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Final: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 6 (10 innings)

Game over: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 6, 10 innings

Had just turned to colleague Mike Vega before Rajai Davis came up and said, “He needs to win the game for the Jays after that bonehead running play when he got caught between third and home in the fourth inning.”

Davis was the victim of a missed squeeze on that play by Yunel Escobar. Davis and the Jays more than made up for it. Davis singled to center, stole second on a pitch-out and stole third right after that. He rode home on David Cooper’s sac fly to win the game. Jason Varitek was catching and Matt Albers was pitching. But Davis stole both bases outright..


Top 10th: Jays 6, Red Sox 6

Really thought AGon would hit No. 3 there. Hit ball hard to left for an out with Pedroia on board. By the way, 17,820 fans here. That’s awful.

Top 9th: Jays 6, Red Sox 6

Frank Francisco just blew his first save of the season, He was 2-for-2. AGon has hit his second homer to left field. He’s got six on the season. Jose Iglesias got his first major league at-bat – reached base on a strikeout, wild pitch by Francisco, who struck out Crawford to strand two baserunners. Matt Albers is on in the bottom of the 9th..

Bottom 8th: Jays 6, Red Sox 5

Daniel Bard has given up a solo homer to David Cooper. That’s right, David Cooper. His first career home run. The infielder came on to replace Yunel Escobar as a pinch-runner after Escobar suffered a lower left leg contusion after being hit with a pitch by Jon Lester in the 6th inning. Cooper was on an 0-for-11 streak. Cooper was a No. 1 draft pick of the Jays (17th overall) in 2008. He was hitting .395 in Triple-A Las Vegas with two homers and 19 RBI before his call-up on April 29th. He got his first major league hit May 1 vs. the Yankees.


Because of injuries the Jays are really down to one player on their bench – Jose Molina. Adam Lind has had back issues and the team is trying to decide whether or not to send him to the DL. Daniel Bard

Top 8th: Jays 5, Red Sox 5

Clutch two-out hit by Jarrod Saltalamacchia hitting righthanded. It knocks in pinch runner Jose Iglesias, who ran for Jed Lowrie after he doubled to lead off the inning. Ellsbury followed with his third hit, a single. McDonald is running for Salty at second. So we’ll have Varitek catching and Iglesias at shortstop. Jon Rauch in to pitch for Jays with two out and two on. Pedroia grounded to third to end the threat.

Bottom 7th: Jays 5, Red Sox 4

Nice job by Richie Hill. 1-1/3 scoreless innings. Balkmaster Alfredo Aceves came on and plunked Juan Rivera off the left shoulder, walked Arencibia and McDonald (great at-bat) to load the bases. Up came Rajai Davis, he of getting thrown out between third and home fame. On the second pitch from Aceves, Davis lined out to right to end the threat.

Top 7th: Jays 5, Sox 4

Golden opportunity gone. First and third one out, David Ortiz up. The big fella knocked into a 1-5-3 (Ortiz shift was on) double-play. Ortiz had just fouled a ball off his foot, so he wasn’t swift down the line to avoid it. Not that he could have anyway.


Bottom 6th: Jays 5, Red Sox 4

Catcher JP Arencibia stroked a 1-2 breaking ball over the left field wall to give the Jays the lead. Arencibia’s fifth homer. Not Lester’s night. He departed with one out in the sixth after hitting Escobar with a pitch, his 114th of the night. Escobar was hit off the left foot with a breaking pitch and had to leave the game. Rich Hill came on. Lester allowed seven hits and, so far, five runs. The Jays really got his pitch count up quickly being very patient and fouling off a lot of pitches. Must say, I was surprised to see Hill stay in to face Bautista, but he got him to ground out to short stop to end the inning. Hill retired both batters he faced – got Patterson to fly deep to center.

Top 6th: Red Sox 4, Jays 4

Strong inning for Jays reliever Jason Frasor who struck out the side (Crawford, Salty and Ellsbury).

Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 4, Jays 4

One of the best righthanded sluggers in the game – Jose Bautista – blistered a 2-2 Lester fastball over the left field fence to tie the game. It’s Bautista’s 11th home run. You can see why the Red Sox tried to trade for him this offseason before acquiring Carl Crawford. He would have been perfect. He entered the game with a .524 on base percentage, the best in baseball. He has the fourth best OBP through 35 games in the American League since 1946. Paul O’Neill of the 1994 Yanks was .563, Ted Williams of the 1957 Red Sox and 1946 Red Sox was .540 and .533 respectively..,


Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Jays 3

Adrian Gonzalez banged a two-run homer to left field – his 5th – with Pedroia on board on a 1-0 pitch by Drabek. Ortiz singled for his third hit, one triple from the cycle.

Bottom 4th: Jays 3, Red Sox 2

Is this why they are, as Dan Shaughnessy used to call them, the Blow Jays? Talk about boneheaded plays. Rajaii Davis is fortunate enough to bang a triple to the leftcenter gap on a ball that Crawford tried to make a diving play on and missed. He’s on third base, and sure, you’re always tempted, if you have Davis’ elite speed, to steal home against someone like Lester who is lefthanded with his back turned to you and slow to the plate. What we don’t know is was Davis really serious about stealing home? He ran hard halfway down the line and then….stopped. (Could have been a missed squeeze). Saltalamacchia had him dead and he threw to Youkilis at third who applied the tag. Would love to hear the conversation between Davis and Jays manager John Farrell on that one.

Top 4th: Jays 3, Red Sox 2

David Ortiz brings the Sox to within a run with a long drive over the center field fence, his fifth homer and 17th RBI, Ortiz has also doubled. Ortiz has 7 RBI in his last 10 games. The mounted a secondary rally in the inning with two outs with Crawford reaching on an error by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and Saltalamacchia working a walk. Ellsbury, who remains red hot, singled through the shortstop hole. Crawford, trying to score from second base was gunned down on a nice throw by left fielder Corey Patterson. Should Crawford have been sent with two outs? Obviously, he has great speed, but the ball wasn’t hit too deeply to left. Tough call for third base coach Tim Bogar.


Bottom 3rd: Jays 3, Red Sox 1

Jays had runners at second and third with one out and Lester pitches his way out of it. Patterson singled and with one out, Encarnacion lined a vicious ground-rule double to left that kicked into the stands. Lester got a big out when Hill popped out to shortstop, Juan Rivera walked to load the bases. Lester fell behind 2-1 on JP Arencibia, but got the young catcher to ground to Gonzalez at first base for the final out. Lester has labored with his control, but so far has been able to limit the damage.

Bottom 2nd: Jays 3, Red Sox 1

Much crisper inning for Lester, 1-2-3.

Top 2nd: Jays 3, Red Sox 1

Carl Crawford extended his hitting streak to 10 games and knocked in David Ortiz with Boston’s first run. Ortiz led off with a double to rightcenter and Drew singled him to third base. Lowrie and Saltalamacchia both struck out and Ellsbury sent a deep drive to center that was tracked down by Rajai Davis.

Bottom 1st: Jays 3, Red Sox 0

Ugly inning for Jon Lester. With umpire Paul Emmel behind the plate, Lester walked three of the first four batters. Edwin Encarnacion’s bases loaded walk got one run in. He also allowed a single to Corey Patterson. Aaron Hill’s grounder to short got the second run in and Adrian Gonzalez dropped a pop up in short rightfield (on which he did force the runner at second base) allowing the third run to cross.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Jays 0


An absolutely dreadful crowd here. So sad compared to the heyday in the early 1990s. Jacoby Ellsbury wasted little time in extending his hitting streak to 19 games with a single to right field off Jays phenom Kyle Drabek. He’s now 30-for-80 during the streak. He also stole second base. After Dustin Pedroia walked, Ellsbury was picked off second base on a nice timing play between Drabek and Yunel Escobar. Both Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis struck out and Drabek squirmed out of it.


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