The last time the Toronto Blue Jays won six in a row at Fenway Park, Anthony Gose wasn't even born yet.
The rookie outfielder may play a part in equaling that feat.
Gose looks to build on his best performance of the season when the Blue Jays go for their longest road winning streak against the last-place Boston Red Sox in 23 years Sunday.
Toronto (63-75) has won five straight at Fenway Park, and sweeping this three-game series would give the club its longest run there since 1989.
Gose was born one year later, but he kept the Blue Jays streaking there in Saturday's 9-2 victory, getting two hits including his first career homer while collecting five RBIs and two runs. His teammates had a little fun with him afterward, leaving a dirty, signed baseball in his locker as a memento.
"I'm pretty sure it was fake and they wrote on it," Gose said. "I know I got a fake one, but that's good enough for me."
Gose, one of the Jays' top prospects, may be back in the lineup since he's 4 for 7 over his last two starts to raise his average to .211 in 32 games this year.
Toronto is expected to give the ball to Carlos Villanueva (7-5, 3.42), and he's 1-5 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts after winning four in a row with a 1.93 ERA.
The right-hander's latest start was his worst of the season, but he threw four scoreless innings before giving up six runs in the next 2 2-3 of a 12-0 loss to Baltimore on Tuesday.
"Looking back on this one, just trying to get Carlos extended deeper into a game," manager John Farrell told the team's official website. "One of the things we've got to take a longer look at, is just how deep he can get into ballgames consistently."
Villanueva showed that ability at Boston on July 21, yielding three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-3 victory. However, he's lost all three of his road starts since while posting a 5.60 ERA.
The Red Sox have dropped 10 of 11 to fall into the AL East cellar, one game back of the Blue Jays.
The dismal spiral only adds fuel to the speculation manager Bobby Valentine will be replaced after the season, and the remaining Fenway faithful who waited out Saturday's rain delay could be heard chanting, "Fire Bobby."
Valentine is scheduled to turn to Clay Buchholz (11-5, 4.47), who is looking to continue his success against the Blue Jays.
The right-hander is 8-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 12 starts against them, winning his last five decisions in six games with a 1.50 ERA since a loss Sept. 29, 2009.
Buchholz was impressive in his only season meeting against Toronto, yielding two runs with seven strikeouts in eight innings of a 7-2 road victory June 1.
He enters this meeting with an 0-2 record and 6.52 ERA in three starts, all of them Red Sox losses.
A big inning cost Buchholz on Monday, giving up four runs - three earned - in the fourth before finishing with eight strikeouts in seven innings of a 4-1 loss at Seattle.
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|September 04, 2012||J.A. Happ||15-Day DL||Fractured right foot|
|August 27, 2012||Henderson Alvarez||Day-to-Day||Left game - left shin contusion|
|August 27, 2012||Aaron Laffey||Day-to-Day||Left game - left calf contusion|
|August 26, 2012||Jose Bautista||15-Day DL||Left wrist inflammation|
|August 23, 2012||David Cooper||15-Day DL||Upper back soreness|
|August 22, 2012||David Cooper||Day-to-Day||Left game - jammed neck|
|Boston Red Sox|
|September 07, 2012||Jarrod Saltalamacchia||Day-to-Day||Left game - back spasms|
|September 02, 2012||Jacoby Ellsbury||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|August 25, 2012||David Ortiz||15-Day DL||Aggravated right Achilles strain|
|August 25, 2012||Daniel Nava||15-Day DL||Sprained left wrist|
|August 24, 2012||Franklin Morales||15-Day DL||Left shoulder fatigue|
|August 20, 2012||Carl Crawford||Day-to-Day||Left elbow surgery|
BOSTON (AP) -- Omar Vizquel bid a fitting farewell to Fenway Park
The 45-year-old Vizquel drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning for the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-3 win over the free-falling Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
It was the second sacrifice RBI of the game for the veteran infielder, who drove in half of the Blue Jays' runs as they completed a three-game sweep that got Toronto out of last place and put the Red Sox firmly at the bottom of the AL East standings.
"I'm glad that things went all right. My last at-bat was a good at-bat - a game-winning RBI," said Vizquel, who is retiring at the end of the season. "I feel pretty special because I have a lot of memorable moments here."
Boston got a strong start from Clay Buchholz (11-6) but failed to give him much run support.
Buchholz allowed four runs on seven hits over 8 2-3 innings, retiring 13 straight batters before Rajai Davis blooped a single with one out in the ninth. Davis promptly stole his 41st base and took third on a single by rookie Anthony Gose , who hit his first career homer Saturday night and drove in five runs.
Embattled Boston manager Bobby Valentine came to the mound and was booed loudly, then cheered when he let Buchholz try to get himself out of the jam.
"I just wanted to make sure he believed like I did, that he had enough. He said, `Guaranteed,"' Valentine said of his chat with Buchholz. "All year long, Clay's been totally honest with me every chance. After eight, he felt great. He wasn't really stressed there in the ninth."
Gose stole second and the Red Sox intentionally walked Kelly Johnson to load the bases for Vizquel, who came through with a fly ball to left that was deep enough to score Davis and end the afternoon for Buchholz.
"That was supposed to be a cutter in and I didn't get it in," Buchholz said. "It's not like they were hitting the ball in the gap and driving in runs that way, so it was a little bitter taste in your mouth. But that's the game, that's sort of the way it's been going for us lately and you got to take it."
Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia homered for the Red Sox, who have lost four in a row and 11 of 12.
Boston had its chances in the bottom of the ninth but couldn't score on closer Casey Janssen , who preserved the win for reliever Brandon Lyon (2-2) while picking up his 20th save.
James Loney singled to open the Boston ninth and Cody Ross nearly won it on a drive to left that was just foul. Ross ended up striking out on a pitch he felt was outside enough that he was trotting toward first when umpire Clint Fagan called it a strike.
Ellsbury flied out to deep center for the second out, then Mike Aviles hit a foul pop that catcher Jeff Mathis got under easily to complete the sweep for the Blue Jays.
Boston has Monday off then opens a three-game series at home Tuesday against the rival Yankees, who lead the division by one game over Baltimore.
Vizquel drove in the go-ahead run earlier in the game on another sacrifice fly during the Blue Jays' three-run fourth inning that put Toronto up 3-2.
Vizquel has 2,870 career hits, just three behind Babe Ruth 's total for 41st on the all-time list.
"I think it's only fitting that as we go through this last stretch of the season, the places that he's played the most in, whether it's here in Boston, New York, Baltimore, he'll be on the field," Toronto manager John Farrell said.
NOTES: Boston activated OF Daniel Nava , who had been out since Aug. 25 with a sprained left wrist that has been nagging him this season. Nava pinch hit to lead off the eighth and grounded out. ... The Red Sox are in last place in the AL East, marking the latest in a season they have held at least a share of last place since September 1997 ... Boston 3B Will Middlebrooks , on the DL with a right wrist fracture since Aug. 11, turned 24 Sunday. ... Toronto tied a franchise single-season record with its sixth straight win against Boston, matching the club record set from June 2-11, 1988. ... The Blue Jays improved to 10-5 against the Red Sox this season, clinching their first season series victory against Boston since 2006.