Game over: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 5 After going 1-8 on the road trip, the Sox continue their slide and have now dropped four straight games to the Blue Jays for the first time since 2007. Even worse, they have lost four straight games to the Blue Jays at home, a first since going 0-6 in 1989. The game was played in front of a “paid attendance” of 37,156 for the 783rd consecutive sellout at Fenway in three hours and eight minutes.
At 63-76, the Sox are virtually tied for last place with the 62-75 Blue Jays.
Bottom 9th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 5: Gomez celebrated his birthday by launching a two-out, two-run homer over the Monster seats, bringing the Sox within two runs. But it wasn’t enough as the next batter, Posednik, struck out to end the inning.
Top 9th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3: Daniel Bard has now given up a home run in each of his three appearances since returning to the majors.
Sierra led off with a walk and then left the game for pinch runner Anthony Gose, who promptly stole second and third. Bard then struck out Davis. Gose got caught in a rundown between third and home that left Lawrie standing at third. Lawrie then scored when Rasmus made up for missing out on the earlier home run, hitting one to right field.
Bard then struck out Encarnacion, but the damage had been done.
Bottom 8th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 3: Steve Delabar pitched the eighth for the Blue Jays, relieving Oliver (two-thirds an inning, one hit) and immediately gave up a home run, as Pedroia slammed one over the Monster seats and onto Lansdowne.
The Sox, however, had nothing to follow that. Ellsbury struck out, Ross walked and Loney hit into a double play.
Top 8th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2: Rich Hill relieved Carpenter (who gave up one walk and threw one strike out in one inning) and retired the Blue Jays in order. Lind grounded out to second and Arencibia to shortstop and then Johnson flew out to right.
Also, Lavarnway came into the game for Saltalamacchia.
Bottom 7th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2: Alvarez left the game after getting Aviles to pop out to shortstop and walking Ciriaco. He pitched 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, walking two batters and striking out one.
Darren Oliver came in to face Mauro Gomez, pinch hitting for Kalish. Ciriaco showed off his speed stealing second and then scoring on a Gomez’s single to center.
Davis then robbed Posednik of a hit with a nice catch against the wall and doubled up on Gomez who had rounded second, for the third out.
Fun fact: today is Gomez’s 28th birthday.
Top 7th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: The Sox have now retired the last eight Toronto batters.
Chris Carpenter came in for the top of the seventh and got Lawrie to ground out to shortstop, struck out Rasmus and induced a groundout to third from Encarnacion.
Mortensen left the game after pitching two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out four batters.
Bottom 6th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: The Sox also went down in order. Ross and Loney both grounded out to shortstop and then Saltalamacchia hit his third fly out to left of the night.
Top 6th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Mortensen struck out the side: Johnson, Sierra and Davis. He has struck out four of the seven batters he has faced tonight.
Bottom 5th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Pedroia recorded his 400th career RBI as the Sox finally got on the board in the fifth inning.
Ciriaco started the inning with a groundout to third. Kalish bunted and just beat out the throw for a hit, then advanced to third on a grounder into right field by Posednik. Pedroia almost hit into a double play as Lawrie got the ball over to Johnson at second to get Posednik, but Encarnacion couldn’t dig out the ball at first. In the meantime, Kalish sprinted home, giving Pedroia his 400th RBI. Ellsbury followed all of that by striking out looking – the first of the game for Alvarez.
Top 5th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Rasmus almost started the inning off with another homer, but fell just short in the triangle and had to settle for a triple. That hit knocked Doubront out of the game after throwing 88 pitches, giving up five runs on six hits (two of which were home runs), striking out four batters and walking two.
(For the record, Bobby Valentine was met with a few boos on his way to the mound.)
Clayton Mortensen entered the game and got Encarnacion to hit a broken-bat line drive to second. Escobar, however, followed that with a soft line drive into short right field to score Rasmus. Mortensen then struck out Lind and got Johnson to ground out to third.
Bottom 4th: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 0: The Sox started out with some excitement as Ross hit a double off the wall and then advanced to third on a grounder to second by Loney. But then he got stuck there as Salty flew out to left and Aviles grounded out to second. Henderson Alvarez has now induced nine ground ball outs and three fly outs.
Top 4th: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 0: Doubront started off strong, inducing pop flies from Adam Lind and Arencibia but then walked Johnson and then gave up a bomb to Sierra. Davis followed that with a single, advancing to second on an error by Ciriaco, before Doubront struck out Lawrie to get out of the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0: Posednik has Boston’s first hit of the game, a line drive into left, but nothing comes of it as Pedroia follows with a fielder’s choice to shortstop. Ellsbury hit a grounder to second to end the inning just as Ryan Kalish started it.
Top 3rd: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0: Toronto expands its lead with a home run from Encarnacion, his 38th of the season and the 20th Doubront has given up.
Bottom 2nd: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0: Sox don’t have a hit in the second inning either. James Loney grounded out to first, Jarrod Saltalamacchia flew out to left, Mike Aviles walked but then was left on base when Pedro Ciriaco flew out to short left field.
Top 2nd: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0: Feliz Doubront struck out two in the second: J.P. Arencibia to lead off and Rajai Davis for the third out. In between, Kelly Johnson grounded to second (Pedroia again flashing some leather) and Moises Sierra walked.
Bottom 1st: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0: The Red Sox can’t get a hit in the first. Scott Posednik grounded out to shortstop, Pedroia reached on Escobar’s error, Jacoby Ellsbury flew out to left, Ross almost hit the hot dog guy with a foul ball and then grounded to shortstop and Pedroia was out at second.
Top 1st: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0: Brett Lawrie hit a double up the first-base line, advanced to third on a dribbler up the middle (on which Dustin Pedroia made a nice play) by Colby Rasmus, then scored on Edwin Encarnacion’s sac fly.
Both Pedroia and Cody Ross had a chance on a goofy-looking blooper to short right by Yunel Escobar – Ross slid and tipped the ball up then Pedroia got a bit of glove on it but didn’t really have a chance. The hit ended up being inconsequential as Escobar was stranded at first.
Pre-game update: The game is now scheduled to being at 8:25.
Pre-game update: The tarp is coming off the field, but a start time has not yet been announced.
Pre-game: It’s a rainy evening at Fenway and the start has been delayed. We don’t have a new start time yet, but will let you know when we do.
I’m Diana C. Nearhos and I’m filling in at the Globe tonight and will be bringing you updates all game long, and all delay long for that matter. Follow along and feel free to comment below, I’ll address your comments as much as I can.