TORONTO -- Ryan Sweeney grounded a two-out single between first and second in the ninth inning, scoring pinch-runner Darnell McDonald with the game-winning run to give the Red Sox their first win of the season, a 4-2 triumph over the Blue Jays Monday night at Rogers Centre.
Sweeney's single came after the Sox tied the game at 2-2 earlier in the ninth thanks to a Dustin Pedroia leadoff double, a passed ball and Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly against Jays' closer Sergio Santos. David Ortiz and Cody Ross each kept things going with two-out walks, leading to the RBI from Sweeney and another run when Ross came in on Santos' wild pitch.
The win prevented the Red Sox from starting their season 0-4 for a second straight year, which would be an organizational first.
Getting a no-decision was Sox' starter Felix Doubront, who only allowed two runs on four hits over five innings, striking out six and walking three. Doubront finished throwing 101 pitches. Both Blue Jays runs against the lefty came in the third inning, with Colby Rasmus scoring on a slow roller back to the mound by Kelly Johnson, and Yunel Escobar coming home on Edwin Encarnacion's single.
Scott Atchison earned the win, pitching three innings of scoreless relief. Alfredo Aceves pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
The Red Sox got on the board initially thanks to Pedroia's first home run of the season, a solo blast in the sixth inning off Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez.
Alvarez, who managed grounders on 11 of his 14 in-play outs, finished his six innings allowing just four hits.
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