Adams Slams Papelbon in 6-1 BoSox Loss

Jays sweep the Sox, Yankees shave lead to 1½ games
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2007 4:36 AM CDT
Boston Red Sox batter David Ortiz watches as he pops out to the shortstop in the fourth inning during a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Wednesday Sept.19, 2007. (AP Photo/Adrian...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Blue Jays' Russ Adams had five RBIs, including a grand slam off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, but the big number in Boston's 6-1 loss to Toronto was 1½. That's how close the Yankees suddenly are to stealing away the American League East division title, after a four-game slide for the Sox, reports the Boston Herald.

The Red Sox scored only five runs in the series with the Jays, and their offense isn't looking promising, with Manny Ramierez and Kevin Youkilis both injured and David Ortiz nursing a sore knee. On the bright side, last night saw a solid performance from rookie Chad Buchholz, who gave up two runs on 68 pitches in four innings.