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Toronto beats Boston, 6-1, to sweep Red Sox

  • Toronto Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera slides safely into home past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez as he scores on a fielder's choice grounder by Juan Francisco in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Toronto Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera slides safely into home past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez as he scores on a fielder's choice grounder by Juan Francisco in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle receives congratulations from teammates at the dugout as he leaves the baseball game with a 6-1 lead against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle receives congratulations from teammates at the dugout as he leaves the baseball game with a 6-1 lead against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, right, gestures to shortstop Jose Reyes (7) and his infielders as he leaves the game with a 6-1 lead in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, right, gestures to shortstop Jose Reyes (7) and his infielders as he leaves the game with a 6-1 lead in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Toronto Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera argues after he was called out trying to score on a single by Dioner Navarro during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Toronto Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera argues after he was called out trying to score on a single by Dioner Navarro during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • A single by Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia gets through Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Munenori Kawasaki, below, and shortstop Jose Reyes (7) during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    A single by Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia gets through Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Munenori Kawasaki, below, and shortstop Jose Reyes (7) during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brandon Workman delivers to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brandon Workman delivers to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester winds up for a throw during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester winds up for a throw during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Toronto Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera slides safely into home past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez as he scores on a fielder's choice grounder by Juan Francisco in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Toronto Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera slides safely into home past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez as he scores on a fielder's choice grounder by Juan Francisco in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox first baseman Brock Holt tags out Toronto Blue Jays' Ryan Goins to complete an unassisted double play on a grounder by Anthony Gose during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox first baseman Brock Holt tags out Toronto Blue Jays' Ryan Goins to complete an unassisted double play on a grounder by Anthony Gose during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Toronto Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera slides safely into home past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez as he scores on a fielder's choice grounder by Juan Francisco in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle receives congratulations from teammates at the dugout as he leaves the baseball game with a 6-1 lead against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, right, gestures to shortstop Jose Reyes (7) and his infielders as he leaves the game with a 6-1 lead in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Toronto Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera argues after he was called out trying to score on a single by Dioner Navarro during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • A single by Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia gets through Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Munenori Kawasaki, below, and shortstop Jose Reyes (7) during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brandon Workman delivers to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester winds up for a throw during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Toronto Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera slides safely into home past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez as he scores on a fielder's choice grounder by Juan Francisco in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox first baseman Brock Holt tags out Toronto Blue Jays' Ryan Goins to complete an unassisted double play on a grounder by Anthony Gose during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON – As the Red Sox were falling again to the Toronto Blue Jays, chants for Jon Lester could be heard echoing throughout a less than half filled Fenway Park.

Boston’s fading season is now filled with even more uncertainty heading into the trading deadline.

Mark Buehrle pitched 6.2 innings to earn his first win in almost two months and Dioner Navarro had three hits and three RBI to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to their fifth consecutive victory, a 6-1 win over the slumping Red Sox.

“We were well aware of it and wouldn’t expect anything less from this fan base that’s fully behind us when we’re doing good or bad,” Boston Manager John Farrell said of the chants.

Brandon Workman (1-4) fell behind quickly after being called up from Triple-A to replace trade bait Lester. The All-Star left-hander was originally scheduled to start for Boston, but he was scratched while his name is bandied about ahead of today’s trade deadline.

As the Sox went down weakly in the ninth, fans remaining from the sellout crowd chanted, “Jonny Lester!”

Workman knew it was an odd start.

“Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “But I kept my mind on throwing. I wasn’t as sharp as needed to be.”

Workman walked the first two batters in the game before they both came around to score. The Blue Jays added three unearned runs in the fifth inning on errors from Workman and third baseman Xander Bogaerts.

Buehrle (11-7) allowed one run on six hits and a walk, striking out two to snap a six-game losing streak that matched the longest of his career. He had not won in nine starts since earning his ninth consecutive victory on June 1.

Toronto has won eight of its last nine games and trails first-place Baltimore by 2½ games.

The game marked a milestone in Boston’s woeful World Series title defense, coming a day before the trade deadline and in the middle of a streak in which the Red Sox have lost eight of nine games, fallen into last place and dropped 13 games behind the East-leading Orioles.

After shipping Jake Peavy to San Francisco on Saturday, the Red Sox sent demoted starter Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs yesterday. Lester, who is due to be a free agent, could follow him; so could John Lackey, who is scheduled to make the minimum next season.

Reliever Andrew Miller struck out the side in the seventh inning in what could be his audition for a contender.

Who knows?

Miller was standing at his locker about 3½ hours before the game when a group of reporters approached him. Farrell came out of his office after the brief interview was over and jokingly asked the reliever, “What’s going on here?” To which the left-hander said, “I don’t know.”

Miller probably felt like several others on the Red Sox, wondering where they’ll be come tonight.

Low run output

The Red Sox scored four runs in the three games against the Blue Jays, but had plenty of chances last night when they collected eight hits.

“I think we were 1-for-11 with men in scoring position tonight,” Farrell said. “We had some men on base, but, once again, we weren’t able to string together base hits.”

Trainer’s room

Red Sox: Mike Napoli was back in the lineup, at DH, after sitting out on Tuesday night with a swollen ring finger on his left hand. David Ortiz got the night off.

Blue Jays: Infielder Brett Lawrie, on the disabled list since late June with a broken right index finger, could start rehab games this weekend.

On deck

Red Sox: Off today before opening a three-game series with the Yankees. By the time New York gets to town, Boston could be without four-fifths of the starting rotation it started the season with.

Blue Jays: Open a four-game series in Houston, with Drew Hutchinson (7-9) facing Jarred Cosart (9-7).

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