After posting back-to-back wins for the first time in two weeks, the Red Sox couldn’t complete a Roger Centre sweep of the Blue Jays, losing the series finale on Wednesday 5-2.
Holding a 2-1 lead entering the bottom of the seventh, three different Sox pitchers allowed the Jays to score four times, with the gut-punch coming in the form of a pinch-hit, three-run homer by Danny Valencia off of Junichi Tazawa.
Marcus Stroman earned his eighth win of the year, going 7 2/3 innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Tommy Layne took the loss after failing to record an out in the seventh and allowing the eventual game-winning run.
Sox starter Joe Kelly went six innings and allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander has pitched well since coming to Boston, but he’s still looking for his first win in a Red Sox uniform.
The Jays jumped out to an early lead on a solo shot by Jose Bautista in the bottom of the first, but that would be the only scoring from both teams through the first five frames.
The Sox grabbed their first lead of the game as they loaded the bases in the sixth and David Ortiz singled home David Ross from third. Brock Holt then scored from third on a wild pitch by Stroman to put the Sox up 2-0.
The Red Sox now have a day off before heading to Tampa Bay for a three-game weekend series with the Rays at Tropicana Field.