(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays will renew their rivalry with Boston Red Sox when the AL East foes commence a four-game series Monday at Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays are only a game out of first place in the division, while the Red Sox are eight games off the pace in the basement.
Toronto took two of three meetings from the Texas Rangers over the weekend and posted a 3-2 win in Sunday's rubber match. Josh Donaldson belted a home run in the fourth inning and finished 2-for-4 at the plate.
"Getting us on the board there, that's a huge thing," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Jose Reyes and Devon Travis had an RBI apiece for the Jays, winners in 18 of their last 24 games.
Drew Hutchison pushed his record to 8-1 and was reached for only an unearned run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
R.A. Dickey will handle pitching duties for Toronto and is just 3-7 with a 4.88 earned run average in 15 starts. Dickey suffered a tough-luck loss in Tuesday's 4-3 setback at Tampa Bay and gave up three runs in seven innings to fall to 2-4 in his past six decisions.
Dickey has faced the Red Sox 19 times (13 starts) in his career and is 6-5 with a 4.45 ERA. The right-hander is 0-2 in three starts against them this season.
The Red Sox won their series with the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend and took Sunday's rubber match by a 5-3 score thanks to home runs by David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval and Alejandro De Aza.
Justin Masterson allowed one unearned run in five innings for the win, striking out six with no walks. Masterson made his return from a shoulder injury that sidelined him more than six weeks.
"It was great to be out there again, having not been in a big league game in who knows how long," said Masterson, "The biggest thing was our boys being able to hit some homers."
Koji Uehara picked up his 16th save and worked around a hit in the ninth inning.
Clay Buchholz gets the nod for Boston on Monday and the right-hander aims for a third straight win. Buchholz has won back-to-backs starts and improved to 3-0 in his previous five outings with Wednesday's 5-1 win over Baltimore. He limited the Orioles to a run across seven innings with seven K's and one walk.
Buchholz is 12-9 with a 3.51 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) lifetime against the Blue Jays. He has faced Toronto three times already this season, going 1-1 with a no-decision.
Toronto is 6-3 against Boston this season and swept the Red Sox in three games at Fenway Park from June 12-14.