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Lind's ninth-inning homer lifts Blue Jays past Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Adam Lind's lead-off home run in the ninth inning gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday at Fenway Park.

With the game tied after eight innings, Lind led off the ninth by greeting Junichi Tazawa, who had just entered the game, with his second home run of the season to straightaway center field.

"I don't really want to talk about it too much," Lind said. "That's when things go bad. But it was one of those days where I'll enjoy it and get back tomorrow."

Neither starter was involved in the decision.

Toronto's Mark Buehrle went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. It was his best outing of the season.

"That's vintage Buehrle right there," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He had it going today; a tough day to pitch. A short left-field wall and you had the wind the blowing out. That's as good as it gets."

Buehrle credited his performance to three things.

"First-pitch strikes, (keeping) the ball down, and, to be honest, the third one was luck," Buehrle said. "There was a pitch I threw to [Stephen] Drew in the fourth inning, probably the exact same pitch I threw at home [on May 1] and he hit it for a three-run homer. It was one of those days I had the majority of my pitches working down in the zone and when I did miss they didn't make me pay for it. A big part of this game is luck and I had that on my side today."

Clay Buchholz of Boston pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

"Overall, I felt pretty good about it," Buchholz said. "I left a couple pitches up with runners in scoring position. They were able to put a bat on it. I've got to make better pitches at that point in the game."

"Both guys settled in and pitched extremely well," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "Seemingly, after the second inning, Buehrle really settled into a very good rhythm. As we know he works extremely fast; lived on the edge the whole game."

The Blue Jays got a run in the third when Colby Rasmus led off with a double, took second on Munenori Kawasaki's groundout, and scored on Melky Cabrera's two-out single.

Toronto added a run in the fourth when Lind led off with single, went to second on Brett Lawrie's groundout and scored on Rasmus' single that made the score 2-0.

After a two-out single by David Ortiz in the third inning, Buehrle retired the next 13 Red Sox batters before issuing a lead-off walk to David Ross in the eighth, which ended his outing.

Darren Oliver entered and allowed a run-scoring triple to Jacoby Ellsbury. With one out, shortstop Kawasaki's error on Dustin Pedroia's grounder allowed Ellsbury to score, tying the game.

Oliver (2-1) earned the victory and Casey Janssen earned his 10th save with a scoreless ninth.

Tazawa took the loss, falling to 2-2.

NOTES: Outfielder Rajai Davis of Toronto, who left Friday's game in the sixth inning because of a left oblique strain, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. ... RHP Brandon Morrow of the Blue Jays was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday because of lingering soreness in his upper back and neck. He is tentatively scheduled to start Wednesday against the Giants. ... RHP Chad Jenkins was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday morning to make his season debut for the Blue Jays with a start on Sunday in Boston. Jenkins has made only one minor league appearance this season, going five innings in a May 6 start, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout. He began the season on the disabled list because of right shoulder injury before being activated for the start. ... Switch-hitting SS Maicer Izturis, whose fifth-inning double Friday night against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester accounted for the Blue Jays' only baserunner of the game, was not in the starting lineup Saturday to face right-hander Clay Buchholz. ... RHP Joel Hanrahan of Boston said Saturday morning he has opted for surgery to repair the torn flexor tendon muscle in his elbow. This will end his season. Doctors won't know if he will also need Tommy John surgery, which would require a longer rehab process than the six-to-nine months required after flexor tendon surgery, until they operate on the elbow and get a better look at the joint. ... Boston RHP Andrew Bailey, who was been on the disabled list since April 29, threw long toss on Saturday, throwing from about 120 feet on flat ground. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but there is no timetable for him to be activated. Bailey would need to pitch from a mound before the Red Sox could consider a return, and that is not expected to happen before early next week. ... Ortiz's third-inning single snapped an 0-for-17 slide. ... Jose Bautista went 2-for-3 with his team-leading 20th walk of the season. ... Ellsbury, who entered the game tied for the major league lead in triples, hit his fourth of the season, in the eighth inning.
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