Dennis Boyd allowed 11 hits and pitched his sixth Straight complete game and Mike Easler drove in two runs as the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-1, last night in Boston.
Boston won for the 14th time in 16 games as Boyd (8-4) pitched his league-leading ninth complete game and lowered his ERA to 2.37. Toronto's lead in the AL East was reduced to 4 1/2 games over second-place Detroit and 5 1/2 over Boston.
"Every time I go out there I want to go nine (innings)," said Boyd, who hurt his throwing wrist a few days ago while chasing his dog. "If Skip (Manager John McNamara) comes out there to get me, he's going to have to chase me to center field to get the ball. I don't want to give it up."
He kept the news of his injury from McNamara and said, "I'm not easy. I'm hard. I bump my head and get right back up. It had to snow tonight to keep me out."
The Red Sox broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning as Wade Boggs singled, went to second on Bill Buckner's single and scored on Easler's hit.
In the fifth, Boston made it 4-1. Boggs doubled home Steve Lyons and scored on Easler's double.