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  W: J. Happ (8-5)   L: J. Peavy (1-9)   S: B. Cecil (4)
4:07 PM PT5:07 PM MT6:07 PM CT7:07 PM ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 PM MST6:07 PM EST6:37 PM VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 PM CT, July 22, 2014
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 29,269

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According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Blue Jays have won four of six against the Red Sox this season, winning four straight after losing the first two. It is Toronto's longest winning streak against Boston since it won six straight in 2012.
  2. The Red Sox are 7-1 over their last eight games (since July 9), and have outscored opponents 43-18 during this span. Boston has also homered in each of its last five games, currently the second longest active streak in MLB (Reds -- 7 games).
  3. In 20 career starts against the Blue Jays, John Lackey is 5-8 with a 5.43 ERA and a .276 opponent batting average. Lackey's 5.43 ERA against the Blue Jays is his second highest against any AL opponent (5.71 vs. Rangers).
  4. In seven home starts this season, Drew Hutchison is 2-4 with a 6.75 ERA and a .275 opponent batting average. Hutchison's 6.75 ERA at home is the second highest in MLB this season (Colby Lewis, Tex -- 8.40, min. 5 GS).
  5. Brock Holt has had at least a hit in eight consecutive road games, and has had multiple hits in five of these eight games. Over these eight road games, Holt is batting .486 with two home runs and four RBI.
  6. Melky Cabrera currently has a nine-game hitting streak going against the Red Sox. Over these nine games against Boston, he is hitting .342 with two home runs and six RBI.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/21/2014 thru 7/24/2014

By JEFF MEZYDLO

STATS Senior Writer

(AP) -- Paced by a productive offense, the Boston Red Sox continue to build confidence amid their current surge.

Coming off their highest-scoring game of the season, the visiting Red Sox look for a sixth consecutive victory Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.

A winner in eight of nine since losing seven of eight, Boston (47-52) owns a 38-6 scoring advantage while batting .333 during a five-game winning streak that has helped pull the club out of last place in the AL East.

"There's good energy throughout," manager John Farrell said.

David Ortiz hit two of the Red Sox's four home runs Monday and they also recorded a season-high 18 hits in the 14-1 rout of Toronto (51-49).

"Our offense is kind of coming along lately," said Ortiz, who was 1 for 17 in his previous four games. "There's no better time for it."

Ortiz's 453rd career home run in the fifth moved him past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place all-time. He's 5 for 27 in his last seven games against the Blue Jays, but four of those hits were home runs.

Teammate Mike Napoli is 7 for 12 in his last three games and has homered in two straight. He's 8 for 16 versus Toronto in 2014.

Jake Peavy (1-8, 4.59 ERA) allowed seven runs in 5 2-3 innings of his first start against the Blue Jays in 2010, but is 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in six outings since. He yielded a homer to Juan Francisco and four other hits in seven innings of an 8-1 victory at Rogers Centre on April 25.

Since then, the right-hander has gone 0-8 with a 5.21 ERA in 14 starts.

Peavy, however, has a 2.84 ERA despite going 0-2 and receiving three runs of support while on the mound in his last three. He gave up three runs and struck out nine in seven innings of a 3-2 loss at Houston on July 12.

"It's not even the run support, it's just finding a way to win on that day," Peavy told MLB's official website. "I've pitched in tight games my whole career and found a way to put us in better situations to win those tight games."

Francisco, who is 2 for 3 versus Peavy, had the lone RBI and one of the three hits Monday for Toronto, which is tied for second in the East after going 13-25 since entering play on June 7 with a six-game division lead.

"The best thing about (Monday's game) is it's over with," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Toronto slugger Jose Bautista has not homered in 14 straight games and is 3 for 20 in his last six. He's 4 for 20 without a homer against Peavy.

J.A. Happ (7-5, 4.91) is making his first start since giving up five runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on July 7, but gave up two runs and three hits in 2-3 innings of relief at Tampa Bay on July 12.

The left-hander is 2-2 with a 5.47 ERA in five starts versus Boston. He prevailed at Fenway Park on May 20 despite giving up four runs in five innings of a 7-4 victory.

While Napoli is 3 for 6 versus Happ, Ortiz is 0 for 4 against him.

Updated July 21, 2014

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