What started as a promising night for the Red Sox turned into another disappointment, as the Sox scored just once over the last eight innings and fell to the Blue Jays 6-4.
Clay Buchholz took his sixth loss of the year after going six innings and allowing five runs, four of them earned, on six hits with four walks and one strikeout. R.A. Dickey earned his eighth win after going six innings and allowing four runs on nine hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Buchholz blew a 4-3 lead in the sixth, as he walked Josh Thole, who was driven in on an RBI triple by Ryan Goins to tie the game. The Jays took their first lead of the game on a throwing error by Boagerts that allowed Goins to score from third and put Toronto up 5-4.
Jose Bautista put Toronto up by two in the seventh by launching the first pitch he saw from Andrew Miller into the left field seats.
Daniel Nava and Xander Bogaerts got the Sox back on top with two outs in the fifth, as Nava hit ground rule double to right and Bogaerts drove him home with a double of his own to make it 4-3.
The Red Sox got off to a great start as they led off the game with three straight hits: Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia both singled, and David Ortiz drove them home with a three-run bomb to right, his 24th of the season. It was the 37th of Ortiz’s career at Rogers Centre, which passed Alex Rodriguez for the most ever by a visiting player at the ballpark.
The Jays answered right back with three straight hits of their own in the bottom of the inning, as they sent eight batters to the plate to score three runs and tie the game 3-3 before Buchholz could get out of the first.
MVP: Jose Bautista
Bautista was the engine driving the Blue Jays offense, as he went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo homer, and two RBIs. Catcher Josh Thole was Honorable Mention after going 2-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, and two runs scored.
GOAT: Clay Buchholz
After the Sox gave their starter a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, Buchholz gave it right back, allowing three straight hits in the Jays first at bats, eventually seeing eight Toronto hitters come to the plate in the first before he could get out of the inning. He later gave up another lead in the sixth, albeit just a 4-3 advantage.
ICYMI: David Ortiz’s three-run homer in the first passed Alex Rodriguez for most by a visitor at Rogers Centre. Ortiz’s 24th of the 2014 season was also his 37th career home run in Toronto.
QUOTE OF THE GAME:
Clay Buchholz: "I'll take the blame for this one, for sure."— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) July 24, 2014
NUMBERS TO KNOW: David Ortiz tied Adam Dunn for 35th on the all-time home runs list, as both hitters now have 455 career dingers…He also passed 1,500 career RBIs with the three-run homer, becoming the 14th-fastest player to reach that feat…Clay Buchholz had walked just one batter in five starts since coming off of the DL in late June; he walked four on Tuesday…Dustin Pedroia snapped an 0-for-17 streak after singling in the first inning…Xander Bogaerts’ fifth inning double was his first since June 6…With two hits on Wednesday, Daniel Nava now has five muti-hit games in his last six starts.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Red Sox dropped back to seven games under .500 with the loss, with their 54 losses tying them with the White Sox and Twins for third most in the American League…The Red Sox loss saw their road record fall to 21-28 this season. They remain in last place in the AL East, sitting at nine games behind the first place Orioles (who play a late game in Los Angeles on Wednesday.)
LOOKING AHEAD: Rubby De La Rosa will start for the Red Sox in their final game of this four-game set, hoping to pitch the Sox to a series split. He’s 3-2 with a 2.64 ERA in seven starts for the Sox this season. He earned a win his last time out, throwing seven innings and allowing one run on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts on July 19 against the Royals.
The Blue Jays will send Marcus Stroman to the mound on Thursday, as the righthander looks to improve upon his 4-2 record in nine big league starts. He threw seven shutout innings in his last start on July 19, holding the Texas Rangers to four hits while issuing no walks and striking out five.