Blue Jays - 000 010 020 - 3 10 0 Red Sox - 101 000 31x - 6 12 2
The Red Sox clinched the AL East title for the first time since 2007.
Lester (7-5-1-2-8, 123) earned his 100th career victory.
Mike Carp drove in three runs, including two in the seventh to salt the game away. ... Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5; Daniel Nava, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Jackie Bradley each had two hits. .. Koji Uehara got the five-out save, striking out Brett Lawrie to end the game.
As a reminder, here are ESPN's 43 pre-season predictions:
Blue Jays 20 Rays 20 Orioles 2 Yankees 1 Red Sox 0
And MLB.com's 20 pre-season picks:
Rays 10 Blue Jays 6 Orioles 3 Red Sox 1 Yankees 0
Pedroia, 2BShane Victorino (jammed right thumb) was scratched from the original lineup.
Victorino, CFNava, RF
Nava, RFSaltalamacchia, C
Saltalamacchia, CMiddlebrooks, 3B
Middlebrooks, 3BBradley, CF
A Red Sox win or a Rays loss = AL East Champs! (Tampa Bay hosts the Orioles this weekend.)
Boston (93-61) leads Oakland (90-63) and Detroit (89-64) in the race for the league's best record - and home field advantage throughout the postseason. The team with the AL's best record will play the Wild Card winner in the ALDS, which begins Friday, October 4.
In 11 starts since the All-Star break, Lester has a 2.38 ERA.
Manager John Farrell flip-flopped Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront in the rotation, with Buchholz pitching tomorrow and Doubront going on Sunday.