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Red Sox defeat the rain and Toronto, 5-0

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 22, 2010 03:07 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0

Felix closes it out and the Sox take the series. The Yankees and Rays won, so no change in the standings. The Sox are 4-2 on a homestand that has three games left, starting Monday night against Seattle.

Back later on with a report from the clubhouse.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0

Facing Jason Frasor, Kalish snapped a slump with a double to left. Scutaro walked before Martinez delivered an RBI single, as did Ortiz.

No save situation, so Doubront will stay in the game.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0

Young (but trustworthy) Felix Doubront pitched the eighth and held the Jays down. Wells had an infield single with one out but Lind struck out swinging and Overbay flied to center. Papelbon warming up now.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0

Marcum allowed a two-out single by Lowell, but that was it. He has pitched an outstanding game outside of the fifth inning.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0

Daniel Bard relieved Buchholz and walked the leadoff hitter Snider before setting down the side in order. He struck out Lewis and Escobar looking to end the inning.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0

The Sox went in order. Marcum has been perfect in every inning but the fifth.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0

Buchholz is living dangerously but surviving. He put the leadoff hitter on base for the fifth time as Bautista singled. Wells followed with a single But Lind struck out, Overbay flied to right and McDonald lined softly to second.

Buchholz has thrown 20 consecutive scoreless innings. His ERA is down to 2.26 at the moment, the lowest in the AL.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0

So much for the perfect game. So much for the no-hitter. So much for the shutout.

Ortiz lined a ball to center over the head of Wells for a triple. Yes, a triple. It was his first of 2010 but he actually has 15 in his career.

Beltre followed with an RBI double to left. With two outs, Bill Hall crushed a fastball over the wall, over the Monster Seats, over Lansdowne Street and onto the top of the building across the street.

No. 17 for the man they call Billy Baseball. He's had quite a season.

Middle of the 5th: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

Jose Molina (2 for 2) singled to left but Lewis flied to center and Escobar grounded into a double play as Lowrie made a nice turn. Rain is holding off but the Sox might want to score a run or two just in case.

strong>Top of the 5th: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

Marcum is still perfect but he needed some help in that inning. Scutaro hit a hard grounder up the the middle that Escobar made a nice play on. With two outs, V-Mart hit a flare into center that Wells came a long way to get.

Middle of the 4th: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

A 1-2-3 inning for Buchholz. Lowell made a nice play on McDonald, reaching into the camera well to snag a foul pop (take notes, Jed Lowrie). Buchholz has struck out six in four innings. His season high is 10 back on April 22 against Texas.

Top of the 4th: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

Marcum is perfect through three innings and it has looked easy for him. Lowrie flied to center in the third inning before Hall hit a tapper in front of the plate that Molina handled. Then Kalish struck out looking.

Kalish is hitless in his last 14 at-bats since that grand slam on Tuesday and 1 for his last 19.

Middle of the 3rd: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

Buchholz's second pitch was lined to left and Bill Hall ran in to make a diving catch. The rain delay lasted 59 minutes. So we've had two hours and 43 minutes of rain delays so far. Wheeeeeeeee!

Top of the 3d: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

They're back on the field. Buchholz to face Lind with a 1-1 count, two on and a runner on first.

4:44 p.m.: Rain delay update

The tarp is coming of the field. The game will continue at 5:05 p.m. Clay Buchholz is warming up and apparently will stay in the game.

Top of the 3d: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

The game was delayed by rain at 4:05 p.m. There are two outs and a runner on first with a 1-1 count to Adam Lind.

Clay Buchholz has been erratic but effective so far: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K.

By the way, Victor Martinez is one tough dude. When Jose Bautista struck out, his bat struck Martinez on the glove and he grabbed his left hand in pain. Martinez is playing with a heavily taped left thumb, which was broken in July. It had to hurt to get hit with a bat but he stayed in the game.

Martinez has taken a beating this season but never quits.

Top of the 3d: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

Six up and six down for Marcum. Ortiz fouled out to the catcher, Beltre grounded to short, and Lowell struck out swinging. Lowell flung his bat in disgust when he whiffed.

Middle of the 2d: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

Bucholz walked Overbay then struck out McDonald and Snider. Molina grounded a single into right but Buchholz came back to strike out Lewis.

Top of the 2d: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

Scutaro grounded to third, Drew struck out looking, and Martinez grounded to first.

Middle of the 1st: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

Buchholz got in trouble early. Lewis walked, Escobar hit a rocket to shortstop that literally knocked Scutaro off his feet. Bautista then lined a single off the wall that sent Lewis to third.

But Wells popped to second and Lind grounded to second.

Top of the 1st: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0

We're about to get underway here at Fenway. It's not raining at the moment but more could be on the way. Hang out here for updates and please add your comments.

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