Game over: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2: Scott Atchison finished it off for the Sox, who now have an identical record (27-25) to the Blue Jays. Clay Buchholz was superb tonight going eight innings and allowing two runs on six hits. Daniel Nava had four hits, Adrian Gonzalez three. David Ortiz homered. The game was played in 3 hours before 29,678 at Rogers Centre.
Top 9th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2: Nick Punto comes alive! A sharp single to right, but he tries to stretch it to a double and Bautista throws him out at second. Wow, Daniel Nava with his fourth hit. he just wears down pitchers.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2: Buchholz allows a pair of hits to Bautista and Encarnacion but escapes.
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2: Will Middlebrooks appeared in the hit column with a single to right. He’s 1-for-4.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2: David Cooper took Buchholz deep for Toronto’s second run, but no biggie for Buchholz who is in command of this game.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 1: Big four-run inning for Red Sox who just ripped reliever Luis Perez, who was summoned to replace starter Henderson Alvarez. There were two outs after Ryan Sweeney’s ground rule double when the Sox really went to work. Podsednik reached on an infield single scoring Sweeney. Daniel Nava stroked his third hit, knocking in Podsednik. Adrian Gonzalez made his third hit an RBI single and David Ortiz singled in the fourth run but was thrown out trying to get back to first base after he ranged too far toward second base.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1: Well, Clay Buchholz looked like the old Clay Buchholz. He struck out the side — Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus. Buchholz has struck out six (Bautista three times) and has a good, live fastball tonight.
Top 6th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1: Daniel Nava just keeping on hitting. he stroked a single to right and moved to third on Adrian Gonzalez’s double. After David Ortiz walked to load the bases, Salty got a run in on a fielder’s choice, but the Sox couldn’t capitalize on a great chance to break the game wide open.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1: Buchholz was excellent again working his way out of a jam. A double by David Cooper and a walk to Rajai Davis didn’t seem to deter Buchholz, who struck out Kelly Johnson and got Escobar to ground into an inning-ending double-play.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1: Mike Aviles hit a sharp grounder off Alvarez’s right foot for an infield single. After trainers worked on Alvarez for a good five minutes, he remained in the game, threw a double-play grounder to Nick Punto and a ground out to Scott Podsednik.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1: Colby Rasmus singled with one out as Buchholz stays sharp by retiring the next two batters.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1: Alvarez retired Salty, Middlebrooks and Sweeney on three ground balls.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1: Yunel Escobar just blisters an 0-1 pitch by Buchholz to left, his third homer.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0: Nice two-out rally. Nava stroked a double to right and scored on Adrian Gonzalez’s single to left. Nava ran hard to beat the throw.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0: Buchholz walked leadoff man Colby Rasmus, but retired the next three batters. Two of them — J.P.Arencibia and David Cooper — hit the ball hard to center.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0: David Ortiz launched a high opposite field homer off Alvarez to lead off the second inning. It was Ortiz’s 13th homer. Ryan Sweeney also singled in the inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Clay Buchholz was victimized first by a catcher’s interference call on Jarrod Saltalamacchia with Kelly Johnson up, and then an error by shortstop Mike Aviles, who fielded Yunel Escobar’s grounder in the hole and dropped it. With runners at first and second and nobody out, Buchholz struck out Jose Bautista and got Edwin Encarnacion, who has 17 homers and 42 RBIs, to knock into a double-play.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Henderson Alvarez has great stuff for a young pitcher and the Red Sox found that out back on April 9 when he allowed one run in six innings and took the loss. Alvarez has lost his last three games, and has seen his ERA rise from 2.62 to 3.56. But he looked good in the first inning as the Sox went down in order. Adrian Gonzalez struck out swinging to end the inning.
Pre-game: Game is underway. We’ll be with you with updates shortly. Roof is closed on a rainy night in Toronto.