What started as a promising night for the Red Sox turned into another disappointment, as the Sox scored just once over the last eight innings and fell to the Blue Jays 6-4.
Clay Buchholz took his sixth loss of the year after going six innings and allowing five runs, four of them earned, on six hits with four walks and one strikeout. R.A. Dickey earned his eight win after going six innings and allowing four runs on nine hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Buchholz blew a 4-3 lead in the sixth, as he walked Josh Thole, who was driven in on an RBI triple by Ryan Goins to tie the game. The Jays took their first lead of the game on a throwing error by Boagerts that allowed Goins to score from third and put Toronto up 5-4.
Jose Bautista put Toronto up by two in the seventh by launching the first pitch he saw from Andrew Miller into the left field seats.
Daniel Nava and Xander Bogaerts got the Sox back on top with two outs in the fifth, as Nava hit ground rule double to right and Bogaerts drove him home with a double of his own to make it 4-3.
The Red Sox got off to a great start as they led off the game with three straight hits: Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia both singled, and David Ortiz drove them home with a three-run bomb to right, his 24th of the season. It was the 37th of Ortiz’s career at Rogers Centre, which passed Alex Rodriguez for the most ever by a visiting player at the ballpark.
The Jays answered right back with three straight hits of their own in the bottom of the inning, as they sent eight batters to the plate to score three runs and tie the game 3-3 before Buchholz could get out of the first.