AL East-leading Blue Jays beaten by Red Sox 4-3, lose series

TORONTO (AP) — The AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays lost their grip in the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox broke ahead on a sacrifice fly by Jackie Bradley Jr. for a 4-3 win Sunday.

Toronto began the day with a 3½-game lead over the New York Yankees, who played at night against the Mets. The Blue Jays host the Yankees in a three-game series starting Monday night.

The last-place Red Sox took two of three at Rogers Centre.

It was 3-all when Toronto reliever Brett Cecil (3-5) made an error that let Pablo Sandoval reach to open the eighth. Mark Lowe came in to pitch and Sandoval took second on a groundout and then moved to third on Sandy Leon’s single.

Bradley hit a fly ball to center field and Kevin Pillar’s throw home was on line, but catcher Dioner Navarro couldn’t handle the short hop and Sandoval scored.

Rich Hill (1-0) struck out 10 for his first win since July 14, 2013. Robbie Ross Jr. got his second save in two days.

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