TORONTO A few takeaways from what was a passionate night of baseball at the Rogers Centre:
Jonny Gomes on the crowd being all over John Farrell: You get those little goose bumps going to the plate with the house going crazy. Thats a quick character check. We're starting to be tight-knit. Go booing any of our guys, we've got your back. Go booing our manager, we've got your back.
Gomes is known for mashing lefties and struggling against righties. But he drew a walk (and eventually scored the go-ahead run) off hard-throwing RHP Esmil Rogers in the eighth inning.
With the score 4-4, Farrell sent up Gomes to hit for Daniel Nava against Toronto reliever Brett Cecil. The lefthander had struck out four of the six batters he faced to that point.
Farrell expected Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to bring in Rogers. That was fine with him.
I was wanting that matchup versus Cecil versus Nava in that situation, Farrell said. Id rather have the righthander in the game than the lefthander.
It worked. Gomes walked on five pitches and ended up on third base when Dustin Pedroia doubled to center. Mike Napoli hit a hard ground ball to third base. Maicer Izturis fielded the ball on his knees and did not have a play at the plate.
Farrell: Its a great atmosphere, great game. For those who maybe only see our dugout on TV, the energy thats in there, the amount of positive comments, guys pulling for one another this is a very good group thats coming together pretty darned quick.
Joel Hanrahan threw 16 pitches in the ninth inning. All were fastballs from 97-99 mph.
Asked Koji Uehara what he yells when he comes back to the dugout. "I don't know. I'm just screaming," he said. Uehara has faced six batters in two appearances and retired them all on 14 pitches.
Do not expect to see the 38-year-old Uehara for more than one inning or on consecutive days too often. The Sox evaluated Uehara closely before signing him to a one-year deal and they feel strongly about making sure he is not overused.
Jackie Bradley Jr. has been up 19 times and seen 77 pitches in four games. His contributions to date 3 hits, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 2 HBPs, 1 SB, 4 runs, 1 outfield assist, 1 tough catch that saved a run have been significant.
Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias left the game in the fourth inning with a deep bruise on his right forearm.
Iglesias was hit by a fastball from Johnson in the second inning. He walked away from the plate holding his arm and the crowd booed him. The boos got louder when Farrell came out to check on him.
Iglesias stayed in the game and made the best defensive play of the young season in the third inning.
With Jose Reyes on first base, Melky Cabrera grounded a ball into the third base hole. Iglesias ranged far to his right, backhanded the ball, and made a strong throw across his body to force the speedy Reyes at second.
But Iglesias felt his arm tighten and was pinch hit for in the fourth inning. His replacement, Pedro Ciriaco, was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Iglesias is day-to-day and will be further examined on Saturday.
There was no suggestion tonight that Iglesias would be replaced by Stephen Drew. But that seemed likely to happen on Monday regardless.