Game over: Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 1: Clay Buchholz improved to 6-0 with seven shutout innings as his ERA dropped to 1.01, the lowest since Roger Clemens’ 0.73 after six starts in 1991. Buchholz got plenty of help offensively as the Red Sox ripped Blue Jays pitching for five home runs, two by Mike Napoli and the others by Stephen Drew, Daniel Nava and Mike Carp. Fifteen hits in all. The series is now tied 1-1. There were 21,094 on hand at Rogers Centre in a game played in 2:52.
Top 9th: Red Sox 10, Jays 1: Mike Carp pinch-hit for David Ortiz and homered to right. Big night for Napoli with a ground-rule double after two homers. Nava, who homered earlier, singled in the run.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 8, Jays 1: -Alex Wilson replaced Buchholz, who went seven innings, allowed two hits, no runs with three walks and eight strikeouts. Wilson allowed a leadoff single to Maicer Izturis who came in on Brett Lawrie’s triple to center.
Top 8th: Red Sox 8, Jays 0: The Red Sox threatened with a Drew single and David Ross ground-rule double. But they did not score.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 0: Buchholz walked a batter and allowed a single to Melky Cabrera who made a stupid base-running mistake by trying to stretch it to a double. He was thrown out at second by five feet by Nava.
Top 7th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 0: The rout is on. Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer after a run scored on a wild pitch. Napoli, who was making fun of himself for the number of strikeouts he’s had this season, was hoping the roof would stay closed because he liked the way the ball was carrying. He’s hit two homers tonight for the 11th time in his career. He has 31 RBIs.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0: -Buchholz has this game under complete control. He’s retired nine straight Blue Jay batters.
Top 6th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0: – David Ortiz doubled to left and Mike Napoli drew a walk. With one out, Will Middlebrooks singled to load the bases, but Stephen Drew knocked into an inning-ending double-play.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0: Buchholz continues to be dominant against a tough Jays lineup. Retires the bottom of the order.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0: Buehrle’s first 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0: – A leadoff walk by Jose Bautista, but Buchholz retires the next three batters including a strikeout of Edwin Encarnacion. Buchholz is so good at mixing pitches and locations. Drives hitters crazy.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0: Mike Napoli homered to straight center in the second deck on a 1-1 pitch from Buehrle. It was followed immediately by Daniel Nava’s solo shot to left field on a 1-1 pitch.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0: Three strikeouts for Buchholz, who allowed a one-out single to Munenori Kawasaki.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0: Jonny Gomes walked, but that was all against Buehrle.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0: Three ground ball outs for the Blue Jays against Buchholz.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0: After two long outs by Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava, Will Middlebrooks was hit by a pitch from Mark Buehrle, who then surrendered a two-run homer to Stephen Drew who put a sweet swing on a 1-0 fastball and sent it into the second deck in right field.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Clay Buchholz got through the inning with the exception of a walk to Colby Rasmus.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Jacoby Ellsbury reached on an infield single to third on a slow roller that Brett Lawrie couldn’t make a play on. Ellsbury eventually advanced to second base when Mark Buehrle’s pickoff throw hit Ellsbury. Dustin Pedroia flew out to center and David Ortiz lined out to right to end the threat.