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(Sports Network) – Right-hander Clay Buchholz can avoid both a three-game sweep
for Boston and a three-game losing streak for himself when the Red Sox host the
Toronto Blue Jays in the finale of a weekend series at Fenway Park. Michael Turner Jersey . A 17-game winner two
seasons ago before he was limited to just 14 starts in 2011, Buchholz got win
No. 11 this year with eight innings of three-run ball against Baltimore on Aug.
16 at Camden Yards. Hes dropped two decisions in three subsequent tries at win
No. 12, allowing 24 hits and 15 runs in 19 1/3 innings in two starts against the
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and another at Seattle. The Red Sox had won five
of his previous six starts dating back to mid-July, while he trimmed his earned
run average from 5.19 to 4.19. Buchholz last faced the Blue Jays on June 1 in
Toronto and was a 7-2 winner after allowing six hits and two runs with seven
strikeouts in eight innings. Hes 8-3 in 13 career meetings with them, with a
2.55 ERA. The Blue Jays go with righty Carlos Villanueva, who can get back above
.500 for his big-league career in his 298th appearance. The 28-year-old
Dominican has won 33 decisions and lost 33 decisions dating back to his 2006
debut with the Milwaukee Brewers. He won 20 games with the Brewers through 2010
and has won 13 times with Toronto in the subsequent two seasons since a December
2010 trade. Villanueva was 6-0 this season before a prolonged skid in August saw
him lose four consecutive decisions over five starts before he finally downed
Tampa Bay, 2-0, with six innings of five-hit ball on Aug. 30. In one September
start, he was beaten, 12-0, by Baltimore after allowing six runs on seven hits
in 6 2/3 innings. Villanueva, who beat Boston on July 21 for his fifth win of
2012, is 2-1 lifetime against the Red Sox with a 4.50 ERA in 18 innings. On
Saturday, Anthony Gose drove in five runs and hit his first career home run as
Toronto trampled the Red Sox, 9-2. “His contact point has gotten to a much
better place on the front edge of the plate,” Toronto manager John Farrell said.
“He turns on a good fastball and he shows you the power thats in there.”
Yunel Escobar also hit a home run, his ninth of the season. His leadoff homer
started a five-run inning for the Blue Jays. Brad Lincoln (1-0) came in to pitch
when play resumed after rain delayed the game in the fifth inning. Starter
Aaron Laffey pitched effectively through 4 2/3 innings, allowing just four hits
and two runs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5) was charged with the loss, lasting just 1
1/3 innings, getting rocked for five runs on five hits before being relieved.
“Its tiring,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. “Guys are tired of playing
from behind, Ill guarantee you that. The bullpen is tired of just eating up
innings. Its tough.” Pedro Ciriaco and Scott Podsednik drove in runs in the Red
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nine innings of work from six different pitchers and manager Rick Forney got
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a pass rushing presence. NEW YORK —Lucas Duda popped the ball up in the first
inning, then jogged up the first-base line. When the ball dropped behind third
baseman Gil Velazquez into short left field, he wound up with only a single. An
inning later, Mets manager Terry Collins pulled Duda from the game. Even when
New York won at home for the first time in nearly a month, the Mets couldnt do
it without controversy. “I know he didnt do it on purpose,” Collins said after
Friday nights 7-3 win over the Miami Marlins. “But as I told him when he came
off the field, weve made a statement here. Were not going to play the game like
that, especially right now. Had we won 10 of the last 12 or 15 of the last 20,
you can kind of turn your head. But I couldnt turn my head tonight.”
Scott Hairston hit a two-run homer and RBI triple, Ike Davis homered and
Jonathon Niese reached 12 wins for the first time in his career. Coming off a
16-1 wipeout against Philadelphia, New York had lost nine straight at home since
beating Houston on Aug. 26. The Mets won for only the fifth time in their last
30 games at Citi Field. While loud rap music played in the clubhouse after the
game, there was the lingering sour aftertaste of Dudas blunder. “I hit a ball
that I felt I should have hit but I didnt and I was frustrated,” he said. “I
didnt bust down the line and Terry pulled me out. Thats pretty much how it is. I
would have done the same thing. ... I didnt hustle, and he took me out.” With
three runs in the first and two more in the second, the Mets ended a team-record
streak of 16 home games without scoring more than three runs. “David came
through the dugout before the game, giving everybody a high-5 for five, for five
runs,” Collins said of David Wright. “It worked out.” Fourth-place New York
(67-83) would have dropped into the NL East cellar with a loss but instead
opened a 1 1/2-game lead over the last-place Marlins (66-55). “It felt like a
playoff game win,” Collins said somewhat sarcastically. It was a messy game to
watch. In the first two innings, a team missed a popup and a fly ball, botched a
grounder and threw a run-scoring wild pitch. In a surprise, the guilty club was
the Marlins, not the Mets. “The way we play the first three innings, it was
embarrassing,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I think if I was pitching in
thhat game, I might fight with somebody. Julio Jones Game Jersey. ” Former Met
Jose Reyes a brutal night at shortstop, blowing a double play on a line drive
and making a throwing error on a grounder. Guillen dropped his face into his
hand when Reyes caught Davis fifth-inning line drive, then failed to realize he
could have doubled up Daniel Murphy at second base. “It is embarrassing, yeah,”
Reyes said. “I need to just stay focused. But its in the past. Weve got another
game tomorrow.” Did Reyes lose track out of the outs? “He lose track of a lot of
things today,” Guillen said. “He had a bad game. Mentally, he had a bad game.
First game we see him do that. That happens. Hopefully that wont happen for the
rest of the season. But I dont think he was there much.” Miamis abysmal
performance also included a dropped third strike and Justin Ruggianos failed
attempt at a diving catch on Hairstons triple that led to the left fielder
leaving with a sprained right shoulder. If not for generous scoring, six of the
Mets runs could have been unearned. Niese (12-9) allowed three runs and seven
hits in 6 1-3 innings as New York won for just the second time in 12 games
overall. “It had been a while, but its real fun, turn on the music and
celebrating with the teammates,” Niese said. “The last few games at home have
been pretty rough.” Jacob Turner (1-3) gave up six runs—three earned—and
eight hits in five innings. Murphy singled with one out in the first and stole
second, and Ike Davis hard two-out grounder went past second baseman
Donovan Solano for an RBI single, a play at first ruled an error by official
scorer Howie Karpin. Hairston followed with his career-best 18th home run, a
drive into the left-field seats that was the Mets first extra-base hit in the
first three innings at Citi Field since Aug. 22, according to STATS LLC. “It was
a very ugly and very embarrassing game for us. At least for me,” Guillen said.
“I hope it was an embarrassing game for them, too.” NOTES: A day after the Mets
drew a record-low crowd of 20,010 to Citi Field, attendance was 25,446. ...
Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton missed his third straight game because of a
strained muscle in his side. Guillen said Stanton also wont play Saturday
afternoon. “Hes not a Spider-Man to be ready tomorrow,” Guillen said. ’ ’ ’ 

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