TORONTO (AP) - Brett Lawrie was 180 feet away from scoring the go-ahead run when he got a little greedy, and ran straight into a costly out.
Mauro Gomez hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto 8-5 on Friday night, snapping a six-game losing streak against the Blue Jays.
Lawrie was thrown out trying to go from second to third on an infield grounder in the eighth, one of a trio of mental errors by the Toronto third baseman.
``Overaggressive,' manager John Farrell said of Lawrie's ill-advised dash to third. ``Tried to force it. The play is in front of him. He's got to hold his ground right there.'
Earlier, Lawrie was thrown out trying to advance to second on a wild throw after an infield single in the first, and duped by Boston's Mike Aviles, who spun away from Lawrie's tag attempt while trying to advance on a ground ball in the fifth. Aviles scored on Daniel Nava's two-run single.
Lawrie called the play with Aviles ``an unfortunate lucky break.'
Darren Oliver (3-3) lost for the first time since May 23 at Tampa Bay, giving up one run and two hits in one-plus inning.
Boston had lost six of seven overall coming in, but bounced back after falling behind 3-0 and later blowing a 5-3 lead.
Chris Carpenter (1-0) got two outs for his first major league win and Andrew Bailey closed it out for his third save in four chances.
Ryan Lavarnway hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs but no one was more important than Nava. Besides his two-run single, Nava left his feet to haul in a sinking line drive from Adam Lind in the eighth, keeping the go-ahead run rooted at second base.
``That was awesome,' Lavarnway said of Nava's backhanded grab. ``That's one of the most spectacular catches I've seen all year, especially in a tie game. I'd say that was a game-saving catch.'
Colby Rasmus singled off Vicente Padilla and scored on Lawrie's double. But that's when things started going wrong for Toronto.
Carpenter replaced Padilla and got Yunel Escobar to ground into a fielder's choice, with Lawrie thrown out at third. Kelly Johnson was walked intentionally to bring up J.P. Arencibia, who struck out.
Boosted by its defense, Boston took the lead with three in the ninth. Jacoby Ellsbury singled off Oliver to begin the inning, bringing Casey Janssen out of the bullpen. Aviles flied out and Cody Ross singled before Gomez tripled to the wall in right-center. Lavarnway followed with a sacrifice fly.
The Blue Jays took the lead by scoring three times off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the third, all without a hit. Moises Sierra was hit by a pitch and Anthony Gose and Colby Rasmus walked to load the bases. Sierra and Gose both scored on wild pitches before Rasmus came home on Lind's groundout.
``It was a real waste that I gave up a few runs without giving up any hits,' Matsuzaka said through a translator.
Boston tied it in the fourth on Lavarnway's homer, his second, and took a 5-3 lead on Nava's two-run single off Chad Jenkins in the fifth, snapping a stretch of 19 scoreless innings by Blue Jays relievers.
Aviles, who scored on Nava's hit, had escaped two batters earlier by evading Lawrie's tag attempt on Gomez's ground ball. Lawrie picked up the ball and tried to tag Aviles, who spun around and scampered to the bag ahead of Lawrie as Gomez also reached safely.
``How about that move?,' Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine asked. ``I don't think he was out of the baseline. Mike didn't give up, he gave everything he had to avoid the tag and he did.'
Both Lawrie and Farrell argued with umpire Todd Tichenor, conceding that Lawrie had missed the tag but saying Aviles had gone out of the baseline to avoid it.
``As far as I'm concerned, he was out of the baseline,' Lawrie said.
Lavarnway walked before Nava lined his two-run single.
Lind tripled to chase Matsuzaka in the sixth, and Yunel Escobar followed with an RBI single off Clayton Mortensen, cutting it to 5-4.
Toronto's Aaron Laffey gave up three runs and four hits in 3 2-3 innings, his shortest start of the season, and remains winless in five starts.
Jason Frasor pitched the sixth and seventh for Toronto, the 500th appearance of his Blue Jays career. He's the first Toronto pitcher to reach the mark.
NOTES: Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion was held out of the lineup with a sore left wrist. He was hit by a pitch from Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in Thursday's win over the Mariners. He is expected to play Saturday. ... Blue Jays pitching coach Bruce Walton, who had to leave the bench after being struck by Edwin Encarnacion's broken bat in the first inning Thursday, was back in the dugout Friday. Walton sustained bruises but avoided cuts and broken bones after he was hit by the barrel of Encarnacion's broken maple bat. ... Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia missed his second straight game following the birth of his second son and is expected to rejoin the team Saturday, Valentine said. ... Boston RHP John Lackey (elbow surgery) felt good after a 25-pitch bullpen session and will likely throw another next week, Valentine said. Lackey is aiming for a two-inning stint in an instructional league game before season's end.
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