Final: Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 10
Pinch runner Mike Aviles was thrown out at the plate to end the game.
The Red Sox squandered a two-run lead and a huge opportunity to get Tim Wakefield his 200th career win after Daniel Bard was charged with a career-high five runs and threw a season-high 36 pitches in a ruinous five-run eighth-inning eruption by the Blue Jays in an 11-10 loss before a Rogers Centre crowd of 16,154.
Wakefield departed with a comfortable 8-5 lead after five innings, but watched as the bullpen imploded over the next four frames.
Top of 9th: Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 10
Adrian Gonzalez got one back for the Red Sox with a leadoff homer to right against Frank Francisco. It was Gonzalez’s 24th homer of the season and gave him 106 RBIs. David Ortiz followed with a single to right, and went to second on Kevin Youkilis’s groundout to third. After Carl Crawford struck out, Marco Scutaro hit an RBI single to center, which scored Ortiz from second to pull the Sox within one.
Bottom of 8th: Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 8
Bard got off to a shaky start when he hit leadoff batter Brett Lawrie and gave up a single to right to Adam Loewen, whose first major league hit advanced Lawrie to third. Bard walked J.P. Arencibia to load the bases, but struck out the next two batters before issuing a walk to Eric Thames. It scored Lawrie and loaded the bases for Jose Bautista, who drew a walk to tie the game.
It prompted Francona to summon Matt Albers to relieve Bard, who departed after being charged with a career-high five runs and throwing 36 pitches, the most he’s thrown all year. Albers didn’t fare any better when he gave up a three-run double to Edwin Encarnacion before striking out Kelly Johnson to end the inning. Rotten luck for Wakefield, who took a no-decision for the fourth time in his last seven attempts at career win No. 200.
Top of 8th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 6
Shawn Camp relieved Jesse Litsch and kept the Red Sox off the board, despite giving up a two-out double to center to Jacoby Ellsbury, who picked up his fourth hit of the game and 39th double of the season. After Dustin Pedroia grounded to short, it was evident the bullpen was going to have to get it done for Wakefield.
Bottom of 7th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 6
The Red Sox weren’t about to mess around when Daniel Bard was summoned from the bullpen after Dan Wheeler gave up a two-out RBI single to left to Edwin Encarnacion. it scored Yunel Escobar, who hit a leadoff double to left. Bard needed three pitches to induce Kelly Johnson to hit an inning-ending groundout to first.
Top of 7th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 5
Red Sox stranded two runners themselves in the top of the seventh against Jesse Litsch, Toronto’s second reliever of the game. Wheeler returned to the mound in the seventh, with Daniel Bard warming up in the pen.
Bottom of 6th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 5
The Blue Jays stranded two runners after both reached base against Franklin Morales. Dan Wheeler entered with one out and got the last two outs to bring Wakefield within nine outs of his milestone triumph.
Top of 6th: Red Sox 8: Blue Jays 5
Villaneuva kept the Sox off the board. After he gave up a one-out single to Jacoby Ellsbury, Villanueva got out of the inning when he struck out Dustin Pedroia. Catcher J.P. Arencibia then threw out Ellsbury as he attempted to steal second. Franklin Morales came out of the bullpen in relief of Wakefield, who allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 3 hits and 3 walks. He had 2 wild pitches and 2 hit batsmen and 3 strikeouts, throwing 92 pitches (48 strikes).
Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 5
Another 1-2-3 inning for Wakefield. Well, sort of. After inducing Eric Thames to fly to center, Wakefield hit Jose Bautista with a pitch. Edwin Encarnacion hit a pop foul to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to make it two outs. Then, with Kelly Johnson at the plate, Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw out Bautista as he attempted to steal second for out No. 3. End of inning.
Top of 5th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 5
David Ortiz hit a rocket of a solo homer to the second deck of bleachers in right field off Morrow. Ortiz’s 29th homer of the season tacked on another run for the Red Sox and, more important, for Wakefield in his quest for that elusive 200th career win. Kevin Youkilis’s single to right with one out was all Toronto manager John Farrell needed to see to summon Carlos Villanueva from the bullpen to relieve Morrow, who wound up departing after giving up 8 runs on 8 hits (including 2 homers) and one walk in 4.1 innings. He struck out five and threw 95 pitches (56 strikes).
Bottom of 4th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 5
Huge inning for Wake. The 45-year-old knuckleballer retired the Blue Jays in 1-2-3 fashion to hang on to the two-run lead his teammates gave him with four runs on three hits off Brandon Morrow in the top half.
Top of 4th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 5
Josh Reddick got one back for the Red Sox with a double to shallow center that scored Carl Crawford, who reached on a one-out double down the line in right. Jacoby Ellsbury gave Wakefield a reprieve when he wrested the lead from the Blue Jays, 7-5, with a three-run homer he clobbered to right off Morrow, giving Ellsbury 25 homers on the season and 88 RBIs.
Bottom of 3d: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 3
Wakefield gave up the go-ahead run on Jose Bautista’s ground-rule double down the line in left. It scored Eric Thames, who reached after getting hit by a pitch. The Blue Jays tacked on another run when Bautista stole third, then home on a double steal with Brett Lawrie, who drew a two-out walk and went to second on the double steal.
Top of 3d: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 3
Red Sox failed to muster a response, going down 1-2-3 against Morrow for the second consecutive frame as Dustin Pedroia popped to short, Adrian Gonzalez hit a pop foul to the catcher, and David Oritz hit a warning-track fly ball to right.
Bottom of 2d: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 3
J.P. Arencibia hit his 21st home run of the season off Wakefield, with no out and a runner on board, to tie the game, 3-3. Arencibia took Wakefield’s 1-0 pitch deep to left to drive in Brett Lawrie, who reached on a leadoff single to left.
Top of 2d: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1
Morrow retires the side 1-2-3.
Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1
Wakefield allowed three runners to reach, two on walks and the other on a fielder’s choice by Eric Thames that erased Yunel Escobar at second after he drew a leadoff walk. A walk to Jose Bautista and a wild pitch put runners in scoring position for Edwin Encarnacion, who hit a sacrifice fly to right that plated Thames from third. Wakefield got out of the inning by striking out Kelly Johnson.
Top of 1st: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0
It wasn’t quite the four-run advantage handed Jon Lester in the first inning of Tuesday night’s 14-0 romp over the Blue Jays. But a three-run lead was more than adequate for Tim Wakefield after the Red Sox tagged Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow for three runs on three hits. The biggest was a two-run single up the middle by Marco Scutaro with two out and the bases loaded. It gave the Sox a 3-0 lead after Kevin Youkilis got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Jacoby Ellsbury.
Greetings from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, where the Red Sox (85-56) will try to build upon Tuesday night’s 14-0 shellacking of the Blue Jays by attempting to help RHP Tim Wakefield get his 200th career win. It’ll be the seventh try for Wakefield (6-6, 4.95 ERA), who has gone 0-3 with three no-decisions in his last six starts. The Blue Jays (70-72) will send RHP Brandon Morrow (9-10, 4.78 ERA) to the mound.
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