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According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Toronto has won six straight and 10 of its 13 meetings with Boston this season. Its 10 wins against the Red Sox are the most wins by any team against Boston this season.
  2. The Red Sox have been outscored 46-21 during their current eight-game losing streak, scoring three runs or less seven times during that streak.
  3. The Blue Jays have split their last 10 home games. Toronto is averaging 4.6 runs at home this season -- the second-highest mark among AL clubs.
  4. J.A. Happ has lost three consecutive starts and is winless in his last five outings. Happ has won each of his two starts against the Red Sox this season.
  5. Clay Buchholz is 0-3 with a 7.05 ERA in his last six starts and will be seeking his first win since July 18. Buchholz has 10 wins in his career against Toronto which are the most wins in his career against any opponent.
  6. Edwin Encarnacion has been held without a hit in six of his last of his last 10 games after recording at least one hit in each of his previous 11 contests. Encarnacion has homered twice in two of his last three games against Boston and has 11 RBI against them this season -- his most RBI against any opponent.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/25/2014 thru 8/27/2014

By TAYLOR BECHTOLD

STATS Writer

(AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays haven't been able to break out of their August slump, though a home series against the AL East-worst Boston Red Sox brings reason for optimism.

The Blue Jays look to begin a turnaround Monday night when they go after their seventh consecutive victory against the Red Sox, who have lost eight in a row overall and could be without David Ortiz.

Drew Hutchison provided a rare solid pitching performance Sunday, but Toronto (66-64) suffered its 14th loss in 20 games this month, 2-1 in 10 innings to visiting Tampa Bay.

Evan Longoria singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th as the Blue Jays fell short of their second series win in August.

"We gotta ... I don't know, just find a way," Monday's starter J.A. Happ told MLB's official website. "It starts with pitching."

Though Toronto's starters have posted a 5.50 ERA this month, Hutchison gave the club something to build on by allowing one run over six innings Sunday.

Now Happ (8-8, 4.39 ERA) will try to avoid his fourth straight defeat after giving up four runs over 3 1-3 innings in Tuesday's 6-1 loss at Milwaukee. He may be able to regroup at home, where he's 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA in his last four starts.

The left-hander has pitched well against the Red Sox (56-74), going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts over the past two seasons. He's won both meetings in 2014, allowing four runs over five innings in a May road win before throwing six shutout innings in a 7-3 home victory in July.

Mike Napoli is 4 for 9 lifetime when facing Happ, but hitless in six at-bats since missing three games with back spasms. Allen Craig is 6 for 10 with two home runs in the matchup and was 2 for 4 in Sunday's 8-6 home loss to Seattle.

Ortiz has batted .171 versus Toronto this season, but has five homers and 10 RBIs. The veteran slugger, however, could be held out after fouling a ball off his right foot in his third plate appearance and leaving in the sixth inning.

That doesn't bode well for a Boston team trying to avoid its ninth straight defeat after losing 10 in a row earlier this season.

The Red Sox have dropped Clay Buchholz's last six starts while he's gone 0-3 with a 7.05 ERA. The right-hander allowed six runs over six innings in an 8-3 home loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

"For us to snap out of where we are, this is going to come from us on the mound," manager John Farrell said.

Buchholz (5-8, 5.94) is 10-8 with a 3.18 ERA in 21 career starts against the Blue Jays, but he's 1-3 with a 7.15 mark in his four matchups this season. He's split his two meetings at Rogers Centre, allowing three runs over seven innings in a 7-6 win April 26 before giving up five over six in a 6-4 loss July 23.

Edwin Encarnacion had been 1 for 21 against Buchholz before hitting two home runs in three at-bats against him this season. He's also batting .375 with four homers and 11 RBIs in this season series.

The Blue Jays have averaged 6.2 runs and hit .302 with 19 home runs while winning 10 of the 13 meetings.

Updated August 24, 2014

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