Final, Red Sox 7 ,Blue Jays 5: Although he said he’d check to see how Koji Uehara was feeling before sending him out to shut the door for a third straight day, John Farrell always seemed pretty confident that Uehara could do it without any issues — and he did.
He caught Maicer Izturis staring at a fastball. Then after Emilio Bonifacio put up a fight that lasted eight pitches, he got him to chase a splitter, down and away. To close it, he got Jose Reyes to bounce out to Jose Iglesias at short.
That makes in nine straight scoreless appearances for Uehara.
With the win, the Sox are 16 games over .500 for the first time since 2011.
End of the seventh, Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 5: Pulling pinch hit duty with the bases loaded, Jonny Gomes came through in the clutch, ripping a sharp ground ball through the left side of the infield that scored Shane Victorino.
Even though Dustin Pedroia was ready to race to the plate, third base coach Brian Butterfield played it conservatively, holding him up and keeping the bases loaded with one out. He was able to jog to the plate after Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s five-pitch walk.
After that, they would leave the bases loaded. Brandon Snyder struck out and Jose Iglesias (who at one point was so sure he worked a bases-loaded walk that he took steps towards first) grounded out to short
Middle of the seventh, Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 5: Andrew Bailey just gave up a game-tying solo shot to Edwin Encarnacio, and these tweets from Pete Abraham sum up the extent of Bailey’s recent.
Bailey's last 7 appearances: 5 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 5 BB, 5 K … 5 HR. #redsox
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 29, 2013
Bailey has allowed 7 HR this season. Previously in his career: 13 over four seasons. Not sure where they go from here
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 29, 2013
Meanwhile, Encarnacion’s sitting on 23 homers.
End of the sixth, Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4: The Jays managed to get the most of Rajai Davis’s leadoff single. He swiped second, then JP Arencibia moved him over to third with a ground ball to first and Maicer Izturis drove him in with a fly ball to center field.
Now that the Jays have eaten into what was once a 5-0 lead, it’s up to the Sox’s bullpen.
Andrew Bailey was warming up. It will be the second time the former closer has pitched since he was demoted on June 21.
His last time out against Detroit, he gave up two singles to the three batters he faced in the seventh and gave up a run. He’s given up runs in four straight games, something he’s never done before in his career.
But he’s had some success agains the Jays with a 1.88 ERA. In 12 appearances against Toronto, he’s only given up a run in one of them.
End of the fifth, Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: Trouble-free for most of the night, Allen Webster finally ran into trouble of all kinds in the fifth. His changeup was getting touched up, he was having a hard time finding the strike zone, and to top it all off he had call a conference on the mound so because of an emergency shoelace situation.
He gave up three runs on three hits and a walk, but all things considered he handled the crises well. He again, nearly got a double play on a Jose Reyes ground ball. Brandon Snyder (playing third with Jose Igesias at short for the injured Stephen Drew) tried to go around the horn and got a strong turn at second from Dustin Pedroia, but Reyes was too quick down the line.
After giving up RBI singles to Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, he got fly balls from Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus to get out of the inning.
*Stephen Drew left the game in fourth inning with right hamstring tightness, after hitting a one-out double. He was 2 for 2 with the double, a triple and two BRIs on the night.
End of the fourth Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0: A strange double play effectively killed an what could have been a big inning for the Sox.
With Josh Johnson out knocked out of the game after Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-run single, the Blue Jays sent Aaron Loup to the mound to pitch to Shane Victorino with one out.
Victorino swung and missed on a 2-and-2 fastball, and in the process ended up off balance and over the plate, interfering with Jays catcher JP Arencibia.
Because of it, who was trying to swipe second, Ellsbury was called out on the play, and the inning screeching to an end.
End of the third, Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1:Watching David Ortiz run the bases has become it’s own form of entertainment this season. He’s scored from second on a single four times this season. He’s stolen a couple bases.
So when he decided to try his luck on Daniel Nava’s liner to right, there was some will-he-make it suspense?
He came down the third base line like a speeding SUV, and with the throw coming in from Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista he slid to try to beat the tag by catcher JP Arencibia.
When Dreckman told him he didn’t, and Ortiz was hopping mad. Pointing at the plate as if to say, “Did you see that.” He clearly meant the play at at home, but if he had meant the fact that he had sprinted halfway around the basepaths, you could have understood just the same.
It was the first time all season that he’s been thrown out at the plate.
The Sox did hang another one up on Mike Napoli’s RBI single.
End of the second, Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0: Colby Rasmus was in a pretty tough spot. Stephen Drew shot a screamer to center, that sent Rasmus sprinting deep toward the triangle. He reached up to grab it, but lost it as he ran into the garage door.
Drew’s triple scored Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava, giving the Sox an early lead.
In the previous 15 home games coming in, Drew hit .352 (19-for-54) with 10 extra-base hits.
Webster showed some poise after giving up a leadoff single to Adam Lind. He got ground balls that were very nearly double-play balls to both Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis, then got Arencibia to bounce one back to the mound the end the inning, never letting the Blue Jays get a runner in scoring position.
He’s obviously struggled in the majors with runners in scoring position (.333 batting average against, two homers allowed and eight runs given up). In Pawtucket teams were hitting just .224 against him with men on.
Weirdly though, double plays weren’t really his thing. In 14 starts, he only induced six of them.
End of the first: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Webster only needed 10 pitches to get out of the inning. He fanned Jose Reyes in five, setting him up with four fastballs (all between 92-95 mph) then getting him to chase a changeup down and away.
Webster came in averaging a strikeout per inning (12 in 12) in his major league starts this season. In 51.1 innings with Pawtucket this season, he hung up 56 Ks.
Meanwhile Josh Johnson sat the Sox down in order. He fanned the leadoff hitter, too, but Jacoby Ellsbury took exception with it. He swung at a 2-and-2 fastball, but thought he was interfered with by JP Arencibia’s glove. He stayed in the box long after home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman rung him up. John Farrell came out from the dugout — if anything to keep Ellsbury from getting tossed.
Pregame: On a couple different levels, this is a pretty important start for the Red Sox’s young right-hander Allen Webster. He’s making back-to-back big-league starts for the first time. It’s his first taste of of the AL East tonight. And he’s trying to shake off a pair of short and ugly outings.
His last time out, he gave up five earned runs in 4.1 innings at Detroit. That was more than a month after giving up eight runs to the Twins.
Here’s one interesting tidbit from the Sox game notes:
Has allowed 5 home runs over 12.0 ML innings this season, all against left- handed batters…Has surrendered just 0.41 home runs allowed per 9.0 innings pitched (25 HR/545.1 IP) in his minor league career.
We’ll see how things pan out for the 23-year-old tonight. Enjoy.