Burnett, Rios Avert Sweep in Boston

Toronto concludes 2-7 roadtrip with 3-0 win
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted May 1, 2008 10:14 PM CDT
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher A.J. Burnett delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – A.J. Burnett scattered three hits pitching into the eighth inning and Alex Rios homered for the Toronto Blue Jays, who wrapped up a miserable road trip with a 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Toronto finished the nine-game trip at 2-7 and avoided a sweep after Boston had won the two previous games in the last at-bat.

The Red Sox and Blue Jays combined for seven total runs in the series. Burnett continued his mastery of the Red Sox, improving to 4-0 against Boston while allowing just one run in sixteen innings over two starts at Fenway Park. Burnett struck out five and walked five in 7 2-3 innings. B.J. Ryan pitched the ninth for his third save. (Read more baseball stories.)