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  W: R. Dickey (8-10)   L: C. Buchholz (5-6)   S: C. Janssen (15)
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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) -- Clay Buchholz wasn't sharp in his last outing for the Boston Red Sox, but he's pitched relatively well since coming off the disabled list a month ago.

The right-hander has usually been on his game in Toronto.

Looking to win a third straight start, Buchholz tries to continue his road success against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Buchholz (5-5, 5.46 ERA) went 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts before a hyperextended knee kept him out a month, but since returning is 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA and one walk in five outings. He allowed four runs and 10 hits over six innings but came out ahead in Friday's 5-4 win over Kansas City.

He had a 3.72 ERA while losing his first two starts at Toronto (52-49), but is 8-0 with a 1.41 ERA in the last nine there. He gave up three runs in seven innings of a 7-6 victory at Rogers Centre on April 26.

His most recent outing versus Toronto came at Fenway Park on May 21, when he allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 6-4 defeat to fall to 0-3 with a 4.18 ERA in his last five there versus Toronto.

Boston (47-53) averaged 6.3 runs while winning eight of nine but didn't score until the eighth inning Tuesday, when its five-game winning streak ended with a 7-3 loss. David Ortiz and Stephen Drew each homered for the second straight night.

Ortiz is 4 for 10 with three homers in the series after going 1 for 17 in his previous four games. Five of the seven hits in his last 32 at-bats against the Blue Jays have been home runs.

His 36 homers at Rogers Centre match Alex Rodriguez for the most by a visiting player.

"He's very comfortable hitting in this ballpark," manager John Farrell said.

Ortiz is 4 for 12 with two doubles and a homer against R.A. Dickey (7-10, 3.95), who yielded a run in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-1 home victory over Boston on April 27.

Looking to avoid a third straight losing start, the right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.56 ERA in four home outings since posting a 2.33 ERA during a four-start winning streak there. He allowed five runs over seven innings of a 5-1 loss to Texas there Friday.

Though Dickey has a 3.54 ERA in losing six of his last seven while getting just 12 runs of support, he's only focused on himself.

"I have a hard enough time tending to my own garden," Dickey said.

"If I can just concentrate on being me and hopefully I'll get us deep into the ballgame with a chance to win the game. That's all I can do. And that's all I try to do."

Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro each homered Tuesday for the Blue Jays, who have won three of four after losing nine of 11.

Reyes is 7 for 17 with four RBIs in the last four games, and is 5 for 14 versus Buchholz.

Navarro has homered in two straight contests, and is hitting .343 with seven RBIs in his last nine. He's 4 for 8 against Buchholz.

Updated July 23, 2014

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