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Final: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 2

Posted by Staff  September 21, 2013 05:38 PM

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Final: 4-2 Blue Jays: Matt Thornton became the fourth Red Sox pitcher of the night after he came in for the top of the ninth, walking Davis who then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gose. Arencibia then hit a long single off the Green Monster to score Gose from second, extending the Blue Jays’ lead to 4-2. Goins hit a soft ground back to Thornton that he took the first base himself for the second out of the inning, then Reyes drew a walk. That would be the night for Thornton, as Rubby De La Rosa was brought in to face Mark DeRosa, forcing him to ground out to second to end the top of the ninth.

The bottom of the inning would see Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen take the hill to try and finish off the Red Sox. Gomes would strike out looking to begin the inning, followed by a fly out to left by Nava. Middlebrooks would strike out to end the game, and the Red Sox would lose a tough one, 4-2.

End of the 8th inning, 3-2 Blue Jays: Ryan Dempster came on in relief of Britton for the top of the eighth, getting Reyes to fly out to deep center field to start the inning. Kawasaki then hit a bullet that Dempster tried to stab, but glanced off his glove and towards second base. Pedroia, now playing second base, had to change direction and scramble, but fielded the ball and managed to just beat Kawasaki with a throw to first. Kawasaki, clearly upset with the call, promptly slammed his helmet on the ground, causing him to be immediately ejected by the first base umpire. Lawrie hit a two-out single to centerfield and Lind walked to put runners on first and second with two outs, but Dempster struck out Sierra to get the Red Sox out of the jam.

Sergio Santos came on to pitch for Toronto to start the bottom of the eighth and got Drew to fly out to deep left field, struck out Victorino, then got Ortiz to ground into the shift for a 1-2-3 inning.

End of the 7th inning, 3-2 Blue Jays: Drake Britton replaced Buchholz to begin the seventh inning, and surrendered a leadoff single to Gose. Arencibia flew out to right for the first out of the inning. Ross then threw out Gose at second base, his third throw out of the night and Britton struck out Goins to end the top of the inning.

Dustin McGowen replaced Buehrle to start the bottom of the seventh, promptly striking out Middlebrooks. Bogaerts then reached and advanced to second on an error by third baseman Brett Lawrie and later advanced to third on a wild pitch, finally scoring on a ground out to second by Ross. Dustin Pedroia came in to pinch hit for McDonald, bringing the crowd to its feet, but struck out to end the inning.

End of the 6th inning, 3-1 Blue Jays: Lind launched a shot to center to open up the inning, but Victorino backed up to catch it on the warning track. Sierra grounded out to shortstop on the next pitch, then Davis worked Buchholz to a 3-2 count before walking. Gose lined a shot deep to left field, but the ball crossed into the stands just before Pesky’s Pole, and Davis was thrown out stealing on a pitch out in which Drew made a sprawling tag to end the top of the inning.

Drew singled to lead off the bottom of the inning and Victorino was hit on a 3-2 pitch by Buehrle. The Blue Jays argued that he leaned into the pitch, but it was to no avail. After Ortiz flew out to center, Gomes got the Sox on the board with a single down the third base line that scored Drew from second and advanced Victorino to third. Nava then grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning, but the Red Sox had cut the deficit to two.

End of the 5th inning, 3-0 Blue Jays: Arencibia grounded out to Drew to start the top of the fourth, followed by a Goins single to left. Reyes drew a walk from Buchholz, then Kawasaki hit into a fielder’s choice that moved Goins up to third. Buchholz got out of the inning unscathed after Lawrie grounded to Middlebrooks and Buchholz covered the bag, but by then Buchholz had already thrown 88 pitches in the contest after throwing just 36 through the first three innings.

Middlebrooks lined out to Reyes at shortstop to begin the bottom of the frame, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop before Ross knocked a single to left field. McDonald popped out to the catcher to end the inning with the Sox still down 3-0.

End of the 4th inning, 3-0 Blue Jays: Reyes led off the top of the fourth with a single to right, but he was caught stealing on a bullet throw by Ross to Drew at second. After failing to bunt Reyes over, Kawasaki lined out to second on a nice jump by McDonald. Lawrie then beat out an infield single to third for the second Toronto hit of the inning, and scored when Lind lined a double to deep center field that glanced off of Victorino’s glove. Lind advanced to third on a single to left by Sierra, and scored on a bloop single to left field by Davis. Sierra scored when Buchholz tried to pick off Davis and threw the ball by Middlebrooks at first. Gose flew out to center to end the top half of the inning, but the damage was done, as Buchholz allowed five hits and three runs to give Toronto a three-run lead, all the runs coming with two outs.

Victorino led off the bottom of the inning with a single, but Ortiz and Gomes struck out, and Daniel Nava grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning down 3-0.

End of the 3d inning, 0-0: Anthony Gose hit a shot to right that Nava tracked down for the first out of the top of the third. Stephen Drew made a great diving stop and throw to beat J.P. Arencibia, much to the delight of the Fenway Faithful. Buchholz then induced a ground ball to first from Ryan Goins that Middlebrooks took himself and Buchholz retired the first nine Blue Jays on just 36 pitches.

In the bottom of the inning, David Ross and John McDonald struck out back-to-back, then Drew hit a deep fly ball to left center that looked like it would reach the wall, but Gose made a great running catch to rob Drew of a potential extra base hit.

End of the 2d inning, 0-0: Adam Lind led off the inning by smoking a grounder into the shift, but John McDonald made a nice backhand play in short right field and threw Lind out at first. Moises Sierra grounded out to Drew for the second out, and then Rajai Davis hit a ground ball back to the mound that Buchholz fired to Middlebrooks for the third out of the inning.

Daniel Nava flew out to right field to start the bottom of the inning, Middlebrooks flew out to left, and Xander Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop to keep the game tied after two innings.

End of the 1st inning, 0-0: Clay Buchholz struck out Jose Reyes to begin the night, then forced Munenori Kawasaki to pop out to second, finally striking out Brett Lawrie to end the inning. Buchholz threw 12 pitches with nine strikes.

Stephen Drew singled to lead off the bottom of the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Shane Victorino. Drew advanced to third when David Ortiz flew out to centerfield, but was stranded there when Jonny Gomes struck out to end the frame.

Pregame: Manager John Farrell made a few interesting decisions for the lineup tonight, including resting Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli, while starting John McDonald at second base and Will Middlebrooks at first.

Middlebrooks has never played first base in his career, but Farrell went with the move hoping it could help his strategy later in the postseason.

"There may be the potential, the situation in the postseason where if we pinch run for [Napoli], does [Middlebrooks] go over to first?" Farrell said before the game. "So there’s a couple things that go into thought with him being at first base here tonight."

Also, before the game there was a special ceremony, as the ’47 Brand team, makers of the iconic "B Strong" hats, and Boston Red Sox Ownership presented a check of over $1.4 million to Mayor Thomas Menino and The One Fund, representing the proceeds from all the sales of the "B Strong" hats since the Boston Marathon Bombing. Mayor Menino, the City of Boston, and the Boston Red Sox Ownership also hosted a street-naming ceremony and un-veiling outside Fenway Park in thanks of '47 Brand co-founder Arthur D'Angelo.

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