Game over: Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 1
Dustin Richardson mopped up in the 9th as the Sox win their second straight game over the Jays in big fashion. The Sox slugged four homers, two by Bill Hall (and a three-run shot by Adrian Beltre and solo homer by J.D. Drew). Hall had three hits and 4 RBI to lead a 14-hit Boston offensive attack. Clay Buchholz pitched eight dominant innings to lower his ERA to 2.49. He's now 13-5, making his 20th start. The Sox are now 15-5 in his starts, the best record for any pitcher on the Sox staff. There were 28,308 on hand at Rogers Centre. Time of game: 3:01.
Top 9th: Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 1
Buchholz is probably all done as he shook hands with teammates after he came off in the 8th. He allowed five hits, one run, struck out four, walked two. He lowered his ERA to 2.49 with a 13-5 record.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 1
Buchholz comes out for the 8th. We now have the much anticipated Buchholz-Jarrod Saltalamacchia battery. These two were rumored to be traded for one another a time or two in previous years. The Sox outfield is now Ryan Kalish, Darnell McDonald and Eric Patterson. Jed Lowrie is at third.
Top 8th: Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 1
Darnell McDonald tripled high atop the leftcenter field wall and came in on Victor Martinez' single. Martinez was out trying to stretch a double.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 1
Clay Buchholz has pitched very well tonight and with an 8-run lead, not much more to think about. He's on his way to his 13th win. He put two Jays on in the 7th, but got out of it. He came into the game with the third best ERA in the AL at 2.66.
Well, they got Bill Hall out finally - a strikeout.
Top 6th: Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 1
Things have quieted down here. By the way, Bill Hall has a 2011 option for $9.25 million with a $500,000 buyout. Sox won't pick that up but wonder if they'll try to keep him for next year at a utilityman's rate? Hall is in the final year of 4-year, $24 million deal the Brewers signed him to.
Top 5th: Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 1
After Tallet came in to replace Marcum, Mike Lowell doubled to right-center gap and scored from third (after Ryan Kalish's groundout to the pitcher) on Hall's single to left-center, his fourth RBI.
Top 5th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 1
Sox are cleaning up now. Adrian Beltre's three-run homer to rightfield with Victor Martinez (single) and David Ortiz (single) aboard off Shaun Marcum as opened this up for the Sox. Marcum has been replaced by Brian Tallet. Beltre now has 21 homers and 79 RBI. AFter Tallet came in Mike Lowell doubled to right-center gap
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 1
J.D. Drew smacks his 14th homer to right field on a 1-1 pitch. Second homer in as many nights.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1
Nice DP turned by Hall, fielding Vernon Wells' grounder, tagging the runner and then throwing on to first base. Definitely one of the Hall's greatest games.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1
Hall again! A two-run jack. Make that 15 on the year.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1
Bill Hall, ladies and gentlemen. His 14th homer as a utility guy. Must admit, he's been everything the Red Sox thought he'd be when they traded him for Casey Kotchman. Hall has played 35 games in left, 34 at second base, seven in CF, six in RF, five at shortstop, two at third base and one as a pitcher. He's hit six homers as a second baseman, four as a left fielder, two as a center fielder, one as a third base man and one as a pinch-hitter.
Bottom first: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1
The Red Sox would like a do-over of the first inning. First, Mike Lowell clanged a ground ball hit to him by leadoff hitter Travis Smider for an error. Then Victor Martinez committed a passed ball when he got crossed up by Clay Buchholz, advancing the runner to third after a sac bunt by Yunel Escobar. The run scored on Jose Bautista's high fly ball to right field.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0
Very long top of first yields a run for Sox against Shaun Marcum's Dice-K-like first inning. Two walks (J.D. Drew and David Ortiz) an HBP (Adrian Beltre) loaded them up for Mike Lowell who took a walk to force in Drew with the first run. Ryan Kalish then came up with the bases loaded, two out, went 2-2 before striking out. Marcum threw 36 pitches.