Game called, it’s official: Jays defeat Sox, 11-5, 10:36
The Jays wound up defeating the Sox, 11-5, tonight at Fenway Park before a crowd of 37.591. The game was called after a 1 hour 2 minute rain delay. Toronto starter Scott Richmond (8-10, 5.35 ERA) was the winner while Michael Bowden absorbed the loss (0-1, 10.80 ERA).
Time of game: 2:22.
Sox-Jays in a rain delay, 9:33
Dustin Pedroia had no sooner hit a run-scoring double off Casey Janssen, when the skies opened up and a severe downpour of windswept rain interrupted play, with the Jays ahead, 11-5, putting a real damper on the evening.
Casey Janssen in relief of Richmond, Bottom 7th, 9:30
The Jays made a pitching change in the bottom of the seventh, bringing in RHP Casey Janssen to relieve starter Scott Richmond, who wound up departing after giving up four runs on six hits, including three homers, in six innings of work.
Sox make wholesale defensive substitutions, Top 7th, 9:23.
With the Jays in control of an 11-4 lead, the Sox had some substitutions to report in the top of the 7th: George Kottaras catching for Victor Martinez; Joey Gathright in left for Jason Bay; Brian Anderson in right for J.D. Drew; and Manny Delcarmen pitching for Dustin Richardson (1.1 innings, 2 hits).
Ortiz hits leadoff homer, Bottom 6th, 9:16
David Ortiz led off the sixth with his 28th homer of the season, a solo shot off a 0-1 offering from Richmond. It pulled the Sox within 11-4.
Jays continue barrage, 11-3, Top 5th, 8:49
After getting seven runs on seven hits off starter Michael Bowden, the Jays continued to batter the parade of farmhands the Sox sent to mound when Hunter Jones was given the hook in the top of the fifth after allowing two more runs on three hits. Jones wound up getting charged with four runs on five hits in his 1.2 innings of work.
LHP Dustin Richardson, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and added before the game to the 40-man roster, was summoned after Jones gave up an run-scoring sacrifice fly to John McDonald and an RBI single by Jose Bautista. He got out of the inning by getting the first batter he faced in his Major League debut, Aaron Hill, to fly out to center.
Jays jump on Jones to take 9-3 lead, Top 4th, 8:34
Lefthander Hunter Jones entered the game in the fourth in relief of Michael Bowden, who lasted just three innings. Bowden, who was pressed into service after Josh Beckett was a late scratch because of back spasms, wound up allowing 7 runs on 7 hits, including a pair of home runs, while allowing one walk and striking out three. He threw 67 pitches, 37 for strikes.
Jones, however, didn’t fare any better when he gave up a basehit to short stop John McDonald and then was tagged for a 2-run blast by Jose Bautista, whose ninth homer of the season expanded Toronto’s lead to 9-3.
Youk answers with a solo shot in Bottom 3d, 8:18
Kevin Youkilis drilled a 3-1 offering from Richmond into the Monster Seats, helping the Sox pull within 7-3. It was Youkilis’ second homer of the game after his 2-run shot in the bottom of the first and marked his third RBI of the game and 90th of the season. It was also the fourth time this season and ninth time in his career he’s hit two homers in a game.
Barajas hits 3-run HR in 3d, 8:10
Rod Barajas deposited a towering 3-run homer into the Green Monster seats off Bowden to break the game open, 7-2, in the top of the third inning.
With two out and Edwin Encarnacion (basehit) and Lyle Overbay (single to right) aboard, Barajas took a first-pitch offering from Bowden deep for his 19th homer of the season. Bowden, who prompted Hunter Jones to begin working in the Sox bullpen after Overbay reached base, wound up getting out of the inning when he induced Travis Snider to ground to second.
Sox load the bases but come up empty in 2d, 8:01
The Sox threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the second when Richmond began to scuffle and loaded the bases after allowing a double to J.D. Drew and issuing a walk to Casey Kotchman.
After striking out Alex Gonzalez, Richmond issued a two-out walk to Jacoby Ellsbury that loaded the bases for Dustin Pedroia, who wound up stranding Boston’s baserunners when he popped up to right on a 3-1 pitch. Richmond squirmed his way out of the jam and preserved the Jays 4-2 lead.
Youk’s 2-run HR helps Sox cut gap in Bottom 1st, 7:41
Kevin Youkilis helped the Sox pick up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first when he launched a majestic two-run homer off Blue Jays starter Scott Richmond. Youkilis drove in Victor Martinez who reached on a two-out single to left off Richmond. It was Youkilis’ 26th homer and 88th and 89th RBI of the season.
Jays expand lead to 4-0, Top 1st, 7:28
Bowden, who started out by inducing leadoff hitter Jose Bautista to fly out to center, struggled to get out of the inning after he gave up a single to left by Adam Lind and a double to left by Vernon Wells.
Bowden then surrendered his fourth consecutive hit, an RBI single to center by Edwin Encarnacion, which enabled Lind to score from third, prompting a mound visit from pitching coach John Farrell.
Lyle Overbay made it five consecutive hits when he ripped a double to right, scoring Wells and Encarnacion and giving the Jays a 4-0 lead.
Bowden, who threw 39 pitches in the first inning, settled down and struck out the side, getting Rod Barajas (looking at a slider) and Travis Snider (swinging at a 91 m.p.h. fastball), to extract himself from his first-inning mess.
Jays take early lead, 1-0, Top 1st; 7:16
Aaron Hill gave the Jays an early 1-0 lead with one out in the top of the first inning, when he blasted a 1-and-2 offering from Sox righthander Michael Bowden, who was making his first Major League start of the season and the second of his career.