Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 9
J.D. Drew turned a blooped shot into left into a double, but it didn’t matter as the Sox didn’t manage another hit off Kevin Gregg in the 9th and fell to the Jays 9-5.
End of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 9
With one out, Ramon Ramirez gets away with one as Alex Gonzalez hits a ball that Nava catches at the wall. But on the next at-bat, a mistake to Jose Bautista ends up in the seats for Bautista’s 24th home run of the year.
For a moment, it looked as if Vernon Wells had followed up Bautista’s blast with one of his own, but McDonald tracked down the deep fly ball at the wall in center field to end the inning.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 8
Marco Scutaro gets hit by a pitch to start the inning, but the Sox can’t do anything with it as Nava and Ortiz strike out back-to-back and Kevin Youkilis flies out to center field to end the inning.
End of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 8
Encarnacion rips a ball to left field, but after gathering the ball following the bounce off the wall, Nava makes a great throw to second base to get him for the second out of the inning.
Ramirez got Jose Molina to ground out to third to end the inning.
Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 8
A couple lineup changes for the Sox to start the bottom half of the 7th. McDonald replaces the ejected Cameron in center field, and Kevin Cash comes in to play catcher after Patterson pinch hit for Molina.
Dustin Richardson gets Overbay to ground out to Bill Hall to start the inning, and with that, his day is done. Ramon Ramirez is on to face Edwin Encarnacion.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 8
For all the excitement of players and managers getting tossed, the Red Sox end another inning with nothing to show for it.
After Cameron’s strikeout, Bill Hall was hit by a pitch, but Eric Patterson, who was on the pinch hit for Gustavo Molina, went down swinging to end the inning.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 8
Mike Cameron goes down looking for the second time today, and after complaining to Jeff Kellogg about the call, Cameron gets the boot from the home plate umpire.
Francona bolted out of the dugout after Cameron was ejected and proceeded to go off on Kellogg, who had gotten some flack from several Red Sox over the course of the day. And after some choice words, Francona was set packing too.
Francona was in Kellogg’s ear for a good minute or two before the other umpires made their way near the first-base line in an effort to calm the situation down. As Francona made his way off the field the cheers came from Jays and Sox fans alike.
End of the 6th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 8
Scott Atchison got Jose Bautista to ground out to start the inning and followed by getting Vernon Wells to fly out to Kevin Youkilis for the second out.
The Sox brought in Dustin Richardson to face lefty Adam Lind with two outs, and Lind put a pitch over the left-field wall for a solo home run to make it 8-5.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 7
Jason Frasor, who came on for Camp, gets Beltre to ground out to third to end the inning.
After Scutaro grounded out to start the inning, Nava put a double into the left-center field gap, his second of the day. In just 23 games, Nava has hit 10 doubles and with the two hits today, his average stands at .316.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 7
Kevin Youkilis is just having all sorts of problems with home plate empire Jeff Kellogg today. Youk has gone down looking twice, and with Daniel Nava on third base with two outs, Youkilis started the trot to first base after he thought he was hit by a 2-2 pitch.
Kellogg initially waved him back, but after Terry Francona made his way to the mound and the umpires had a conference near the mound, Youkilis was eventually awarded first base. Lot of unrest from the fans here in Toronto as a result.
That’s also the end of the day for Camp, who gets a pretty nice ovation as he makes his way out of the game.
End of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 7
Atchison gets Gonzalez to pop out to Youkilis in foul territory.
Lackey threw 105 pitches and only 58 for strikes. The 7 runs were the second-highest total of the season for Lackey.
Bottom of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 7
A checked swing turns into a double for Fred Lewis, and the Blue Jays have taken a two-run lead.
After Adrian Beltre snagged a rocket hit to third by Jose Molina in the previous bat, Lewis managed to send a ground ball down the line just out of reach of the diving Beltre and into left field.
Both Hill and Overbay scored easily as Lewis trotted into second base for a double. That will end John Lackey’s day as Scott Atchison is on to pitch for the Sox. Lackey’s final totals: 4.2 innings, 8 hits, 7 runs and 6 walks.
Bottom of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 5
A double for Aaron Hill to lead off the inning and a walk to Lyle Overbay brings Sox pitching coach John Farrell to the mound with nobody out in the 5th. The walk to Overbay is the sixth of the game for Lackey, which is his highest total of the season.
Lackey has allowed at least two base runners in four of his five innings today.
And with a wild pitch past Gustavo Molina, Hill and Overbay move to third and second, respectively.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 5
One inning and three strikeouts for Shawn Camp. The right-hander strikes out the side in the fifth after giving up a lead-off single to Drew.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 5
Hall goes down looking at strike three as Drew, who singled, goes to second without a throw. That’s the fifth called third strike of the day for Sox.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 5
Shawn Camp is on to face the Sox here in the 5th. Morrow threw 102 pitches in 4 innings of work and gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits.
End of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 5
Lind lines out to Cameron to end the inning.
After the home run, Lackey retired the next three Jays in order. Jose Bautista took one of the more impressive strikes you’ll ever see as he launched a pitch foul about halfway up the seats in the top deck of the Rogers Centre before eventually grounding out to Lackey for the first out of the inning.
Bottom of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 5
And just like that, it’s tied. Lackey started the inning with his fifth walk of the game, and the second to Fred Lewis. Lewis stole second, but it wouldn’t matter. Alex Gonzalez took a 1-0 curveball just over the fence in left field for a two-run homer.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3
Ortiz leads off the inning with another shot laced to right field, but this time, the one hop of the wall took a bounce before landing in the glove of Jose Bautista, who throw to second just in time to get the sliding Ortiz.
Youkilis struck out looking for the second time today, and Beltre followed with a high pop-up to first base to end the inning.
End of the 3rd: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3
The parade of base runners continued for Toronto in the bottom half of the 3rd, but for the second straight inning, Lackey managed to get out of the inning without giving up a run.
Lackey gave up a lead-off single and another walk, but a couple ground outs and a fly ball to center by Jose Molina with two outs were enough to get out of the inning unscathed. Lackey has thrown 66 pitches through 3 innings.
Bottom of the 3rd: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3
Marco Scutaro just absolutely robbed Aaron Hill of a base hit here with nobody out in the 3rd. After a lead-off single by Adam Lind, Hill hit a hard ground ball into the hole, but Scutaro was able to make a sliding stop and throw to second to get the force.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3
Nava flies out to center to end the inning. Morrow’s totals through 3 innings: 87 pitches, 7 hits, 5 runs (4 earned).
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3
After going down 0-2, Marco Scutaro manages to fight off a few pitches and take a couple balls before knocking a base hit to right field that scores Cameron from second.
That prompts a visit to the mound. Morrow has thrown 84 pitches through just 2.2 innings.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3
The Red Sox are going to have to start wearing body armor when they step to the plate.
With one out Mike Cameron took a Brandon Morrow fastball off the right hand. Francona and a team trainer came out to first to take a look as Cameron squatted down near the base. He’ll stay in the game as Bill Hall steps up.
End of the 2nd: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3
For all of Morrow’s issues so far, Lackey certainly hasn’t been a study in efficiency.
The lead-off walk to Lewis was Lackey’s third of the game, and after two innings he’s thrown 49 pitches, and 24 of those have gone for balls.
Lackey followed up the walk with a strikeout and two harmless fly outs to end the inning.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3
Ortiz followed Nava’s double with a shot to nearly the same spot in the gap. The ball took a short hop off the wall, and Ortiz easily made his way into second base as Nava scored to make it 4-3.
Youkilis went down looking on the next at-bat and had some words for home-plate umpire Jeff Kellogg as he made his way back to the dugout.
Beltre ended the inning with a broken-bat pop-up to third.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 3
After back-to-back singles by Gustavo Molina and Marco Scutaro, Daniel Nava puts a double into the right-center field gap to drive them both in and tie the game at 3.
Something tells me it’s not going to be a long day for Brandon Morrow. With just one out in the 2nd, he’s thrown 49 pitches.
End of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 3
Lackey gets off to a very rough start in the Blue Jay’s half of the first.
After back-to-back doubles by Fred Lewis and Alex Gonzalez to start the game and tie the game 1-1, Lackey gave up two straight walks to Jose Bautista and Vernon Wells that loaded the bases with nobody out.
An Adam Lind single scored Gonzalez, and while Adrian Beltre managed to knock down an Aaron Hill ground ball on the next at-bat and step on third for the first out of the inning, Alex Gonzalez was still able to score from third to make it 3-1.
Lyle Overbay added another single, but the Sox managed to hold Lind at third. And after two straight fly outs, Lackey was out of the inning. It was a 28-pitch first inning for the Sox right-hander.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0
The Sox leave the bases full, but not before managing an early run.
With runners on first and second, Kevin Youkilis singled on a hard ground ball to left field to load the bases. An Adrian Beltre fly ball to left wasn’t deep enough to score Daniel Nava from third, but with two outs, Morrow walked J.D. Drew with the bases loaded to make the score 1-0.
Mike Cameron ending the inning with a called third strike.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
It’s a beautiful day here in Toronto. The roof is open here at the Rogers Centre, and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. It’s John Lackey against Brandon Morrow today as the Jays try to bounce back from the 14-spot the Sox put on them last night. As always, we welcome your thoughts and comments.