"We had our chances," Gibbons said. "That's the key. You've gotta get the key hit."
It was a wild night for Rogers in his shortest outing of the season. He gave up two runs and three hits but walked five -- one intentionally -- uncorked a wild pitch for Boston's first run and threw just 29 of his 60 pitches for strikes in 2 1/3 innings. Chad Jenkins relieved with the bases loaded and one out, getting Saltalamacchia to bounce into a double play.
Boston grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Pedroia doubled off the Green Monster, advanced on a deep fly to right and scored on a wild pitch. Boston did have a runner cut down at the plate when Gose nailed Ortiz by a wide margin.
Lester worked out of a first and third, two-out situation in the second when he fanned Arencibia swinging on a 95 mph fastball.
NOTES: Blue Jays CF Colby Rasmus had to leave the game before the bottom of the first when he was hit in the head near the left eye by a ball thrown from the bullpen area while Toronto was warming up in the field. ... Boston OF Shane Victorino missed his second straight game with a jammed right thumb that forced him out of Wednesday's game early. ... The Red Sox opened their final home regular-season series. They have two more games against the Blue Jays before heading to Colorado for games on Tuesday and Wednesday and then a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles starting next weekend. ... Boston RHP Ryan Dempster (8-9, 4.64 ERA) was moved to the bullpen in preparation for Boston cutting down to four starters for the postseason. He hasn't worked out of the pen since 2007. ... Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury, sidelined the last 13 games with a small broken bone in his right foot, started baseball workouts. ... Clay Buchholz (11-0, 1.51 ERA) goes for Boston against Mark Buehrle (11-9, 4.17) on Saturday.