TORONTO — John Gibbons wasn't exactly happy to see rookie Marcus Stroman lose his no-hitter. Still, it saved the Blue Jays manager from making a tough decision about how long to stick with his young star.
Stroman and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Juan Francisco drove in four runs and came within a double of the cycle and Toronto beat the Red Sox 8-0 Thursday.
Stroman's no-hit bid ended when Shane Victorino blooped a single to center to lead off the seventh.
Stroman matched a season high by striking out seven in seven innings. The rookie said he's achieved more than he expected so far.
"I knew if I came up here and got settled in, I could pitch well and help our team win every game," he said. "But yeah, I'd definitely say I've surpassed (expectations). It's definitely been a ride so far."
Stroman hasn't thrown a complete game since his callup in May, so Gibbons was wary of overworking his pitcher as long as the no-hitter remained intact.
"That was going through our minds," said Gibbons, who yanked Stroman after 97 pitches. "I don't know if 'relieved' is the word, but it didn't hurt."
"We were behind the eight-ball right from the first or second inning," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.