Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/20/12

BOSTON -- The Toronto Blue Jays offense set the tone early and starting pitcher Aaron Laffey did the rest.

That formula resulted in a 6-1 victory over Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Friday night.

Toronto scored twice in the first inning and led 5-0 after five innings. Laffey, the Toronto left-hander, kept the Boston offense quiet. Laffey went seven scoreless innings, giving up eight hits with no walks, and four strikeouts. He improved to 2-1, lowering his ERA to 2.77.

"I was aggressive in the zone the whole night and let them put it in play and the defense picked me up," said Laffey, who didn't throw a breaking ball in the outing. "When (the Toronto offense) put a couple of runs on the board, you want to come back and have a shutdown inning."

With one out in the first, Colby Rasmus tripled to right field off Beckett, Rasmus' fourth triple of the season.

Rasmus scored when Edwin Encarnacion, the next batter, grounded to third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who attempted to throw out Rasmus at the plate. While replays appeared to show Rasmus missed the plate and catcher Kelly Shoppach tagged him, Rasmus was called safe with the Blue Jays' first run.

Adam Lind's single to right put runners on the corners, with Encarnacion scoring on J.P. Arencibia's single to left, giving Toronto a 2-0 lead.

Yunel Escobar led off the second with a double to center. With two outs, Anthony Gose walked and Rasmus' double scored Escobar and Gose for the 4-0 Toronto advantage.

Toronto added a run in the fifth when Encarnacion singled off Middlebrooks' glove, advancing to second on the Boston third baseman's throwing error. Lind's single drove in Encarnacion, putting Toronto ahead, 5-0.

Beckett went six innings, giving up five runs (four earned)on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. His record fell to 5-8 as his ERA rose from 4.44 to 4.53.

"I thought he had good stuff all night," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "The strikeout I thought was good. Rasmus hit a low curveball over Cody's head (for the first-inning triple) and then he got a ground ball to third and we didn't get an out on it. Made a couple of bad pitches in the first couple of innings and there were four runs. But he had pretty good stuff tonight. I think he'd try to take back the 3-2 pitch to the lead-off hitter (Escobar in the second)."

Beckett, though, couldn't find anything good to say about his outing.

"I can't say that I'm looking at a whole lot of positives from that outing," he said.

Boston had runners on in every inning except the second against Laffey, but couldn't score.

"He was using a successful recipe," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "There were a lot of strikes, got ahead on the count and got a lot of groundballs."

The Blue Jays added a run in the ninth off Boston reliever Mark Melancon when Travis Snider and Yan Gomes hit back-to-back, one-out doubles.

Left-hander Darren Oliver pitched a scoreless eighth for Toronto. Boston scored in the ninth off Jays closer Casey Janssen when Mike Aviles' fielder's choice scored Middlebrooks, who singled, took second on defensive indifference, and went to third on a wild pitch.

The win snaps a five-game Toronto losing streak.

NOTES: The Blue Jays completed a 10-player trade with the Astros. Toronto acquired left-hander J.A. Happ and right-handers Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter. Happ and Lyon were expected to join the team in Boston some time Friday night. Both will work out of the bullpen. Carpenter will be assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas. The Blue Jays gave up outfielder Ben Francisco, right-handers Francisco Cordero, Asher Wojciechowski and Joe Musgrove, left-hander David Rollins, and catcher Carlos Perez. ... Outfielder Travis Snider was called up from Triple-A. ... Edwin Encarnacion entered the game batting .405 (17-for-42) with three home runs and 15 RBI in his last 13 games, going back to 2011, against the Red Sox. ... Entering the game, Escobar was batting .375 (18-for-48) with a .436 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage in his last 13 games against the Red Sox. ... Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, who has been on the disabled all season after surgery on his right thumb, had a bullpen session Friday afternoon, throwing about 38 pitches. He is scheduled for another bullpen session Sunday, and could pitch some batting practice Wednesday when the Red Sox are in Texas. ... Rich Hill, on the 60-day disabled list with a left elbow strain, is throwing long toss from flat ground and is pain-free. He is getting close to throwing from a mound. ... With two runs allowed in the first inning, Beckett's ERA in the first inning went up from 10.20 to 10.69. ... Crawford has hit safely in all five games since being activated Monday from the disabled list, where had had been since the season began. ... Red Sox pitchers have allowed at least one run in the first inning in 16 of their last 19 games at Fenway since June 10, including 11 of their last 12 games. Overall, their first inning ERA is 6.70, compared to 3.80 after that.

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