Game over: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2, 11 innings: Shane Victorino delivered a two-run single in the top of the 11th to give Boston the win. Koji Uehara earned the win as he came on in the 10th and got the final out before pitching a scoreless bottom of the 11th.
Uehara made his 55th appearance, which vested his 2014 option of $4.25 million.
Mike Napoli, who struck out three times, made his second nice play at first to catch Rajai Davis’ pop in foul grounds. Will Middlebrooks, who had two hits, made a nice diving play on Jose Bautista to record the second out in the 11th. Edwin Encarnacion grounded to third to end the game. Ryan Dempster pitched seven strong innings. The game was played in 3:37 before 32,816.
Top 11th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2: Shane Victorino singled in two runs with two outs to give the Sox the lead.
Salty drew a walk before Middlebrooks singled. After Ellsbury grounded into a force and stole second Victorino singled up the middle off Aaron Loup.
Bottom 10th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 2 – Craig Breslow retired the first battters of the inning – Arencibia on a pop to first and he struck out Bonafacio. John Farrell summoned Koji Uehara to face Jose Reyes and Uehara struck him out.
Top 10th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 2 – David Ortiz doubled deep to center with one out, but neither Gomes (fly out) or Napoli (strikeout) could get the run in. Brock Holt pinch-ran for Ortiz, so the Sox won’t have the big bat in thelineup if this game should go longer. Napoli has struck out three times and has 158 on the season.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 2 – The Jays had two on, one out but couldn’t get the wining run across. Tazawa got Brett Lawrie to pop out to Mike Napoli in foul territory down the right field line, Nice play by Napoli. Craig Breslow came on to strike out Mark DeRosa.
Top 9th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 2 – Sox can’t muster anything against Jays pen.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 2 – JP Arencibia belts a home run off Junichi Tazawa on a 3-1 pitch to tie.
Top 8th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1 – Mike Napoli struck out again as Sox go down.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1 – Dempster has a strong 1-2-3 inning.
Top 7th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1 – Will Middlebrooks doubled with one out and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single to tie the score at 1. Dustin Pedroia knocked in Ellsbury after he stole second base giving Boston their first lead.
Bottom 6th: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0 – The Jays get a run cut down at the plate on a questionable decision by third base coach Luis Rivera to send Jose Reyes from second on a single to right by Edwin Encarnacion.
Top 6th: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0 – Shane Victorino walked vs. Redmond, and after Pedroia flew out to center, Redmond had apparrently reached his pitch limit and was taken out by manager John Gibbons. Ortiz singled off reliever Brett Cecil and Jonny Gomes, pinch-hitting for Daniel Nava., walked to load the bases with one out. But the Red Sox were unable to capitalize as Mike Napoli struck out and Stephen Drew flew out to center.
Bottom 5th: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0 – Brett Lawrie doubled and rode home on JP Arenecibia’s two-out single to left.
Top 5th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled to right with one out, but Middlebrooks grounded back to the pitcher and Ellsbury flew out to left.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Davis struck out. Bautista fouled out to the catcher and Edwin Encarnacion grounded out to thrid.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – A two-out infield single by Daniel Nava to third base was all the Red Sox could muster against Redmond.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – An efficient 1-2-3 inning for Dempster.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Redmond struck out Middlebrooks and Ellsbury and got Victorino to pop to third.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Blue Jays had two on, one out and couldn’t score. Edwin Encarnacion walked and Brett Lawrie singled to third base, but Maicer Izturis knocked in to a double play to end the inning.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Redmond threw strikes, as advertised, as Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew (strikeout) and Saltalamacchia went down.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Ryan Dempster seemed pumped up in the first inning, retiring the side.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Toronto righthander Todd Redmond came in to the game billed a “strike-thrower” so the expectation was that you may not see the patient approach by the Red Sox hitters. But but both Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz ran the count to 3-2. Redmond got two quick outs on Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino, But Dustin Pedroia doubled to right field after he ran the count to 3-2 and fouled off some balls. Ortiz, who was 2-for-13 in the KC series, walked, but Daniel Nava flew out to right.
We’ll be with you shortly from Rogers Centre. The dome was open for a while, but it was recently shut. Too bad. Was a cool summer night though there were some dark clouds moving in.