Game over: Jays 7, Red Sox 3: It’s over here in Toronto. The Red Sox lose again to drop to 1-4. A very anemic offense tonight until the ninth when the Sox scored twice. The Sox did their damage after two outs. Punto singled, Ellsbury walked, and Pedroia singled to load the bases against Casey Janssen. Gonzalez stroked a ground-rule double just inside the line in right field to knock in a pair of runs. But Ortiz struck out with two runners on to end it.
Bottom 8th: Jays 7, Red Sox 1: Bowden struck out two batters and allowed an infield hit in his second inning of relief.
Top 8th: Jays 7, Red Sox 1: Two more hits (Pedroia and Youkilis), no more runs.
Bottom 7th: Jays 7, Red Sox 1: Encarnacion homered against Michael Bowden with two outs.
Top 7th: Jays 6, Red Sox 1: The Sox had two baserunners but could do nothing to get them in.
Bottom 6th: Jays 6, Red Sox 1: One thing that was evident as Bard started getting his pitch count into the 90s, his velocity had decreased by 2-3 miles per hour. Encarnacion walked and stole second base to start the inning and Lawrie reached on an infield hit to put runners at the corners. Valentine yanked him and Bard didn’t seem happy. Lefty Justin Thomas came on. After a stolen base, Thomas walked lefthanded hitting Eric Thames to load the bases. Arencibia singled to score a pair of runs and Rasmus hit a sac fly.
Top 6th: Jays 3, Red Sox 1: The Sox broke through with a run when Ellsbury walked and went to third on Pedroia’s double to leftcenter. Ellsbury scored on Adrian Gonzalez’ sac fly. On the play, Pedroia hustled to third with one out, just barely beating the throws (which would have nailed him had Lawrie held on to the ball). Drabek exited after he walked Ortiz, and righty Jason Frasor came on to pitch. The Sox could have and should have had more, but Youkilis grounded into a double play to end the rally.
Bottom 5th: Jays 3, Red Sox 0: Bard continues to own Bautista (0 for 9, 4 strikeouts) in the regular season and dominating him in two starts vs. the Jays in spring training. Bard retired the Jays in order and has retired the last seven batters.
Top 5th: Jays 3, Red Sox 0: Sox squander a Cody Ross one-out double to left center.
Bottom 4th: Jays 3, Red Sox 0: Strong inning for Bard who retired the No. 8 and 9 hitters and struck out Escobar.
Top 4th: Jays 3, Red Sox 0<:> Drabek has retired eight straight after the middle of the Sox order – Gonzalez, Ortiz, and Youkilis – went down.
Bottom 3rd: Jays 3, Red Sox 0: Bard put the first two batters – Yunel Escobar and Kelly Johnson (singles) – on base before striking out Jose Bautista after being down, 3-0, on the count. Adam Lind rocketed a single up the middle scoring Escobar. Mr. Fix-It, pitching coach Bob McClure, came out to have a chat with Bard. That was a cue for a streaker to pop onto the field. He was down to his underwear and eluded security and even Ellsbury, who made a brief attempt to slow him down. He was finally caught near Kevin Youkilis at third base. After two outs, Brett Lawrie singled to right scoring the third run. Sweeney made a good throw from right and Salty blocked the plate, but Johnson broke through the block and caught the plate.
Top 3rd: Jays 1, Red Sox 0: Jacoby Ellsbury (0-2) is now 2 for 19 as the Sox go down in order vs. Drabek.
Bottom 2nd: Jays 1, Red Sox 0<:> Nice inning for Bard, retiring the bottom of the Jays batting order 1-2-3. Bard struck out catcher J.P. Arencibia, his second K of the game, on a changeup.
Top 2nd: Jays 1, Red Sox 0: There’s probably less than half of last night’s 48,000-plus at Rogers Centre, as the Red Sox attempted to get on the scoreboard to no avail. With one out, Kevin Youkilis made his first hit a long double to right field against Drabek. After Ryan Sweeney walked, Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out to end the threat.
Bottom 1st: Jays 1, Red Sox 0: Not a great start for Daniel Bard, who was touched up for a run and left runners stranded at second and third. But it could have been worse. Yunel Escobar singled to lead off the inning. Bard secured the next two outs before Adam Lind doubled down the left field line, scoring Escobar. After Edwin Encarnacion reached on an infield single to shortstop (Nick Punto), Encarnacion stole second. Brett Lawrie then struck out to end the inning. Bard was throwing his fastball at 96 miles per hour.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Jays 0: The Red Sox went down in order against Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek. Dustin Pedroia took a called third strike for the second out.