TORONTO – Here’s an inning-by-inning account of Red Sox vs. Blue Jays:
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2
Alfredo Aceves, who was throwing as hard as 95 mph, straightened things out. He retired the Jays to earn his first save.
Top 9th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2
Dustin Pedroia will not quit. The fiery Sox second baseman stroked a hustle double to left field to start the rally off Jays closer Sergio Santos. After an Arencibia passed ball advanced him to third, Adrian Gonzalez’ sac fly to left got Pedroia in with the tying run. The Sox began to re-rally. Santos walked Ortiz and Ross bringing up Ryan Sweeney. Sweeney singled to right field. Bautista made a pinpoint throw to the plate which would have nalled pinch-runner Darnell McDonald, but J.P. Arencibia couldn’t handle the hop and McDonald scored the go-ahead run. Santos then threw a wild pitch scoring Ross. Blue Jays fans were wondering how long John Farrell would go with Santos, who clearly didn’t have it. After he walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia, that was all folks..
Bottom 8th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1
Atchison did his part – three shutout innings, one infield hit.
Top 8th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1
Jays have played excellent defense in this game. Adam Lind robbed Jacoby ellsbury of extra bases with a nice catch of his linedrive down the line. Salty (strike out) and Aviles (grounder to first) went down meekly.
Bottom 7th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1
Atchison allows an infield hit, but that’s it.
Top 7th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1
David Ortiz singled, but was thrown out trying to steal by Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, who made a great throw from his knees. Darren Oliver struck out Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney to get out of the inning.
Bottom 6th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1
Scott Atchison came on to pitch. Doubront went 5 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 BB and a career-high 6 K’s. Atchison was a strike-throwing machine, striking out Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie and then broke pinch-hitter Eric Thames’ bat for the third out on a grounder to first base.
Top 6th: Jays 2, Red Sox 1
Dustin Pedroia gots the Sox on board with a solo homer to leftcenter vs. Alvarez. Poor Kevin Youkilis hit his second straight ball hard, this one a drive to rightcenter, but it was tracked down by Jose Bautista. He’s now 0-11.
Bottom 5th: Jays 2, Red Sox 0
It’s never easy to have to face Jose Bautista with runners on base and three times already in this game Doubront has done it successfully. Doubront allowed a one-out single up the middle to Kelly Johnson, but got out of it. He’s pitched well through five, but he’s thrown 101 pitches and could be done after striking out Encarnacion on a called third strike.
Top 5th: Jays 2, Red Sox 0
Major, major missed opportunity. With one out, Cody Ross singled to center and moved to third on Ryan Sweeney’s groundrule double to left. Neither Jarrod Saltalamacchia (hard grounder to first base) or Mike Aviles (soft grounder to third) could get the job done.
Bottom 4th: Jays 2, Red Sox 0
Two strikeouts and a walk for Doubront that inning. He seemed to make some adjustments and pitched with more conviction.
Top 4th: Jays 2, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox got a baserunner on an Adrian Gonzalez walk with two outs. But Alvarez continued to bedazzle Sox hitters. Kevin Youkilis made it an even 0-for-10 on the season when he grounded out to third base on a 3-2 pitch.
Bottom 3rd: Jays 2, Red Sox 0
Colby Rasmus tripled and scored on a tapper back to Doubront, who fielded the ball and threw home. The speedy Rasmus beat Saltalamacchia’s tag. With two on and two out, DH Edwin Encarnacion singled to left scoring the second Jays run. Before the game, 3rd base coach Brian Butterfield wore Encarnacion out hitting over 100 grounders to him at third base.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Jays 0
Great running, diving catch by Colby Rasmus robbed Jarrod Saltalamacchia of a base hit in rightcenter. The Sox went down in order against Henderson Alvarez.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Jays 0
Why do fans get so upset when the opposing pitcher throws to first base? He’s not supposed to? Doubront drew some jeers when he dared throw over to keep Brett Lawrie close after a two-out single. And when he did it a third time, OMG! Doubront went 3-2 to Rajai Davis before retiring him on a fly ball to center.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Jays 0
David Ortiz beat the shift with a single to left. He’s now hit safely in four straight games. But Cody Ross knocked into a double-pay with Yunel Escobar making a terrific play in the hole, making a strong throw to second baseman Kelly Johnson, who turned it and got Ross by a half-step.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Jays 0
Felix Doubront had to be feeling butterflies as he took the mound before this huge crowd, He walked Kelly Johnson after retiring lead off hitter Yunel Escobar with a liner to center. He then got Jose Bautista to ground out into a 4-6-3 doube-play.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Jays 0
Crowd is really into it in the early going. The electric Henderson Alvarez, throwing 95 mph, retired the Sox in order. He struck out Adrian Gonzalez swinging with a 96 mph fastball low and inside.