Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Toronto won 3-1

Game 1: Friday, September 22
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Toronto1
Game 2: Saturday, September 23
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Toronto5
Game 3: Sunday, September 24
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Toronto13
Game 4: Monday, September 25
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Red Sox 0

(83-74, 38-43 away)

Blue Jays 5

(83-73, 50-31 home)

7:07 PM ET, September 25, 2006

Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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W: S. Marcum (3-4)

L: T. Wakefield (7-11)

Blue Jays two-hit Red Sox to move into second in AL East

TORONTO (AP) -- Overtaking the Boston Red Sox in the standings means a lot to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Shaun Marcum and Jason Frasor combined on a two-hitter, and Toronto moved into second place in the AL East with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Monday night.

Alex Rios and Bengie Molina homered for the Blue Jays, who are a half-game ahead of Boston. Toronto has finished third in the AL East seven of the past eight years, the exception being a last-place finish in 2004.

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With their win over the Red Sox on Monday, the Blue Jays leapfrogged Boston into second place in the AL East. The Blue Jays have not been above third place anytime after the midway point of a season since Sept. 27, 2000, when they were 83-75. The Blue Jays finished third in the division that year after the Red Sox passed them in the season's final week.

That leaves the Devil Rays, Brewers and Pirates as the only major league teams that have not spent any days in first or second place in the second half of the season since 2001.

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"A lot of guys are taking a lot of pride in this, trying to finish ahead of the Red Sox," Marcum said. "Put our name No. 2 behind the Yankees and see what we can do next year."

The Red Sox have come in second behind New York for eight straight seasons.

Toronto, which played its final home game of the year, hadn't had sole possession of second place since April 26.

After getting a shaving cream pie to the face during a television interview after the game, manager John Gibbons declined to wipe it off and kept on talking.

"It was a game where we were trying to pull into second place," Gibbons said later. "We've got six left. Hopefully, we'll finish strong. We gave the hometown fans some entertainment, that's for sure."

Attendance was 40,123 for a total of 2,302,212 this season -- the Blue Jays' highest attendance since 1998. Toronto finished 50-31 at home.

The Red Sox played their last road game this season.

"We need to go home and try to have a good last five games. We're not leaving here on very good note," said Boston manager Terry Francona, whose team has lost three straight and five of seven.

Marcum (3-4) allowed only Alex Cora's infield single in the sixth and Eric Hinske's single in the eighth. The rookie right-hander struck out a career-high 10 and walked one in a career-best eight innings, the 13th start of his career.

"Marcum pitched ahead the whole night," Francona said. "He wasn't lighting up the radar gun, but he froze guys with his fastball because he pounded the plate and stayed out of the middle."

David Ortiz fouled a ball into the fifth deck in right in the seventh. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, leaving him tied with Babe Ruth for the most home runs on the road in a season in AL history (32).

"Maybe he'll hit about six this week at home," Francona said.

Frasor pitched a perfect ninth to complete Toronto's sixth shutout of the season. The Red Sox were blanked for the seventh time.

Rios hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Tim Wakefield (7-11).

Wakefield didn't allow a hit until Jason Phillips singled with two outs in the inning. After Wakefield walked Russ Adams, Rios followed with his 17th homer.

"He had a good knuckleball going," Phillips said. "Fortunately, the ball went down and I was able to hit it because the ones that were away I looked dumb on."

Molina's two-run shot off Wakefield in the sixth made it 5-0.

Wakefield allowed five runs and five hits in six innings. The knuckleballer made his third start after missing nearly two months with a stress fracture in his rib cage.

Game notes


Vernon Wells said he didn't think he played his last home game for the Blue Jays. Wells, who is eligible for free agency after next season, could be traded if the team is unable to sign him to an extension this offseason. "I don't think it's going to be," Wells said. "I've had a great five years here and I hope to have more." ... The Red Sox finished 38-43 on the road.

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