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Final: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 7

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 4, 2011 01:19 PM

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Game over: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 7

Ellsbury singled to right but Francisco struck out Pedroia, Gonzalez and Navarro to end it. The Sox open their homestand with a loss before a crowd of 38,072.

Back later with a report from the clubhouse.

Bottom of the 9th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 7

Hmm, Ellsbury singled but Pedroia whiffed after being ahead 3-and-1. Now comes Gonzo.

Middle of the 9th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 7

If the Sox are to win this, they'll need some walk-off magic. How about Elsbury singles, Pedroia walks and Gonzo drills one into the Monster Seats? Seem easy enough.

Frank Francisco in to pitch for Toronto.

Top of the 9th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 7

More life from the Sox. Navarro singled ahead of a double by Ortiz that snapped an 0-for-23 skid. The ball was mis-hit and hopped into the stands in left. But Papi will take it.

McDonald (.117) struck out. But Salty followed with a triple off the wall. It was his second-three bagger of the season. Drew had a sac fly to left before Scutaro struck out.

Albers now pitching. At least the folks here saw some offense.

Middle of the 8th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 4

The only fireworks left in Boston will be on the Esplanade, it seems. McDonald singled and scored on a double by Davis to sink the Sox further into a hole.

Johnny Mac, the pride of East Lyme, Conn., and Providence College, is 5 of 14 with four RBIs against the Sox this season. I once picked McDonald for the Norwich Bulletin American Legion All-Star team. It was 1992, I think. He's about as good a guy as you'd ever want to meet.

John lives in Massachusetts in the offseason.

Top of the 8th: Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 4

Ellsbury and Pedroia singled with one out. Gonzalez then grounded into a 3-6-1 double play.

Middle of the 7th: Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 4

The comeback was blunted a bit there as Lind walked with two outs and scored on an error by Navarro at third base as a hot shot went right between his legs and rolled into the left field corner.

Here in the press box with Globe colleagues Bob Ryan and Nicole Auerbach, our summer intern. Don't tell Bob, but when I was a junior at UMass, he came to Amherst to cover a basketball game and I begged the sports information director (the estimable Howie Davis) to let me sit next to him.

I asked Bob a series of questions about journalism that he patiently answered. Some kids grow up wanting to be ballplayers. I grew up reading Bob, Dan Shaughnessy, Will McDonough, Ray Fitzgerald, Ernie Robers and Leigh Montville and wanted to do what they did. It's still a little hard to believe every time I walk into Fenway.

Top of the 7th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 4

Ortiz drew a leadoff walk. Morrow was then replaced by lefty Luis Perez. Pinch hitter Darnell McDonald struck out, Salty grounded out to third on a close call and Drew struck out.

If it's me, I'd rather hit for Drew than Reddick.

Middle of the 6th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 4

Aceves worked around a leadoff double. Morrow takes the mound having thrown 94 pitches on a hot day. The Sox would make a move here, perhaps.

Top of the 6th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 4

The Sox spring to life. It started innocently enough when Drew singled with two outs. Scutaro then walked before Ellsbury tripled to center. Elsbury scored on a passed ball as Pedroia walked. Gonzo then lined an RBI double off the wall.

Navarro grounded to second to end the inning. Aceves now pitching after 2.2 perfect innings by Wheeler.

Middle of the 5th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 0

Wheeler has retired eight straight.

Top of the 5th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 0

Kevin Youkilis was hit in the upper back by a pitch from Morrow and left the game. Navarro replaced him.

The Red Sox are as dead as anybody who signed the Declaration of Independence. They have two hits, both singles.

Middle of the 4th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 0

Wheeler has retired five straight. That makes him the Red Sox Pitcher of the Day. Oh, wait. That's not really so great.

Top of the 4th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 0

Marco Scutaro has a two-out single. Then Ellsbury flied to right and the fans were reduced to hoping Snider would lose it in the sun. He didn't.

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

Good news for all you Tim Wakefield fans, John Lackey was brutal. He is out after giving up four runs on five hits here in the third inning and was booed off the field.

In innings against Toronto this season, he has allowed 20 runs on 24 hits. Here's an idea, don't pitch him against Toronto.

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

The Red Sox are giving off the distinct impression they'd rather be at the beach. After Youkilis popped out and Ortiz struck out, Reddick struck out but reached on a wild pitch, Jose Molina then picked him off first base.

They don't make enough Red Bull to wake this team up the way it looks so far.

Middle of the 2nd: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0

Aaron Hill drove a Lackey pitch into the Monster Seats for his fourth home run. Snider doubled and scored on a two-out single by McDonald. In 14.2 innings against Toronto this season, Lackey has allowed 16 runs on 19 hits.

This game has the "Well, we got in pretty late from Houston" excuse written all over it.

Top of the 2nd: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0

Ellsbury singled then was forced at second when Pedroia grounded to short. As Gonzalez struck out, Pedroia was thrown out stealing to end the inning.

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

That was embarrassing, Davis doubled to start the game. Then, with one out, he was deked back to second by Pedroia. But when Pedroia backed off, Davis stole third. Salty made an accurate throw to third that Youkilis let get away and Davis scored.

The Jays are 16 of 20 on steals against the Sox this season.

Pre-game: Good afternoon and Happy Fourth of July from Fenway Park. It'll be the Red Sox defending the pride of the United States against those interlopers from Canada, the Blue Jays.

The pre-game ceremonies includes a military chorus doing the national anthems, a giant flag on the Green Monster and a four-jet flyover.

The Sox also held an emotional reunion on the field with Bridget Lyon and her family. She has been on duty since October with the Navy. Nice scene as she surprised them with her appearance from left field.

Bridget also threw out the first pitch.

We welcome your comments during the game.

Is anybody not at the beach today? Check in and let us know where you're watching the game from. We'll keep you updated every inning.

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