COMPLETELY DOMINATING (3:22, END 9, 3-1 JAYS)
Ortiz flied high and deep to right, Bay popped foul to first, and Ellsbury struck out swinging to finish off the Sox 3-1 defeat.
After an encouraging start by Clay Buchholz Friday, the Sox dropped their first series after the All-Star break and will end day ahead of the Yankees by just one game. The Sox managed only six hits — and just one after the third inning — against Roy Halladay, who threw a complete game.
HALLADAY OUT FOR THE NINTH (3:17, END 8, 3-1 JAYS)
Manny Delcarmen pitched the ninth and gave the Sox a chance to come back. The main problem is Halladay remains on the mound. He’ll face Ortiz, Bay, and Ellsbury. If the Sox can get a man on for Ellsbury, he has two homers in his career against Halladay.
EASY EIGHTH (3:09, MID 8, 3-1 JAYS)
The Sox have three outs left, and their final chance will have to be against Halladay, it looks like. Drew popped up foul to the catcher on Halladay’s first pitch. Pedroia hit a soft liner to right that stayed up long enough for Bautista to make a running catch. Youkilis tapped to third. Halladay has thrown only 91 pitches in eight innings.
LESTER GETS THROUGH SEVEN (3:05, END 7, 3-1 JAYS)
Lind doubled with two outs, but Lester escaped thanks to Bay. Rolen lifted a fly ball to left, down the line and hooking. Bay made the catch reaching into the stands, taking the ball away from an eager fan.
Halladay is out for the eighth, and he’ll face the top of the Red Sox lineup.
HALLADAY BREEZES THROUGH SEVEN (2:58, MID 7, 3-1 JAYS)
Varitek popped up. Kotsay struck out looking at a pitch that may have been outside, then let home plate umpire Eric Cooper know he disagreed. The Sox haven’t been very happy with Cooper today. Green followed with another strikeout looking. The Sox have six hits off Halladay, only one since the third.
Lester remains on the mound, his pitch count just over 100.
JAYS ADD ON (2:52, END 6, 3-1 JAYS)
Rios stole second to wash away any chance of a double play, and then Barajas lofted a 2-2 fastball to center to plate Overbay, who has had a huge series. Bautista popped out foul to end the inning, but one run carries a lot of weight with Halladay on the mound.
LESTER WORKING HIS WAY OUT? (2:49, BOT 6, 2-1 JAYS)
Overbay doubled and Rios singled him to third to begin the inning. Rios stole second, but was sent back to first when the home plate umpire ruled Millar had foul-tipped the ball into Varitek’s glove. Millar popped out to Pedroia in shallow right. If Lester can get a double or strike out, he can get himself out of a serious jam.
NOTHING DOING (2:41, MID 6, 2-1 JAYS)
You get the feeling if the Sox are going to come back, it’s going to happen only when, or if, Halladay leaves the game. Ortiz ripped a hard single to left-center, but the Red Sox couldn’t get anything else going. Youkilis led off with a ground out, Bay reached on a fielder’s choice, and Ellsbury popped foul to third. Halladay has thrown almost 80 pitches.
LESTER COMES BACK (2:33, END 5, 2-1 JAYS)
So maybe this will turn into a pitchers duel. Lester struck out Aaron Hill looking at a nasty backdoor breaking ball and then Lind swinging at a curveball that broke away and into the dirt. Rolen flied to right. No trouble this inning.
HALLADAY STILL STRONG (2:29, MID 5, 2-1 JAYS)
Another 1-2-3 frame for Halladay. Nick Green struck out on a foul tip that manager Terry Francona came out and argued. (On the replay, it seemed like the ball hit off Green’s bat and then hit the ground before Barajas snared it.) Drew grounded out, and Pedroia flied to center.
LESTER SQUIRMS LOOSE (2:18, END 4, 2-1 JAYS)
With one of Toronto’s most dangerous hitters up, Lester got out of a difficult spot. Scutaro chopped one back to him, and he flipped to first to end the inning.
JAYS LOAD ‘EM UP (2:15, BOT 4, 2-1 JAYS)
Lester has gotten himself into some trouble with two outs. Overbay grounded out. Lester struck out Rios looking at a backdoor cutter. Kevin Millar chopped a ball off the plate that traveled about 10 feet. Lester pounced on it, but his high throw pulled Kotsay off first base. Barajas struck again by flaring a single into left. Lester walked Jose Bautista on four pitches to load the bases for Scutaro.
NO WAYWITH HALLADAY (2:04, MID 4, 2-1 JAYS)
Aside from Youkilis and Pedroia, Halladay is his typical stingy self. Ellsbury grounded out, Varitek struck out, and Kotsay grounded out.
NO DAMAGE (1:57, END 3, 2-1 JAYS)
Lester walked Marco Scutaro to lead off the inning, but retired Jays in order from there, including a strikeout of Adam Lind.
SHUT DOWN (1:49, MID 3, 2-1 JAYS)
The Sox couldn’t capitalize on their chance. Ortiz grounded out to first, and Bay crushed a fly ball to center that Alex Rios ran under. Bay has hit the ball hard twice. In his first at-bat, he pushed Rios back to the warning track.
GETTING GOING (1:46, TOP 3, 2-1 JAYS)
The Sox won’t let Halladay settle in. Drew grounded out. Pedroia knocked his second hit, a one-hopper through the left side, and Youkilis shot his second hit, a line-drive single, to the opposite field. The Sox have men on first and second for Ortiz.
JAYS GRAB LEAD (1:38, BOT 2, 2-1 JAYS)
Rod Barajas came to the plate in the bottom of the second, with men on first and second base, 0 for his last 20. He ripped a double down the left-field line, giving Toronto the lead against Lester. So far, this isn’t exactly the pitchers duel one would have imagined.
FAST START (1:30, BOT 2, 1-0 SOX)
The Red Sox did something tough in the first inning — they got a run off Roy Halladay. Dustin Pedroia reached on an infield single, Kevin Youkilis doubled, and David Ortiz pushed home Pedroia with a line-drive sacrifice fly to right. Jon Lester mowed down the Jays in order, and Mark Kotsay was stranded at second in the top of the second after singling and stealing second. Lester struck out Scott Rolen to begin the second, then walked Lyle Overbay, Toronto’s first baserunner.