Game Over: Red Sox 7, Rays 5
Jonathan Papelbon secured his 29th save by retiring the Jays in the ninth to preserve a two-run win here at Rogers Centre before 27,690. Papelbon allowed a one-out double to Travis Snider (who hit a three-run homer earlier against Dice-K), but got AL home run leader Jose Bautista to tap out to second base and retired Aaron Hill with a fly ball to right field to end the game.The Red Sox won for the eighth time in 10 games against the Jays. A Mike Lowell homer broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth.Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched the first 5-2/3 innings and allowed two homers, four earned runs and walked three while striking out seven. Felix Doubront couldn't hold a 5-4 lead allowing a solo homer to Jose Bautista, his 35th. The game was played in 3:11.
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 5
Mike Lowell delivers. Home run to give Sox the lead. Scott Downs had pitched an effective 1-1-/3 innings before being yanked for the righty Shawn Camp. Lowrie tacked on another run with his second RBI double of the night
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 5
Felix Doubront gave up the tying homer to Jose Bautista, his 35th. It was the 46th homer allowed by the Sox bullpen, most in the American League. Bautista broke a Jays record by homering in his 11th consecutive series. he had been tied with Carlos Delgado.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4
Terry Francona had seen enough of Daisuke Matsuzaka. He went 5-2/3, allowed four runs in an odd outing. He struck out the side in the first, then gave up some bombs including the solo homer by Adam Lind in the second inning and the three-run shot by Travis Snider in the third. He did escape a couple of bad fielding plays behind him. Here in the sixth he walked Edwin Encarnacion and allowed a two-out single to McDonald.. Felix Doubront came on and seemed to throw a ground ball to short for the third out, but while Scutaro fielded the ball cleanly, his throw to a late-arriving Jed Lowrie at second was beaten by McDonald. Not seeing great chemistry between Scutaro and Lowrie. Doubront struck out Snider to strand the bases loaded.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4
Don't take you eye off the ball...Jed Lowrie. The Sox second baseman missed a routine feed from Scutaro on a potential double-play grounder hit by Bautista. Didn't wind up hurting the Sox.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4
One of those beautiful J.D. Drew strokes - solo homer to right. Drew came into the at-bat hitting .159 against lefties. UPDATE: The PawSox didn't play Carlos Delgado tonight. The team has him on a spring training-like schedule which has some built-in days off.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 4
The Red Sox are really on Romero and have been for a couple of starts. You almost wonder if Romero is tipping his pitches. Jacoby Ellsbury reached on his second hit, but was thrown out by Arencibia. Looked like Ellsbury was safe on the replay. Francona came out to argue to no avail. Arencibia, who hit 31 homers at Las Vegas, is a legitimate catcher, but the Jays have four outstanding catching prospects and may move Arencebia to first base eventually.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 4
Walks will kill you? Yep. Dice-K walked John McDonald and Fred Lewis and paid for it dearly when Travis Snider smoked a three-run homer to tie it up. Dice-K gave AL home run leader Jose Bautista a little chin music on a couple of pitches inside before he flied out to deep to center. There was also a double by LInd to contend with but Dice-K escaped without further damage.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1
A single by VMart, followed by an opposite-field double by Ortiz (two hits off a lefty!) and an intentional walk to the dangerous Beltre led to a run on Mike Lowell's sac fly.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1
The Jays did what they do best in the second - the long ball. Adam Lind, hitting fifth tonight, slammed a 1-2 pitch over the leftcenter fence after Aaron Hill flied out deep to center. Dice-K is definitely trying to come right at this very aggressive lineup and is throwing strikes. He did go 3-2 to Lyle Overbay who drilled a double down the right field line. He struck out rookie phenom catcher J.P. Arencibia to end the inning.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0
David Ortiz doubled to the right-center field gap and scored on Adrian Beltre's double. The Sox continued the pounding of Ricky Romero with a Lowrie RBI double and an Ellsbury single. The Sox just kill this guy. Back on July 9 he took a 14-3 loss in the shortest outing of his major league career. He went 2-1/3 innings, five hits, five earned runs and three walks.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0
Asked Ortiz whether he's been asked to play a little first base with Kevin Youklilis out, he said, "I haven't been asked. I do what they ask me to do. If they asked me to do that, I would. But we have Mikey Lowell and Victor, so there's no need." If I were Ortiz I'd be begging to play first to show NL teams he can do it. If the Sox don't pick up the option on his contract, he'll have a limited market as a DH. Ortiz has played decently there in interleague and post-season. Bill Chuck put together a fascinating study in Beltre before today's game: Adrian Beltre is hitting .333 against righties and .331 against lefties, .325 at home and .340 on the road, .330 in the first half of the season and .340 since the break, .353 in Sox wins and .306 in Sox losses, .342 with Runners in Scoring Position and .380 RISP/w 2 outs.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Call him Dice-3-K. Matsuzaka strikes out the side in the first.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
1-2-3 inning for Ricky Romero. The lefty is 5-2 with a 2.18 ERA at Rogers Centre, holding opponents to a .206 average. He has three complete games.