TORONTO — The Red Sox got the last out against the Yankees at 1:43 a.m. this morning. They got the last out against the Blue Jays at 10:10 p.m. tonight.
That they won both games is a testament to either caffeine or a good work ethic, probably both.
“I think everybody’s tired. I know I was. I thought it was a workmanlike night,” Terry Francona said.
Clay Buchholz, working on two extra days of rest because of a sore back, threw seven strong innings. He scattered three singles and allowed one run. Whenever he needed to make a pitch, he did.
“Tonight I wasn’t favoring it. I was able to get some good extension on pitches I needed to be extended on,” Buchholz said. “It definitely felt a little different than it has the last couple of starts. … It helps every pitch.”
The Sox collected 11 hits against four Toronto pitchers. Jacoby Ellsbury was 3 for 5 and scored three runs.
Ellsbury has hit safely in 14 of the last 15 games at 26 of 64 (.406) 10 extra-base hits, 10 RBIs and eight stolen bases. He is up to .316 on the season and has an .856 OPS.
“When he’s going and he’s in that leadoff spot, we’re a different team,” Francona said.
That’s seven straight for the Sox and a day game tomorrow. Time to get some sleep. Thanks to everybody for reading.