A day after Jon Lester fired a one-hitter against the Blue Jays, Clay Buchholz threw eight strong innings against them, fanning four and giving up just six hits Saturday — but it didn’t matter.
The Red Sox went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position, underminding a solid afternoon on the mound by Buchholz, and falling to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park, 3-2.
For the first time this season, the Sox lost a game that Buchholz started.
While the Jays got timely hitting from first baseman Adam Lind (3 for 4), whose solo home run put the Jays ahead in the ninth, the Sox were handcuffed by Toronto starter Mark Buehrle, particularly David Ortiz (1 for 4) and Mike Napoli (0 for 3).
The last time Buehrle saw the Sox they were doing laps around the Rogers Centre infield. It had only been 10 days since the Sox tagged him for seven hits and five runs, but he pitched seven strong innings Saturday, striking out five and giving up just five hits. He sat down 12 straight Sox from the third to the seventh inning.
When Buehrle finally left the mound in the eighth, the Sox were able to put together a late rally.
After David Ross drew a leadoff walk, Jacoby Ellsbury followed up with a fly ball to deep center that Colby Rasmus couldn’t chase down. Ellsbury turned it into an RBI triple, cutting the lead in half.
After Shane Victorino struck out, Dustin Pedroia shot a sharp grounder to short. Munenori Kawasaki was playing too far in to field the ball cleanly on the hop, and his error allowed Ellsbury come around to tie the game at 2.
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