Pap shuts the door (End of Game, 11:43, 6-5 Sox)
Jonathan Papelbon found himself in a bases-loaded jam trying to close out a long one. He struck out Adam Lind to start the inning, and had two strikes on both Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells but gave up bloop singles to both hitters and then hit Randy Ruiz. He pumped a high hard one past Rod Barajas to get him swinging for the second out, then finally got Travis Snider swinging to end the inning, giving Papelbon his 31st save and also securing the Sox win.
Sox grab the lead (End 8, 11:21, 6-5 Sox)
With the bases loaded after a David Ortiz walk, a J.D. Drew double, and an intentional pass to Jason Varitek, the Sox got the go-ahead run when Casey Kotchman shot a ground ball hard to the right side. Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay couldn’t field it cleanly, and made the only play he could, cutting down Varitek at second. Ortiz came in to make it 6-5. Papelbon will come on to try to close it out.
Nearly an hour later, Okajima ends the inning (Mid 8, 11:04, 5-5)
After a 49-minute rain delay, Hideki Okejima came on and got Aaron Hill to pop up to right.
Game to resume at 11 (Top 8, 10:50, 5-5)
The tarp is up and the grounds crew is whipping the field into shape.
Out by a foot (Top 8, 10:19, 5-5)
Tied at 5, with Travis Snider on first, John McDonald drove a ball hard into the left-field corner. It looked like Snider might come around to score the go-ahead run. The relay came in quickly from Jason Bay to Alex Gonzalez, but Snider was halfway home when Gonzalez was making his throw. Snider looked like he’d slide in easily, but Jason Varitek stuck his foot in the way and kept Snider off the plate, keeping the game knotted up. The play came as the rain started picking up. The tarp is out and the rain doesn’t seem like it will slow up any time soon.
Stalemate (Mid 7, 9:54, 5-5)
Both teams are into their bullpens, with the Sox going to Takashi Saito in the sixth for a clean inning and Daniel Bard in the seventh for another. Josh Roenicke came on for the Jays in the sixth and tossed a three-up, three-down inning.
Jason Bay’s 29th home run ties game (End 5, 9:23, 5-5)
Suddenly it’s a slug fest. Jason Bay took an 0-2 pitch and turned it into a two-run bomb. After a tough July in which Bay went deep just once, he’s had eight jacks in August to go with his .298 average, and 16 RBIs. This dinger was an immediate answer to the two-run shot from Rod Barajas an inning earlier. Now, Takashi Saito is on to pitch for the Sox.
Barajas’s two-run blast give Jays lead (Mid 5, 9:11, 5-3)
Rod Barajas took a tennis swing at a Josh Beckett fastball, and fired it over the Monster for a two-run home run that gave the Jays a 5-3 lead. It was the 12th home run Josh Beckett’s allowed this month, and all have come in his last three starts.
Ellsbury’s double ties it at 3 (End 4, 8:58, 3-3 Sox)
With the Sox stringing hits together for the first time, Jacoby Ellsbury capitalized. With Drew on, Ellsbury launched a ball to the deepest part of the ballpark, bouncing it into the triangle to tie it at 3. After a quiet night, the Sox’s offense came alive when Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz knocked consecutive singles to start the inning. Then, after Jason Bay struck out looking at a close pitch, Drew ripped a liner to right, driving home Youkilis for the Sox first run of the night. With Ortiz on third and Drew on first, Jason Varitek shot a long fly ball to right to bring home Ortiz. Ellsbury is 2 for 2 with a single, a double, a walk and an RBI.
Beckett fans two, nails Scutaro (Mid 4, 8:41, 3-0 Jays)
Standing in with a single and a run scored to his credit, Marco Scutaro took a Josh Beckett fastball off his helmet and hit the ground, staying down for a short while before being taken off the field and out of the game. Beckett fanned Aaron Hill an Adam Lind to end the inning.
Sox threaten, but still scoreless (End 3, 8:29, 3-0 Jays)
At the time he shot his single to left, Jacoby Ellsbury was the Sox’ only base runner. Dustin Pedroia changed that, shooting a missile that ate up Jose Bautista at third for Boston’s second hit of the night. A wild pitch put them both in scoring position, but Victor Martinez bounced out to first to end the inning with the Sox coming up empty..
Clean inning, but walks trouble Beckett (Mid 3, 8:22, 3-0)
Almost an identical start to the inning for Beckett. Ground ball out, convincing strikeout, then back-to-back walks. He let Vernon Wells go on five pitches. Then Rod Barajas stared long and hard at a 92-m.p.h. fastball high and away until umpire Gary Cederstrom ruled it off the plate for ball four. Beckett cleaned up the mess by striking out Travis Snider (looking). It was his fifth strikeout of the night, but it matched his five walks, which are a season high. To put the walk total into further perspective, he issued five walks the entire month of July and just four in June.
1-2-3 inning for Sox (End 2, 8:05, 3-0 Jays)
Scott Richmond tossed a sharp inning, fanning David Ortiz with a slider, getting Jason Bay to ground out to third, and getting J.D. Drew to sky out to center.
Jays blast off for 3-0 lead (Mid 2, 7:57, 3-0 Jays)
At the start of the inning it looked like Josh Beckett was in complete control. Rod Barajas slammed his bat after Beckett got him to ground out to short. Travis Snider hung his head after he came up empty on a Beckett curveball (becoming Beckett’s second strikeout victim). But then Jose Bautista was saved by first base umpire Fieldin Culbreth on a check swing trying not to chase a Beckett fastball high and out of the zone. Marco Scutaro let a fastball go by for Beckett’s third walk in two innings. Then Aaron Hill got a hold of a 77-m.p.h. curveball and shot it over the Monster for a three-run homer. It was the 11th home run Beckett allowed this month, more than July (3), June (1), May (3) and April (3) combined.
Ellsbury left stranded (End 1, 7:41, 0-0)
After a leadoff walk from Jacoby Ellsbury, his 34th this season, Jays pitcher Scott Richmond got fly balls out of Dustin Pedroia (deep to center), Victor Martinez (lazy to center), and Kevin Youkilis (looping to shallow right) to end the inning quietly.
Beckett makes it interesting early (Mid 1, 7:30, 0-0,)
Looking to right the ship after shoddy starts at Toronto (seven earned runs) and New York (eight), Josh Beckett didn’t do himself any favors in the early going, but he worked himself out of a potential jam, hanging up a zero in the first. He gave up a pair of base hits — a Marco Scutaro bouncer through the right side and another Aaron Hill looper to right — and found himself in a second-and-third situation after a Adam Lind groundout. He got Lyle Overbay swinging for the second out, but walked Vernon Wells to load the bases. He got out of the jam by fanning Randy Ruiz with a curveball.