Game over: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3 (10 innings): The Red Sox lost in overtime tonight when Brett Lawrie singled off Stephen Drew's glove in a drawn-in infield to score Rajai Davis with the winning run.
Davis led off the inning with a double to center. The speedy Davis took second because he knew Jacoby Ellsbury and his sub-par arm was throwing the ball back to second. Jose Bautista advanced him to third on a ground ball out to second base. After the Red Sox walked Edwin Encarnacion intentionally, the big guy stole second to create second and third and one out.
Lawrie had been 0-for-3 with an HBP in four plate appearances, but managed to hit the ball to Drew's left and the ball hit off his glove on the dive. The run came off Brandon Workman, who pitched three innings in the loss. The game was played in 3:20 before 31,605 at Rogers Centre.
Top 10th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 3 - No Napoli Magic this time as he grounded out to third base to strand two runners in the inning. Before Napoli's ninth-inning homer to tie, he had gone 0-for-16 with 10 strikeouts. The Red Sox put two on on Dustin Pedroia's single and Stephen Drew's walk.
Bottom 9th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 3 - Brandon Workman with another very good inning to shut the Jays down.
Top 9th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 3 - Mike Napoli had been mired in a 6-for-53 slump but with Jonny Gomes on base, Napoli homered to right field off lefty Brett Cecil to tie the game. Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with a double, his 32nd. Strange sight to start the ninth when David Ortiz tried to bunt for a hit against Cecil. Kinda need a home run here, David. He had homered in his previous at-bat.
Bottom 8th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1 - Brandon Workman walks a batter but strikes out JP Arencibia to end the inning.
Top 8th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1 - Red Sox went down in order.
Bottom 7th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1 - Another throwing error by Lester on Kawasaki's comebacker to the mound after he failed to field it cleanly and then threw errantly to Napoli. No harm. Lester came out, Brandon Workman in.
Top 7th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1 - With Rogers out of the game, the Red Sox were retired in order with two strikeouts recorded on Salty and Middlebrooks by righty reliever Neil Wagner.
Bottom 6th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1 - Edwin Encarbacion doubled and Brett Lawrie was hit with a pitch by Lester. It helped when DeRosa knocked into a double play, but JP Arencibia, hitting only .211, doubled in the run.
Top 6th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1 - David Ortiz slams a long linedrive to right for his 23rd homer.
Bottom 5th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 - A two-out double by Rajai Davis, but Jose Bautista popped ou.t
Top 5th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 - Will Middlebrooks reached second when rightfielder Jose Bautista misjudged Middlebrooks' pop to right. Ellsbury grounded out to second advancing the runner to third. But with two outs, Victorino lined out to center.
Bottom 4th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 - Edwin Encarnacion doubled and scored on Mark DeRosa's double which just eluded a leaping Mike Napoli at first and rolled into the outfield.
Top 4th: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0 - A single by Jonny Gomes, but Drew knocked into a double-play and Napoli lined out to second base, robbed of a hit by leaping Kawasaki.
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Bottom 3rd: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0 - Yikes. Poor fielding plays by the Red Sox on Rajai Davis' tapper back to Lester, allowed the speed outfielder to take four bases on a tapper back to the pitcher. Lester, who has always had problems throwing to bases, threw one passed Mike Napoli at first allowing Davis to keep running around the bases. By the time Shane Victorino retrieved the ball in foul territory, he overthrew third base allowing Davis to score..
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 - Ellsbury (grounder to pitcher) and Shane Victorino (strikeout) made two quick outs. Pedroia singled and Ortiz grounded out to third.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 - Lester walked Mark DeRosa with one out, but rebounded to strike out JP Arencibia and got Kevin Pillar to fly out to right.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 - Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled to right with two outs but Will Middlebrooks flew out to right to end the inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 - Jon Lester took the mound. Lester is 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in four starts vs. the Blue Jays this season. He's 14-7 with a 3.67 ERA over his career and has held the Jays to a career .198 average. Lester walked Jose Bautista with two outs, but got Edwin Encarnacion to fly out to right.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 - Jacoby Ellsbury struck out and advanced to first on a wild pitch. Shane Victorino, who has been batting exclusively righthanded for two games because of soreness to an oblique when he bats lefthanded, went back to batting lefthanded and drew a walk against Esmil Rogers.Rogers made a nice recovery striking out Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz back-to-back and getting Jonny Gomes to fly out to right.