End of the 9th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 3
After a lead-off single by Lyle Overbay, Dustin Richardson gets Edwin Encarnacion to ground into the 5-4-3 double play. Following a Jose Molina walk, Fred Lewis grounded out to second, and that was all.
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Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 3
Strange sequence in the top half of the 9th. With Darnell McDonald on first, Ortiz lined a ball at the pitcher. After a flip to first to get Ortiz, McDonald got caught in a rundown between first and second for the double play.
End of the 8th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 3
Two more near-home runs as both Dewayne Wise and John Buck took Manuel to the track. But Toronto left Vernon Wells stranded on third after a double and a sacrifice by Buck, and they go scoreless.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 3
Bill Hall turned a blooped shot to right into a double as he went full-speed around first base and slid in safely at second. But the Sox couldn’t do anything with it as Kevin Cash grounded out and Eric Patterson struck out to end the inning.
Looks like Manuel will be back on to face the Jays in the 8th.
End of the 7th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 3
Scattered solo homers probably won’t do it for the Jays, but that doesn’t mean they’re not trying. Jose Molina took Manuel deep to left for Toronto’s third run of the game.
Toronto leads the league in home runs with 132, 16 ahead of the Sox. But they were 16th in runs scored coming into tonight’s game.
Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 2
Robert Manuel on to pitch for the Sox in the bottom of the 7th. Lester goes six innings and gives up 2 runs on 4 hits.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 2
The Sox load the bases in the 7th but come away empty as Nava flies out to end the inning.
Beltre and Ortiz walked for the second time each as the free passes to first continued for the Sox. That’s 7 on the night.
End of the 6th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 2
And the Blue Jays are on the board! John McDonald takes Lester deep to left and puts one off the foul pole for a solo home run.
With two out, John Buck doubles to score Vernon Wells from first.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 0
Whacky sequence as the Sox score their 14th run. With runners on the corners, Bill Hall hits a ground-rule double down the right field line that’s called due to fan interference. Nava scores from third, and initially, it was ruled that Mike Cameron, who was on first, would be sent home due to the interference.
Janssen didn’t seem to be a big fan of the call, and after arguing his case, was tossed by third-base umpire Mark Carlson. In the end, an umpire conference determined that Cameron should not have fact been sent home. No luck for the Blue Jays today.
End of the 5th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0
The offensive rampage that Boston has gone on is overshadowing the fact that Jon Lester is throwing an absolute gem. He just struck out the side for the second time today, and that brings his total to six for the night.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0
Casey Janssen, superstar. He puts down the Sox 1-2-3 in the 5th.
End of the 4th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0
The rout continues as Lester makes quick work of the Jays. A pop out by Jose Bautista is followed by a line out by Vernon Wells, and after a single by John Buck, Lester gets Aaron Hill to line out to Bill Hall to end the inning.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0
Casey Janssen doing the trick for the Jays. Ground outs by Bill Hall and Kevin Cash end the inning, but the damage is already done.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0
Rough doesn’t even begin to describe the inning Brian Tallet just had.
Mike Cameron just put another ball over the left-field wall to make it three homers for Boston in the 4th. That’s all for Tallet.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 12, Blue Jays 0
New inning, same story. Back-to-back solo home runs by Youkilis and Beltre to start the 4th for the Sox. Youkilis took Brian Tallet deep to left before Beltre came up and smoked a ball over the wall in center field.
End of the 3rd: Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 0
Lester counters Romero’s stinker with a 1-2-3 inning in which he strikes out the side. No problems so far for Lester.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 0
And we’re finally off the merry-go-round. Marco Scutaro and Darnell McDonald each added their second base-hits of the inning, with Scutaro’s scoring both J.D. Drew and Mike Cameron and McDonald’s sending Kevin Cash across the plate.
Romero has really struggled in his last two outings. In his last start, he gave up 8 runs on 7 hits in just 2.2 against the Yankees. Tonight– 2.1, 9 runs (5 earned) on 5 hits.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 0
Three more runs have ended Ricky Romero’s night.
Back-to-back singles by Scutaro and McDonald to start the inning looked like trouble, and things didn’t get any better from there. After Romero walked Ortiz to load the bases, Youkilis sent a sacrifice fly to left to score Scutaro.
After Adrian Beltre walked to load the bases again, Lyle Overbay botched a throw to the plate on a J.D. Drew ground ball to first, allowing McDonald to score. Romero walked Mike Cameron on the next at-bat, which scored Ortiz and ended Romero’s night.
End of the 2nd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0
Lester surrendered another walk, this one to Lyle Overbay with two outs, but he gets out of the inning with relatively little trouble as Edwin Encarnacion lines out to McDonald in left to end the inning.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0
Two great plays by Adrian Beltre lead to the first run of the game. With one out Beltre laced a double into the left-center field gap. A Mike Cameron single with two outs sent Beltre racing toward home where he managed to avoid the tag and reach his hand back to swipe it across the plate.
A Bill Hall home run to right center field on the next at-bat scored him and Cameron, and headed to the bottom of the second, it’s 3-0.
End of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Three fly-ball outs get Lester out of the 1st. Lester threw 16 pitches in the and had to work around a two-out walk to Jose Bautista, but Vernon Wells’ fly ball near the line in right was tracked down by second basemen Bill Hall to end the inning.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Ricky Romero makes quick work of the Sox in the 1st. After Scutaro grounded out to the pitcher, Darnell McDonald sent a harmless fly ball to right field and David Ortiz followed it up with a grounder right into the shifted first basemen for the final out of the inning.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
After a morning full of rain in Toronto, the weather has cleared up and the roof is open at the Rogers Centre. There are plenty of empty seats around the ballpark tonight, and a lot of the ones that aren’t empty seem to be filled with people in red shirts.
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