Game over: Andrew Bailey retired the Jays in the 9th to earn a save as the Red Sox rallied for three runs in the 9th, the big hit a two-run triple by Mauro Gomez to seal the win. The Red Sox, 65-80, are trying to overtake Toronto for fourth place in this series. The game was played in 3:42 before 21,888 at Rogers Centre. Chris Carpenter got the win for the Red Sox. It was Bailey’s third save.
Top 9th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 5 Big hit by Mauro Gomez, a triple scoring two runs. Ryan Lavarnway’s sacrifice fly scored Gomez.Ellsbury had singled and with one out Ross singled before Gomez’ big hit.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 5 Vicente Padilla looks worn out. The veteran righty allowed a leadoff single to Colby Rasmus and then a double to Brett Lawrie which tied the score. Daniel Nava then made a spectacular catch in leftcenter to rob Adam Lind of extra bases and fired a nice throw into second base, but Mike Aviles couldn’t handle the throw or the Sox would have doubled Lawrie off the bag. Chris Carpenter replaced Padilla. Lawrie made a bonehead running play as he was thrown out at third on Escobar’s grounder to shortstop. Carpenter then wild pitched the runner to second base, intentionally walked Kelly Johnson before retiring the side when JP Arencibia flew out to center.
Top 8th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4 Jose Iglesias created some excitement when he stole second base when the throw hit him and went into centerfield. Iglesias got to third with two outs, but Pedro Ciriaco struck out to end the threat.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4 Impressive two-strikeout inning for Junichi Tazawa, who has a world of confidence these days and could very well emerge as Boston’s set-up man next season.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4 Three up and three down for the Sox.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4 Dice-K allowed a triple to Adam Lind in the sixth and was lifted for Clayton Mortensen. Mortensen surrendered an RBI single to left to escobar to pull the Jays to within one run. Mortensen struck out Kelly Johnson as Escobar stole second.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3 Jose Iglesias was hit with a pitch and advanced to second base on Pedro Ciriaco’s sacrifice bunt. But the Sox couldn’t get the insurance run in.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3 Dice-K pitches his second consecutive rocking chair inning.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3 A clutch two-out bases loaded single by Daniel Nava scored a pair of runs to give Boston the lead. Aviles singled, Gomez reached on a fielder’s choice and Lavarnway walked to set the stage for Nava. Aviles made a Wes Welker spin move to avoid Bret Lawrie’s tag at third on what was the key play of the inning.
Bottom 4th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 3 Stop the presses! Dice K pitches a 1-2-3 inning.
Top 4th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 3 Ryan Lavarnway hit a three-run home rto left to tie the game vs. Aaron Laffey. After Cody Ross walked and Mauro Gomez singled, Lavarnway hit a lined shot that made it over the wall.
Bottom 3rd: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0 Yup. this is the Dice-K we know and love. Walks and wild pitches galore. With the bases loaded, Dice-K uncorked two wild pitches that scored runs and Brett Lawrie’s ground ball to second scored the third run.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 The Sox made two quick out, but then Ciriaco and Ellsbury produced back-to-back hits and pulled off a double-steal to make it interesting, but Mike Aviles flew out to right to end the rally.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 Dice-K squirmed out of a jam after he allowed a leadoff bloop double to Adam Lind. Lind mad eit to third on Yunel Escobar’s ground ball out, but Dice-K bore down and retired the next two batters.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 Mauro Gomez walked with one out, but Ryan Lavarnway and Daniel Nava each tapped back to Laffey.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 Dice-K retired the Jays in order here. No. 3 hitter Brett Lawrie reached on an infield single to third base. Pedro Ciriaco threw the ball away but Aviles recovered the ball in foul territory and threw Lawrie out at second base.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 All you need to know about tonight’s lineup is that Mike Aviles is batting third and playing second base. Another challenge for Bobby Valentine. Aaron Laffey, who pitched 13 shutout innings against the Red Sox over two starts before allowing two runs in 4-2/3 innings back on September 8, retired the Sox in order in the first.