The game between Toronto and Boston provided a slight diversion as the attention has been focused on the multitude of potential deals swirling around the Red Sox rumor mill.
Marcus Stroman, who was coming off a seven inning, no-run effort against Boston last week, started for the Jays. Boston countered with Rubby De La Rosa who was banged around in that same game for his third loss of the season.
Stroman, the number one pick of the Jays in 2012, picked up his seventh win of the season as Toronto coasted to a 4-2 win in Boston and the main buzz at the ballpark was on who was staying and who was going.
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In the second inning Colby Rasmus deposited a De La Rosa fastball into the first row of the bleachers for his 14th home run of the season. That put the Jays on top 1-0.
In the third, Stroman’s scoreless mastery of the Red Sox came to a halt.
Toronto got to De La Rosa in the fourth.
Two singles and a sac bunt brought up Anthony Gose with two outs. Double to right and a 3-1 lead.
The less than impressive De La Rosa was done after six innings allowing three runs on nine hits while walking two and fanning one. De La Rosa tossed 111 pitches and had nine three ball counts. Rubby took loss number four for the season.
Stroman finished up after seven innings allowing the lone run on six hits with two walks and a career high eight strikeouts.
Andrew Miller made a potential Boston curtain call in the eighth inning with a nice three up, three down inning.
Xander Bogaerts put one out in the ninth for his eighth home run of the year to finalize the score at 4-2.
Wednesday will see Mark Buehrle (10-7, 3.19) take the hill for the Jays against Jon Lester (10-7, 2.52) for Boston. The Red Sox have Brandon Workman (1-3, 4.13) waiting patiently for the latest news on Lester.