Red Sox head north look­ing for rare win streak

Metro USA (Boston) - - SPORTS - MATT BURKE

The glass-half-full crowd will say that the Red Sox have won two of their last three se­ries. The cyn­ics will quickly point out that the Sox still have a bru­tal record of 34-43 and that they have won three games in a row over the same team just once this en­tire sea­son. They put to­gether a two-game win streak 10 days ago with a win at At­lanta and then at Kansas City, but string­ing to­gether wins has been an ob­vi­ous is­sue.

The Sox will look for another rare two-game vic­tory streak tonight in Toronto (7 p.m., NESN) when they play the 41-36 Blue Jays. Toronto is firmly in a heated AL East race, as is ev­ery other team in the di­vi­sion mi­nus the Red Sox. The Jays sit just a game be­hind the first-place Rays, the team the Sox took two-ofthree from this past week­end in St. Peters­burg, Florida.

Bos­ton used the long­ball to its ad­van­tage in a 5-3 Sun­day win over the Rays as Pablo San­doval, Ale­jan­dro De Aza and David Or­tiz all went deep. It was es­pe­cially im­pres­sive for the Sox con­sid­er­ing they scored all five of their runs off of Tampa Bay pitch­ing sen­sa­tion, Chris Archer. Sox starter Justin Master­son ac­tu­ally out­pitched Archer in the se­ries fi­nale, work­ing five in­nings and al­low­ing just one run on five hits.

Clay Buch­holz (5-6) will take the ball for the Sox tonight against the Blue Jays. Toronto will counter with R.A. Dickey (3-7).

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Other than Mike Napoli’s ejec­tion for ar­gu­ing a called third strike, the Red Sox had a fine Sun­day in Florida.

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