Game over: Blue Jays 9, Red Sx 3
The Red Sox lost the two-game series here with a 9-3 defeat to the Jays. A one-run game in the 7th turned into a one-sided affair for the Jays, who put five runs up in their half against John Lackey, who was left in longer than expected. We’ll get an explanation as to why Lackey stayed in so long from Terry Francona after the game.
Rajai Davis, who tortured the Red Sox on Tuesday, had four hits, knocked in two runs, and stole two bases. John McDonald stroked a homer and had a two-run double.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead on Kevin Youkilis’ RBI single in the first. After the Jays went up, 4-1, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz hit homers in the sixth inning to make the game close.
Lackey, who was charged with nine runs, now has an ERA of 8.01 on the season. Jose Iglesias, making his first major league start at shortstop, went 0 for 3 with a strikeout.
Bottom 8th: Jays 9, Red Sox 3
Jays had a pair of base-runners but didn’t score against Wakefield.
Bottom 7th: Jays 9, Red Sox 3
Strange they stayed with Lackey so long. And strange that Tim Wakefield was the guy warming up and who came in. Lackey, who threw 118 pitches, almost worked himself out of the jam, but he allowed a bases loaded walk to David Cooper with two outs. Lackey had a tough inning, walking Patterson, allowing a hard single to Bautista off the left field wall, but then he got two outs before walking Arencibia to load them up.
After the Cooper walk, you figured that would be it, but Francona kept him out there. McDonald lined a double to left as two runs scored. Finally, Francona came out to take him away. Wakefield allowed a single through the shortstop hole to Rajai Davis, his fourth hit. Two more runs came in. Lackey was charged with nine runs over 6.2 innings.
Top 6th: Jays 4, Red Sox 3
Sox are clubbing their way back in this one. Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz hit solo homers – the red-hot Gonzalez hit his to left and Ortiz to right. It was Gonzo’s 7th and Papi’s 6th.
Top 5th: Jays 4, Red Sox 1
The Sox put the first two men on (Drew walk and Crawford single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games), but got nada. Salty struck out (after knocking into a double play his first time up), Iglesias grounded sharply to third, and Ellsbury left runners at the corners when he grounded to short after being up on the count, 3-0, going to 3-2 before fouling off a couple of pitches.
Bottom 4th: Jays 4, Red Sox 1
John McDonald stroked a solo shot to left field off Lackey. Rajai Davis, who stole the show Tuesday night, stole second base with one out despite a nice throw by Saltalamacchia that was just a tad late. A few moments later, after drawing a pickoff throw from Lackey to Dustin Pedroia covering (to no avail), Davis went again, beating another nice throw by Saltalamacchia. Their speed allowed the Jays to tack on another run as Escobar got Davis in with a sac fly to right-center.
Bottom 3d: Jays 2, Red Sox 1
Lackey Meltdown 1: He loaded the bases after Corey Patterson stroked an RBI single when he walked Jose Bautista (probably not a bad move). He walked two batters and had a few nasty stares at plate umpire Gary Darling on balls and strikes. Aaron Hill got the second run in with a ground ball to Kevin Youkilis at third. With runners at second and third, J.P. Arencibia sent a deep drive to right-center, but Jacoby Ellsbury tracked it down for the final out.
Top 3d: Red Sox 1, Jays 0
Jose Iglesias, batting ninth, grounded to short in his first at-bat in his first starting role. He was out by a step.
Bottom 2d: Red Sox 1, Jays 0
Lackey hit rookie David Cooper with a pitch with two outs. It drew booing from the crowd. Cooper had homered and also drove in the winning run with a sac fly Tuesday night.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Jays 0
John Lackey gave up a leadoff single to Yunel Escobar, who advanced to second base when Lackey caught Corey Patterson’s pop and made a bad throw to first base in an attempt to double off Escobar. But he settled in and got two foul pops to end the inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Jays 0
Kevin Youkilis’s single to left brought Adrian Gonzalez in with the first Boston run. AGon is on a tear. He hit two homers last night and sent this Jesse Litsch pitch off the center-field wall for a double with two outs.