Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/15/12

TORONTO -- The Boston Red Sox finally figured out a way to beat the Toronto Blue Jays.

First, they got them away from Fenway Park.

The Blue Jays had won six in a row against the Red Sox, all the victories coming in Boston.

But on Friday before a crowd of 21,888 at Rogers Centre, the Red Sox surrendered a lead in the eighth inning and came back to win 8-5 on a three-run ninth inning keyed by Mauro Gomez's two-run triple.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the ninth with a single against Darren Oliver (3-3), who was replaced by Casey Janssen. Cody Ross singled to left with one out. Gomez tripled to the gap in right center to give the Red Sox a 7-5 lead. Ryan Lavarnway, who earlier had a three-run homer, then hit a sacrifice fly for his fourth RBI of the night.

"Mauro is a pretty good hitter," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He has been playing a lot against left-handers, but I left him in against a right-hander there and he didn't try to do too much. He took a slider into right-center field that I thought was caught for a second."

Reliever Chris Carpenter (1-0), who entered the game in the eighth inning, got the win. Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his third save.

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed three hits but also gave up three walks and four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He hit a batter and unleashed two wild pitches that scored runs.

"Dice-K had his best fastball and best changeup and lost his control in the one inning and came back strong, which is great to see," Valentine said.

Matsuzaka left with one out in the sixth inning after he gave up a triple to Adam Lind. Clayton Mortensen replaced him and gave up a single to Yunel Escobar as Toronto cut Boston's lead to 5-4.

Colby Rasmus singled off Vicente Padilla to lead off the eighth and scored on Brett Lawrie's double to tie the game 5-5. Lind lined to left, where Daniel Nava made a diving catch.

"Off the bat I thought it was in the gap so I was heading that way," Nava said. "It kind of came back. I think instincts took over. I didn't think I was going to have to dive for it -- it just happened. It worked out and it meant a lot to keep that guy from scoring. There's two parts to every play. I got the catch and I was trying to get the throw, but I didn't get it. I haven't had too many but that one felt good, especially with what was on the line at the time. It meant a lot for the team."

Carpenter replaced Padilla. Lawrie was thrown out at third on Escobar's grounder to short, a key play.

"Overaggressive, tried to force it, plays in front of him." Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He's got to hold his ground right there."

Escobar took second on a wild pitch. Kelly Johnson was walked intentionally, but J.P. Arencibia ended the inning on a fly to center.

Toronto left-hander Aaron Laffey could not hold a 3-0 lead and lasted 3 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs and four hits, including Lavarnway's homer in the fourth.

The Blue Jays failed to cash in on a leadoff double by Lind in the second. Lind reached third on a groundout by Escobar but stayed there on a groundout by Johnson into a drawn-in infield and a called third strike on Arencibia.

The Red Sox had their first two hits of the game when Pedro Ciriaco and Ellsbury singled with two out in the third. They executed a double steal before Mike Aviles flied out to the warning track in right.

The Blue Jays scored twice on wild pitches by Matsuzaka in their three-run third inning.

Moises Sierra was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Anthony Gose walked. Rasmus walked with one out to load the bases. Sierra scored on the first wild pitch, the other runners moving to second and third. Lawrie walked on the second wild pitch that let Gose score. Rasmus scored when the Red Sox couldn't get an out on Lind's grounder to second.

Nava hit a two-run, two-out single against Chad Jenkins in the fifth to put Boston into a 5-3 lead.

Aviles started the rally with a one-out single. He took second on Ross' groundout to the catcher. He was safe at third when, on Gomez's grounder to third base, he avoided Lawrie's tag for what would have been the third out. It would have been an easy out at first.

"Easy to say yes in hindsight," Farrell said when asked whether Lawrie should have just thrown to first. "That's a routine groundball out with a below average runner at the plate in Gomez. So, yeah, you can sit here and say that the routine out is to execute at first base. He chose to try to tag him, avoid the throw, Aviles avoids the tag. To me it looked like he went outside the established baseline, but the call stood as it was."

"I went to go tag him and he just, I don't know, I've got to watch the replay because as far as I'm concerned he was out of the baseline from what I saw," Lawrie said. "I didn't tag him. He got around me. Just an unfortunate lucky break."

The throw to first was his first instinct. "Obviously," Lawrie said. "But out of the corner of my eye he was running full speed at me, so I figured I could just go tag him and just run to the dugout. I wasn't thinking about it too much."

It was a big play because Lavarnway walked and Nava singled to right to score two runs.

"How about that move?" Valentine asked. "I don't think he was out of the baseline. ... Mike didn't give up, he gave everything he had to avoid the tag and he did."

NOTES: Blue Jays DH-1B Edwin Encarnacion was not in the starting lineup Friday after being hit by a pitch on the wrist in Thursday's 8-3 win over Seattle. He hit his 40th homer of the season in the game. ... RHP John Lackey, who is recovering from elbow surgery, threw 20 pitches of live batting practice at Fenway Park on Thursday. ... Blue Jays pitching coach Bruce Walton was back with a bruised right arm after being hit in the dugout by the barrel of a broken bat in the first inning of Thursday's game. ... Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (11-6, 4.46 ERA) will start Saturday against Toronto RHP Carlos Villanueva (7-5, 3.58 ERA).

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