 ERA).

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