Game over: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4: That’s five of six, six of eight and 16 of 22 for the rampaging Red Sox, who are alone in fourth place and have dumped John Farrell’s Jays into last.
Doubront (6-2) gets the win. The Sox are 8-3 when he starts. Good bullpen management by Bobby V that finished with Aceves getting his 14th save. Huge day for Nick Punto (3 for 4, double, homer, two RBIs, 2 runs).
Red Sox are 15-11 on the road with wins in 14 of their last 20.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4: It’s Nick Punto’s world, we’re all just living in it. He homered deep to right to start the inning and even watched it a bit.
Punto is 3 for 4 with a double, a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. He had been 7 of 53 (.132) with one extra-base hit and three RBIs this season.
Aceves in to try to close it out.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4: Interesting inning there. Encarnacion singled off Albers. Andrew Miller came in and struck out Rasmus. Padilla came in and Lawrie singled to right. Sweeney double-clutched his throw and threw the ball sideways somehow. Encarnacion scored on the game’s fourth error.
Davis then flied to center. With Cooper up, Lawrie tried to steal third and was thrown out by Salty as Yoik made the tag from the seat of his pants.
Dumb, dumb baseball there, trying to steal third with your team down two runs and the tying run at the plate. Very little advantage is gained even if successful.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 3: Ortiz singled through the shift with one out against Darren Oliver. Salty then walked. Francisco Cordero came in and walked Youkilis to load the bases. Sweeney grounded softly to first, scoring Ortiz with a pad run. Byrd then lined to left.
Byrd is playing center. Sweeney went to right. Gonzo is at first and Youk is at third. Alvers stays on the mound to start the bottom of the inning.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: Doubront fanned Johnson and left the game. Albers came in and got the next two outs, Bautista on a fly ball to the fence in left.
Doubront has a 3.75 ERA on the season, 2.72 in his last six starts. He has been their best starter so far, period.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: The Sox had two on and two outs when Jason Frasor replaced Drabek and fanned Aviles.
Doubront out for the seventh.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: 1-2-3 inning for Drabek, who has retired eight straight. Doubront also set down the side in order. He has retired six straight. Felix is at 97 pitches, so perhaps he will get into the seventh inning for the second time this season.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: The Sox went in order in their half of the fifth. Bautista homered to lead off the bottom of the inning for Toronto, a line shot to left center. He had been 1 for 17 against the Sox this season. Doubront then set down the next three hitters.
Doubront is at 89 pitches and may only have an inning left.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 2: With two outs, Cooper hit a chopper to the left side of the mound. Doubront had a play and flubbed it. Mathis then bunted for a single. A single by Johnson drove in Cooper.
Doubront usually fields his position pretty well, too.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 1: Youkilis doubled and went to third on a throwing error by Bautista in right field. If only the Jays had good outfielders like Adrian Gonzalez.
Sweeney walked. Youkilis then scored when Middlebrooks grounded into a double play.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1: The Sox went in order in the top of the third. In the bottom of the inning, Mathis homered with one out. Johnson and Escobar singled before Bautista hit a fly ball to center. Encarnacion grounded to short and a bad hop caught Aviles in the right hand. He was shook up but stayed in the game after what was called an error. With the bases loaded, Rasmus had a chance to atone for his flub in the second inning. But he popped to third.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0: Doubront walked Encarnacion then retired three straight. Gonzo caught two balls in right field. If you didn’t know better, you’d just think he wa a right fielder. It’s pretty seamless for him.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0: Salty walked and went to third on a one-out single by Sweeney. Middlebrooks hit a laser to the gap in right, so hard that he settled for a single as Salty scored. Punto —yes, Nick Punto — doubled in a run with a liner down the line in right. That was his fourth RBI of the season. Nava followed with a fly ball to center that Rasmus botched. Nava was inexplicably given credit for a two-run single. But no matter how you score it, it’s 4-0.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: That’s Felix being Felix. He struck out Johnson with a fastball, got Escobar on a one-hopped back to the mound and Bautista on a grounder to third. Middlebrooks played it behind the bag and made a strong throw to Youkilis.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Easy for Drabek as Nava popped to left, Aviles grounded to short (nice spinning play by Escobar) and Gonzalez hit a fly ball to left.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from chilly Toronto. The roof is closed at Rogers Centre as the Red Sox face the Blue Jays again.
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