After sweeping the Mariners, they came back home and dropped their series opener to the Jays, who blew John Lackey up for seven runs (six earned) on eight hits.
Lackey struggled from the outset. He hit three batters, walked another two in 4.1 innings.
Meanwhile, Jose Bautista set the Blue Jays’ single-season home run record with a two-run blast in the sixth inning. It was his 48th long ball of the season, passing the mark formerly held by George Bell.
The Sox lost a game on the Yankees, who came back to beat the Orioles thanks to a three-run bomb from Alex Rodriguez in the ninth.
Some post-game reaction from Terry Francona.
On Lackey’s lack of control: He didn’t command very well, and he was up. He had a couple walks a couple hit batters. He misfired a couple times, real bad. Saying all that, the changeup to Overbay ended up being huge – bases loaded and he knocks them in. He just didn’t command very well and like I said, it was up.
If we can stop the bleeding when we take Lack out. Then all of a sudden this gets really exciting. We just couldn’t put a zero up when we needed to. We let them add on. That’s a tough way to play.
I think tonight was one of those nights he certainly didn’t command. He didn’t look like he had a real good feel. He missed his target a couple times big. When he hit Lewis, that ball was supposed to be to the other side. That’s a big miss. He threw a 3-2 pitch and it sailed almost over somebody’s head.
On having Victor Martinez up in the ninth with a chance to tie it: [You like having him up there] especially the way he swung the bat tonight. We gave ourselves a chance. It’s a tough way to play, but we had Patterson ready to run and Bard was throwing in the bullpen. So you give yourself a chance and ever once in a while you’ll pull one of those out. But that’s a tough way to win.
And from John Lackey
On his performance: When you have starts like this, you deserve to lose when you pitch like this. Tonight, it is what it is. I didn’t pitch well and didn’t give us a chance to win.”
And Victor Martinez:
On his two home runs: It doesn’t matter. We lost the game.
Back at it tomorrow …
Bottom of the 8th: Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 7
Victor Martinez’s two-run blast makes it a four-run game. He’s got 17 homers for the season. This is his sixth career multi-homer game and his third this year.
Top of the 8th: Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 5
The Jays go down without much struggle in their first scoreless inning since the fourth.
Bottom of the 7th: Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 5
The Sox go down in order again. Josh Reddick pinch hit for Bill Hall and struck out swinging.
Top of the 7th: Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 5
The Jays tack on one more on a RBI single by Yunel Escobar. Tim Wakefield came on, making him the second oldest player to take the field for the Sox.
Bottom of the 6th: Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 5
The Sox push three across. After Marco Scutaro scored on a ground ball to short, Adrian Beltre launched one deep to left center to score Darnell McDonald. Mike Lowell brought Beltre home with a single to center.
Top of the 6th: Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 2
Not very pretty here. Fred Lewis and Yunel Escobar both singled to start the inning, then Lewis scored on a Michael Bowden wild pitch. Then, sitting on 47 homers with a chance to break George Bell’s Blue Jays single-season record, Jose Bautista smashed one over the Monster to break the game wide open.
Bottom of the 5th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 2
A third straight 1-2-3 inning for the Sox, and again a double-play ball does them in. Bill Hall reached on a walk, but Ryan Kalish grounded to second to start the 4-6-3 twin-kill.
Top of the 5th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 2
Lyle Overbay breaks the stalemate, stroking a two-run double down the right-field line. Vernon Wells stopped at third on the play, but scored on the very next pitch when Aaron Hill drove a sacrifice fly to left.
Adam Lind shot a liner by Mike Lowell at first, then got some help when the ball rolled around the right-field wall and scooted under Darnell McDonald’s bare hand. Overbay scored to make it a four-run lead.
That brought an end to Lackey’s day. Terry Francona called in Michael Bowden to try to clean things up, but he immediately gave up a single to John Buck that brought Lind in.
Bottom of the 4th: Red Sox: 2, Blue Jays 2
David Ortiz reached on a one-out walk, but Mike Lowell bounced one back to Brett Cecil starting the 1-4-3 double play.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox: 2, Blue Jays 2
Lackey evades a first-and-third situation by getting Fred Lewis to fly out to right. The Jays have left five runners on base.
Bottom of the 3d: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 2
Brett Cecil has retired six straight. Marco Scutaro and Victor Martinez both went down on hard line drives to the outfield.
Top of the 3d: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 2
A 1-2-3 inning for Lackey. Jose Bautista popped up high to third and both Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay grounded out.
Bottom of the 2d: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 2:
After a Mike Lowell single to lead things off, the Sox go down quick and quiet.
Top of the 2d: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 2:
Lackey let the first two batters reach for the second straight inning and paid for it. Lyle Overbay led the inning off with a double to the left-field corner and Aaron Hill took a pitch off the hand. Then, the Jays evened it up on a two-run double by Adam Lind that scored Lyle Overbay and Aaron Hill.
Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0
Victor Martinez stroked an 0-2 pitch over the Monster with Darnell McDonald on first to give the Sox an early lead. It’s his 16th homer of the season, and he’s up to 68 RBIs.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0:
The 2010 Hall of Fame inductees were all honored. Terry Francona stayed out a while to chat with Don Zimmer, sparking Tweets like this one:
The last time I saw Don Zimmer coming to the mound in Fenway he was about to get tossed to the ground by Pedro. #RedSox
We’re underway, and John Lackey’s given up two straight singles to Fred Lewis and Yunel Escobar. He got out of the inning by popping up Jose Bautista and getting Vernon Wells to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.