Game over: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1: The Red Sox made it interesting when Romero walked the first two batters. he got Adrian Gonzalez on a long fly ball to center field, but both runners advanced to scoring position. Pedroia made a daring move tagging up from first to get to second base. Jays manager John Farrell took Romero out and brought in his closer Sergio Santos, who blew the save in Game 1 of this series. Not this time. He struck out Kevin Youkilis. David Ortiz grounded out to second base. The Sox ended the trip, 1-5.
Bottom 8th: Jays 3, Red Sox 1: The Jays scored an insurance run and it was helped by a botched pickoff play. With two outs, Rajai Davis walked and was picked off first by Lester, but Adrian Gonzalez’ throw was a little wide and Davis was able to avoid Mike Aviles’ tag. Yunel Escobar singled him in.
Top 8th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1: The Red Sox have run into tough pitching on this road trip, starting with Justin Verlander and ending with Ricky Romero, who has retired 17 straight.
Bottom 7th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1: Three fly ball outs. Other than a tough third inning, he’s been perfect. Thirteen straight retired by Lester.
Top 7th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1: This has turned out every bit as good as the matchup would indicate. Romero and Lester matching each other. Both guys are dealing and working quickly. Romero has retired 14 straight.
Bottom 6th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1: It would be a shame if Lester lost or didn’t get a decision in his second straight game. He’s pitched well enough again today. He’s retired 10 straight batters and right now the Jays can’t touch him. Bautista took a called third strike to end the inning.
Top 6th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1: Romero retired the top of the Sox order quickly. Gonzalez drove the ball to rightcenter, but Bautista caught up to it. Romero has certainly found himself again.
Bottom 5th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1: Lester struck out two at the bottom of the Jays order en route to another 1-2-3 inning.
Top 5th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1: Brett Lawrie makes a great diving grab of a Cody Ross liner which seemed to be headed for a single to left. Eight consecutive Sox batters have been retired.
Bottom 4th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1: Lester retires the side in order. Brett Lawrie nearly hustled his grounder to third into an infield hit, as he was less than a half-step of beating it out.
Top 4th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1: Youkilis, Ortiz and McDonald retired in order by Romero, who has retired five straight.
Bottom 3rd: Jays 2, Red Sox 1: Both Romero and Lester seemed to hit a wall in the third inning after breezing through the first two. Rajai Davis was only 2-for-14 career vs. Lester, but his triple to the rightfield corner scored Eric Thames to tie the game after Thames had singled and advanced on a wild pitch. Yunel Escobar’s sacrifice fly scored Davis with the go-ahead run. Kelly Johnson then walked with two outs and advanced on Kelly Shoppach’s passed ball. Lester finally retired Jose Bautista on a weak grounder to first.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Jays 0: Jacoby Ellsbury finally did something productive with a lined single to the opposite field scoring Mike Aviles. The Sox put the first batters on when Cody Ross and Mike Aviles singled. Bobby Valentine had Kelly Shoppach try to move the runners along with a bunt, but catcher J.P. Arencibia threw Ross out at third. Ellsbury was 2-for-21 before his base hit. The Sox stranded two runners, however, as Dustin Pedroia struck out and Adrian Gonzalez grounded out.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Jays 0: Lester went to 3-2 with Edwin Encarnacion before striking him out. Ben Francisco and Brett Lawrie grounded out. Lester has matched Romero – six up, six down.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Jays 0: Romero has been very efficient. Two ground balls and a foul ball out to third. He’s retired six straight.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Jays 0: Jon Lester mowed down the Jays in the bottom of the inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Jays 0: The Ricky Romero-Jon Lester matchup is underway. Jacoby Ellsbury looks horrible at the plate. As we’ve said, pitchers are throwing him a steady diet of breaking balls after his MVP-like season. Ellsbury was fishing for an off-speed pitch as he struck out to open the game. He’s now hitting under .100. Pedroia, who is playing with a sore shoulder, sent one to the deepest part of center field for the first out and Adrian Gonzales flew out to deep left. Romero was 2-2 with a 6.56 ERA in four starts vs. Boston last season and is 4-6 with a 7.12 ERA overall. He did beat the Sox last Sept. 14 when everyone was beating them.