TORONTO (AP) -- Ted Lilly struck out a career-high 13 in a three-hit shutout, stopping Boston's six-game winning streak and pitching the Toronto Blue Jays past Pedro Martinez and the Red Sox 3-0 Monday night.
Lilly (9-8) set a club record for strikeouts by a left-hander --
the previous mark of 11 was accomplished twice by David Wells and
once by Al Leiter.
Reed Johnson hit a leadoff homer against Martinez (13-5),
sending the last-place Blue Jays to their fourth consecutive
victory. Lilly walked two and threw 126 pitches in his second
career shutout and fourth complete game.Manny Ramirez doubled in the first, Mark Bellhorn tripled in the
fifth and Orlando Cabrera singled in the eighth for Boston's only
hits. Martinez struck out 10 for the Red Sox, who entered the day
5½ games behind New York for first place in the AL East. They were
10½ back last Sunday.Lilly's previous high of 11 strikeouts was set on June 22, 2002,
when he pitched his first shutout with Oakland at San Diego.The All-Star left-hander threw a career-best two-hitter April 26
at Minnesota.Lilly struck out a club-record six straight between the first
and third innings. The previous record was five, last done by Chris
Carpenter on Sept. 4, 2001, versus the New York Yankees.Lilly entered 0-3 with a 5.26 ERA in 10 career games against
Boston, including nine starts.Jason Varitek, Boston's best hitter this month, dropped his
appeal Monday of a four-game suspension for his part in a
bench-clearing brawl with the New York Yankees last month.
Replacement Doug Mirabelli went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.Martinez allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings. He
made his sixth start against Toronto this year, the first Boston
starter to face an opponent six times in one season since Martinez
made six against the Yankees in 2001.Johnson led off the first inning with a homer, the fifth time
Toronto has started the first with a home run this season. Orlando
Hudson followed with a triple before Vernon Wells hit a sacrifice
fly, making it 2-0.Hudson led off the third with a walk, advanced to third on
Carlos Delgado's single and scored on Eric Hinske's RBI single.
The Red Sox won their previous six games against Toronto.
... 3B Hinske robbed Ramirez of a hit with a diving grab of a
grounder in the fourth. ... Attendance was 27,145, many of them Red
Sox fans. ... The Blue Jays had lost 13 of 15 before their current
winning streak. ... Wells left in the ninth with tightness in his
right calf, the same injury that caused him to miss 24 games
earlier this season.