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Red Sox, Lester hope to break the brooms out on Blue Jays

Jon Lester tries to win for the fifth time in his last six decisions on Sunday when the Boston Red Sox aim for a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Red Sox, who are just one percentage point ahead of the last-place Blue Jays in the AL East, will be attempting their first three-game win streak since a four-gamer from July 28-31. Also, Boston is going after just its second road sweep of the season and its first since taking all three games from April 23-25 at Minnesota.

Lester walked a career-high seven in Tuesday's victory over the Yankees, but he didn't get a decision. He's 11-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 21 games against Toronto.

Brandon Morrow has losses in three of his last five starts and is coming off a defeat to the Mariners on Tuesday when he gave up 11 hits and four runs over 4 2/3 innings. Morrow is 1-3 with a 9.53 ERA in 15 games (7 starts) versus Boston.

On Saturday, Pedro Ciriaco's RBI double in the ninth lifted the Red Sox to a 3-2 win. Cody Ross homered and scored twice, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia added two hits and drove in a run.

"It's always a good sign when we keep on fighting. It's not like we're going to lay down and die," Saltalamacchia said. "Even though we're as far out as we are, it shows a lot about the character of the club."

Craig Breslow (1-0) tossed a scoreless eighth and Andrew Bailey followed suit in the ninth for his fourth save and second in as many games.

Yunel Escobar and Adam Lind each drove in a run for the Blue Jays, who have dropped four of five overall.

Steve Delabar (4-2) surrendered the deciding run over his 1 1/3 relief frames.

If the Red Sox lose the finale they'll clinch their first non-winning season since 1997.

Toronto, which has lost eight of its last 10 home games overall, holds a 10-7 lead in the season series.