Nothing had come easily for the Red Sox all season long so it was appropriate that on the night when they were in position to wrap up their first division title in six seasons the clinching victory wasn't routine either.

The Red Sox hit into three double plays and stranded runners in every inning but two before breaking the game open in the seventh then holding off the Toronto Blue Jays for a 6-3 win that gave the Sox the American League East title.

The victory virtually assures the Sox will open the Division Series at Fenway on Friday Oct. 4. Boston's next goal is to wrap up the best record in the American League which would assure them of home field all the way through the World Series should they advance that far.

A bloop run-scoring single by David Ortiz and a two-run single by Mike Carp capped a three-run seventh.

But the Jays responded quickly with a two-run homer by Adam Lind off Jinichi Tazawa before Koji Uehara was summoned for a five-out save.

Jon Lester who battled with runners on base for most of the night got the win limiting the Jays to a single run over seven innings improving to 15-8.