Game over: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 2: After five plus hours — thanks in large part to two rain delays totaling two hours and five minutes — the Red Sox come up with yet another loss and fall into sole possession of last place in the American League East. They have won only five times in their last twenty games and are 10-26 since the beginning of August.
The Blue Jays move to 63-75 with the win and take a one game lead over the Red Sox (63-77) in the race for fourth place in the East.
The announced “paid attendance” for the night was 37,107, bringing consecutive sell-out streak to 784 games.
Bottom 9th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 2: Jason Frasor on to try and turn off the lights for Blue Jays.
Ross strikes out on the thirteenth pitch of the at-bat to lead off. Gomez finds the space between second and third for a single. Lavarnway grounds out 6-3 and Aviles ends the game swinging at a pitch in the dirt.
Top 9th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 2:Sox go the pen once more, this time for Andrew Bailey, their sixth pitcher of the night.
Arencibia singles back through the box to start the frame. Hechavarria draws a walk to put runners at first and second with no outs.
Anthony Gose unloads on the first pitch he sees and hits a bomb into the right field seats. This thing landed about twenty rows up for his first career Major League home run. Yes, the same Gose I was ripping on for being sub-.200 at the plate.
Davis flies out to right field for the first out of the inning. Rasmus then goes down looking and Encarnarcion lines out to left.
Bottom 8th: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 2: Jose Iglesias picks up his second hit since being called up, a single. He was then move over on a dribbler back to the pitcher by Ciriaco.
Ellsbury (1-4, 2 Ks) followed with his second strikeout of the night and Pedroia (0-4, K) goes 5-3 to end the inning.
Top 8th: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 2:Vincente Padilla becomes the fifth Red Sox pitcher of the night.
Rasmus ends the Jays slump right away with a single to right. Encarnarcion follows with a "hit 'em where they ain't" blooper between Iglesias and Ellsbury in mid-center field. Rasmus with some heady base running on the play gets all the way to third to put runners at the corners with no outs.
Lind yanked a single past the drawn-in infield to plate Rasmus. Escobar grounds one right at Ciriaco who steps on third and fires to second to double up the Jays.
Padilla strikes out Johnson before any more runs can cross the plate, and Neil Diamond begins to sing and the remaining crowd still loves it ... still. No further comment.
Bottom 7th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2: Lavanway strikes out to start things off in the bottom of the seventh. It's the third Sox strikeout in their last four batters.
Aviles hits a moon shot about thirty feet up the first base line that Lind caught in foul ground for out number two and Podsednik grounds out to second to end the inning.
Brad Lincoln has now sat down all seven batters he has faced since coming into the game after the second rain delay.
Top 7th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2: Melancon with another 1-2-3. Hecavarria grounds out to Ciriaco, Gose Ks once again and Davis grounds out to Gomez at first.
These rain delays have really affected the Blue Jays bats as they have not gotten on base since a fielder's choice in the third by Kelly Johnson. Sox relievers have put down thirteen straight batters.
Bottom 6th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2: Pedroia comes up taking some big hacks, but he misses on the one that counts the most, the third strike.
Ross takes a 1-2 curveball and puts it on a straight line to Hechavarria at third for out number two. Gomez goes down looking to end.
Top 6th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2:Mark Melancon comes in to pitch for the Red Sox and puts the Jays down in order with a strikeout of Escobar, a forced ground out to third by Johnson and a strikeout of Arencibia.
The Red Sox have retired ten straight batters.
Bottom 5th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2: Brad Lincoln is the new pitcher for Toronto coming out of the rain delay. He inherits a 2-0 count on Ellsbury with Ciriaco on first base and two outs.
The first pitch comes at 10:51, giving us a one hour and five minute rain delay that time around.
Ellsbury is retired on a grounder to second base to end the inning and make this an official game should the rains return.
UPDATE - Game is now scheduled to restart at approximately 10:50 p.m...that would put us over two hours in rain delays tonight. Of course, the assumption is that the rain returns shortly after we get underway. The tarp is being rolled off and the field relined.
SIDE NOTE (while we wait): The Pawtucket Red Sox have defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barres Yankees, 7-1, to win their best-of-five first round series, three game to one.
The PawSox advance to the International League finals for the first time since 2003 and will be looking for their first Governor's Cup since 1984.
They will face either the Charlotte Knights (White Sox) or Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) in the finals. Charlotte currently has a 2-1 lead in that series and a 5-0 lead in their game this evening.
UPDATE - The grounds crew is putting down bag after bag of quick dry, the rain has subsided for the time being, so they seem to be doing everything in their power to get this one in...granted if they got one more out, it may have been called by this point, but we trudge on into this good night! No time yet for a restart, stay tuned.
Bottom 5th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2: Lavarnway leads off the inning with his second walk of the game. Aviles pushes one past Hechavarria on the left side of the infield to put runners on first and second with no outs. And Podsednik rips a single into right that brings Lavarnway around for the first Sox run and puts runners at the corners.
Iglesias hits a weak blooper that Lind catches at the apex of his reach, then falls down and tags first to double off Podsednik.
Ciriaco plates Aviles with a single and the Sox showing a little life here off of Laffey.
Annnnnd the rain returns...in a big way...and another delay begins.
Top 5th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Aceves does not return to the hill for the Sox after the delay, instead Andrew Miller steps to the bump for his 47th appearance of the year.
Miller promptly retires Rasmus by way of the K for the first out of the inning.
Encarnacion follows with an easy fly out to Ross in right and Lind also flies to Ross to end the inning, the second straight 1-2-3 for Boston.
Aceves' line - 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks
Bottom 4th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: With Ellsbury on first base, Pedroia steps to the plate and the game resumes at 9:23 p.m., 58 minutes later.
Lind fields Pedroia's foul pop-up in front of the Sox dugout for out number one.
Ross gets plunked on his left thigh to put runners on first and second with an out.
And Gomez ends the Sox first threat of the game with a 6-4-3 double play.
Speaking of threats...expect more rain!
UPDATE - The game is scheduled to resume at 9:25 p.m. The tarp is currently being yanked away and field preps have begun.
RAIN DELAY -The skies have officially opened up and the umps have called a delay to this one with on and no out in the bottom of the fourth inning. Tarp is on the field. We will keep you updated about any restart times or additional delays.
The weather has been strange here as the rain stopped as quickly as it started. Tarp being removed.
More rain, tarp back on. Delay is currently at twenty minutes and counting. Sox would be blessed if this one gets called.
Bottom 4th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Ellsbury gets the Sox first hit of the night, a solid, lined single that was just out of the reach of Escobar at shortstop.
Top 4th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Aceves gets Hechavarria looking at a 3-2 slider on the back door for the first out of the inning.
I want to keep giving rain updates, but then I keep getting the Eurythmics stuck in my head and I don't want that at all...but yeah, a little more rain is falling.
Gose, who had worked himself up to .207 after his second inning single, strikes out to inch back towards the Mendoza line.
Davis grounds out to Pedroia to end the inning, the first 1-2-3 by the Red Sox tonight.
Bottom 3rd: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Laffey gets the Sox 1-2-3 for the second time tonight. Pods grounds out to first, Iglesias grounds out to second and Ciriaco flies out to center. Still no hits for Boston as Laffey has thrown 38 pitches thus far.
Top 3rd: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Lind gets a lead off single for the Jays but never advances past first. Escobar flies out to center, Johnson grounds into a fielders choice 5-4 and Arencibia goes down on a 5-3 ground out.
Bottom 2nd: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0:Laffey makes short work of the Sox once again, inducing Cody Ross to ground out to short, then striking out Mauro Gomez before allowing a base on balls to Ryan Lavarnway.
Mike Aviles, who is tonight's designated hitter for Boston...let that one soak in for a moment...he hit a foul pop down the right field line that looked like it may go foul, but Gose tracked it from a long way out in right and made a spectacular diving catch in front of the wall to end the inning.
Top 2nd: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0:Yunel Escobar smokes the first pitch of the inning, a 90-mile-per hour fastball, into the first row of Monster seats for his fifth home run of the year, and the Jays fourth home run in two days. He took advantage of the strong winds to left field here tonight.
Kelly Johnson follows up with a solid single up the middle as the rains started to pick up once again. With his 27th pitch of the game Dice-K plunks J.P. Arencibia to put men on first and second with no out. Adeiny Hechavarria makes him pay with a bounding chopper over the outstretched glove of Pedro Ciriciaco at third base, scoring Johnson to make it 2-0, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Anthony Gose, of .198 batting average fame, laces a single into center that plates Arencibia and Hechavarria. It is clearly not Matsuzaka's night.
Davis sends a line-drive missile to Ellsbury in center for the first out of the inning, but Gose (who stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error) tags and scores.
Rasmus rips a single down the first base line, prompting Bobby Valentine to make the move to the bullpen for Alfredo Aceves.
Matsuaka's line - 1 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, HR, 2 K, HBP, 42 pitches
Aceves is helped out in a big way by the absent-minded Rasmus who sprinted around second on a lazy fly to Ellsbury who made the catch and doubled Rasmus off of first to end the bleeding.
Bottom 1st: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0: Pedro Ciriaco rips a grounder right back at Aaron Laffey who is able to make the play for out number one. Then the rains picked up again and Ellsbury almost gets plunked with Laffey's first offering before striking out. Dustin Pedroia ends the inning with a shallow fly to center that Rasmus handles with ease.
Laffey was not throwing a hard fastball (high 80s), but it seems to be heavy on the hitters thus far.
Top 1st: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0: Matsuzaka needs 20 pitches to retire the Jays without harm . Rajai Davis missed an outside slider for strike three, Colby Rasmus grounded one right down the line to Loney who played it to Dice-K for our number two and
A good mix of fastball and break Edwin Encarnarcion walked on five pitches and Adam Lind struck out on a 90 mile-per-hour cut fastball.
The first pitch of the game from Dice-K came at 7:11 p.m., a 90 mile-per-hour strike to Davis. Game time temps are 77 degrees with a stiff wind coming out of the south at 19mph.
Also, the rains have started up here at Fenway, and the crowd is heading to the nearest dry spot. The umpires have gathered after the end of the inning.
Pregame: Good evening folks, Craig Forde here on fill-in duty tonight. I will be providing you with live updates throughout the evening. Heavy cloud cover keeps quickly rolling over Fenway, but we have had only a small spitting of rain thus far. Nothing nearly as threatening as last night and hopefully things remain dry here and we get underway at 7:10 p.m. as planned. We’ll have more updates as we get closer to game time. It’s Dice-K versus Aaron Laffey in a battle of the two last place teams in the American League East.