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Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays leaves the field after losing to the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, at Fenway Park on September 6, 2014 in Boston, MassachusettsGetty Images

David Ortiz is not exactly known for his running prowess.

But the spectacle of Big Papi chugging around the bases in the third inning of Saturday night's game for the Boston Red Sox served to delight the capacity gathering of 36,677 at Fenway Park while further deadening the spirits of the Toronto Blue Jays.

In the final analysis, the 4-3 victory by the Red Sox (63-79) over the Blue Jays (72-69) was more a by-product of Toronto's inability to generate anything in the way of a consistent offensive attack. Mashing the ball is Toronto's game and without it the Blue Jays' hopes of making a late charge for the post-season is a pipe dream.

The Blue Jays, who came to Boston on a decided high after dominating the Rays in Tampa Bay, have now lost the first two games of the series against the Red Sox with the possibility of being swept away in the finale on Sunday afternoon now looming.

After arriving in town secure with the knowledge that they had won all six previous contests here at Fenway this year, nothing has gone right for the Blue Jays during this last visit of the regular season to Boston.

The Ortiz moment in the third inning only added to Toronto's misery, beginning with the ground ball he stroked down the right side that glanced off the glove of Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion for a hit.

As always, the shift was on for the left-handed-hitting Ortiz and Ryan Goins, the Toronto second baseman, was stationed in shallow right towards the first base line. Had Encarnacion not touched the ball, Goins most certainly would have gobbled it up and thrown the slow-footed Boston slugger out at first.

Yoenis Cespedes followed Ortiz to the plate and he lashed a line drive to the wall in right centre that Toronto's Jose Bautista had trouble coming up with.

As Ortiz rounded second base the fans at Fenway started to buzz and when he churned around third the fans they were on their feet and hollering in disbelief.

And when Bautista missed the cut-off man with his throw, Ortiz easily made his way across home plate that increased Boston's lead to 3-1.

Boston carried a 4-1 lead into the seventh where the Blue Jays finally started to show some life.

After a Dioner Navarro double in the first inning scored Edwin Encarnacion with the game's first run, the Blue Jays bats had been held to just two hits over the next five innings by Boston start Clay Buchholz.

Buchholz was solid, working 6.1-innings, allowing two of the Toronto runs off four hits, to improve his record to 7-8 on the year.

In the seventh, Toronto's mini-rally culminated with pinch hitter Colby Rasmus taking an 0-2 offering from Boston lefty reliever Craig Breslow and launching it down the right field line for a two-run home run that trimmed Boston's lead to 4-3.

It was the second time in as many games that Rasmus, recently disposed from his regular starting job in centre field, has stroked a pinch-hit home run.

Edward Mujica was on the mound in the ninth inning and he  recorded the final out against Toronto batter Juan Francisco who grounded out weakly to first base stranding two Blue Jay base runners.

He recorded the final out against Toronto batter Juan Francisco who grounded out weakly to first base stranding two Blue Jay base runners.

Pitcher J.A. Happ worked six innings. He got the start for the Blue Jays and dealt with baserunners in every inning, allowing all four Boston runs off seven hits to see his record dip to 9-9.

The start of the game was delayed by one hour, 12 minutes, after a rain storm struck the Boston area.

With Melky Cabrera now gone for the season after breaking his right pinky finger in Friday's game, Toronto manager John Gibbons elected to start Kevin Pillar in his place in left field. Anthony Gose started in centre with old standby Jose Bautista in right.