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Final: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 4

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  September 8, 2011 06:45 PM

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Final: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 4

Jason Varitek homered in the ninth. But with two on and two out, Dustin Pedroia struck out. He has one hit in his last 23 at-bats and was 1 for 20 in the series.

Bottom of 8th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3

David Cooper tacked on yet another run for the Blue Jays with an RBI double to center that scored Brett Lawrie, who doubled to left to reach base. It prompted Terry Francona to summon Matt Albers from the bullpen to relieve Doubront. As Albers warmed up, the stadium public address played Boston's hit ``More Than a Feeling'' in anticipation of a victory.

Top of 8th: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 3

Janssen needed just 12 pitches to retire the Red Sox in 1-2-3 fashion as David Ortiz struck out (on six pitches), Kevin Youkilis grounded to short (on two pitches) and Jed Lowrie flew out to left (on four pitches).

Bottom of 7th: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 3

The Blue Jays got one back when Eric Thames unloaded on Bowden's 1-and-1 pitch for a solo homer to right. Jose Bautista came up and absolutely tattooed a pitch into the upper decks, but it went foul, sending several fans seated in the nose-bleed sections scrambling for the souvenir. After he walked Bautista, Bowden struck out Edwin Encarnacion (looking) then turned it over to Felix Doubront, who got out of the inning when Bautista was caught stealing in a 2-3-6 rundown.

Top of 7th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 3

The Red Sox chased Ricky Romero from the game by scoring three runs on three hits. With two on and two out, Jacoby Ellsbury sent Romero packing when he ripped an RBI double to left, scoring Jason Varitek, who walked. Marco Scutaro came up to face Casey Janssen and rifled a two-run single to left before getting Pedroia to ground to short to end the inning.

Romero allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7 in 6.2 innings. He threw 113 pitches (72 for strikes).

Bottom of 6th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0

Michael Bowden came into the game in relief of Miller and retired the Jays in 1-2-3 order.

Top of 6th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0

Nothin' doin' for the Sox in this inning as Romero gave up a lead-off single to Marco Scutaro but came back and stranded Dustin Pedroia, who reached on a fielder's choice that wiped out Scutaro at second, by getting David Ortiz to fly to right-center and striking out Kevin Youkilis.

Michael Bowden has been summoned to replace Miller in the sixth. Miller went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits, including a pair of home runs, while striking out three batters. He threw 93 pitches, 55 for strikes.

Bottom of 5th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0

Miller seemed to settle in a bit after throwing his second consecutive scoreless frame at the Blue Jays. After Edwin Encarnacion rifled a one-out double to right, Miller got out of the inning by getting Kelly Johnson to ground to second and Brett Lawrie to line out to third baseman Jed Lowrie. Through five innings, the Blue Jays have stranded four runners; the Red Sox three.

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

Josh Reddick was left stranded after he belted a one-out double to straightaway center. Romero got Darnell McDonald to fly to center and struck out Jacoby Ellsbury on three pitches, the third a curveball for a called strike. It gave Romero six strikeouts for the game.

Bottom of 4th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0

Miller got through the fourth unscathed, recording a pair of strikeouts after giving up a lead-off double to David Cooper and a walk to Yunel Escobar. Miller punched out Eric Thames looking at a slider to end the inning.

Top of 4th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0

The Red Sox were unable to muster any kind of a response against Romero. Dustin Pedroia struck out (for the second time in as many at-bats) , David Ortiz grounded to third baseman Brett Lawrie in an overshifted infield and Jed Lowrie flew to center, stranding Kevin Youkilis, who drew a two-out walk.

Bottom of 3d, one out: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0

Edwin Encarnacion clobbered a 3-and-1 pitch from Miller into the netting above the visitors' bullpen in right field tack on another run for the Blue Jays. Michael Bowden was spotted warming up in the Red Sox bullpen as Miller departed the field after striking out Kelly Johnson and inducing Brett Lawrie to fly to left. Through three innings, Miller has given up five runs on six hits.

Top of 3d: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 0

Romero kept the Sox off the board, which left Jacoby Ellsbury, who reached on a fielder's choice, stranded on base for the second time in the game.

Bottom of 2d: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 0

Miller started out the inning by giving up four runs on four consecutive hits, the biggest of which was a three-run homer by catcher J.P. Arencibia, who took Miller's 3-and-2 offering deep to the second-level seats in left field for his 22d homer of the season. In his last outing Miller gave up six runs on five hits in 1.1 innings. Unlike his last outing, Miller made it out of the second inning when he got Mike McCoy to ground to short and, after walking Yunel Escobar, induced Eric Thames to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.

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

Dominant 1-2-3 inning by Romero, who induced Kevin Youkilis and Jed Lowrie to ground to third and struck out Jason Varitek.

Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0

After giving up a lead-off double to Yunel Escobar, Andrew Miller retired the next three batters he faced, thanks in large part to the defensive efforts of shortstop Marco Scutaro who fielded a pop fly by Eric Thames and made a pair of sterling back-to-back putouts of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

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

The Red Sox stranded Jacoby Ellsbury at third after he hit a lead-off double to shallow center off Ricky Romero and advanced on Marco Scutaro's sacrifice bunt. Romero got out of the inning by striking out Dustin Pedroia and inducing David Ortiz to ground out to second.

Pregame

Greetings from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, where the Red Sox will attempt to salvage a split in this four-game series with the Blue Jays after suffering a pair of one-run losses (1-0 and 11-10) . LHP Andrew Miller (6-2, 5.27 ERA), who suffered his second loss with the Red Sox after allowing six runs on five hits in an abbreviated 1.1 innings of work in a 10-0 loss to the Texas Rangers last Friday in Boston, will go to the mound. He will be opposed by LHP Ricky Romero (13-10, 2.97), who entered tonight's game with a 2-6 record and 8.08 ERA in 11 career starts vs. the Red Sox.

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