Red Sox Shutout by Blue Jays in Losing Their Third Straight Game

 Stroman leads way as Blue Jays blank Red Sox 8-0

By IAN HARRISON=

Associated Press=

       TORONTO (AP) _ Marcus Stroman and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Juan Francisco drove in four runs and came within a double of the cycle and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0 on Thursday.

        Stroman’s no-hit bid ended when Shane Victorino blooped a single to center to lead off the seventh. One out later, Victorino was erased on Mike Napoli’s double-play grounder.

        Stroman (6-2) only allowed two other baserunners on walks and struck out seven in seven innings. The rookie right-hander is 5-1 with an 1.54 ERA in seven home starts.

        Todd Redmond worked the eighth and Rob Rasmussen finished.

        Red Sox slugger David Ortiz injured his lower back on a swing in the ninth inning and was replaced by Jonny Gomes, who flied out to end the game.

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