Final: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2: Pedro Ciriaco helped the Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays for the second time in as many games with an RBI double that scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia with the winning run in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays before a Rogers Centre crowd of 37,325.
Craig Breslow (1-0) picked up the victory in relief of starter Clay Buchholz, who went 7.0 innings and allowed two runs (one unearned) on four hits and five walks while striking out five batters.
Top of 9th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2: Pedro Ciriaco ripped an RBI double down the line to left to score Jarrod Saltalamacchia with the go-ahead run off reliever Steve Delabar. Saltalamacchia reached on his leadoff double to right off Delabar then advanced to third on Mike Aviles’ sacrifice fly to center.
Andrew Bailey was summoned to relieve Craig Breslow and close it for the Sox.
Top of 8th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 2: The Sox threatened to score the go-ahead runs when Pedro Ciriaco drew a leadoff walk that spelled the end of Carlos Villanueva’s day.
Aaron Loup entered the game and walked Jacoby Ellsbury and was gone after Daniel Nava laid down a 3-4 sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners to third and second, respectively, prompting John Farrell to summon Steve Delabar from the bullpen to face Dustin Pedroia, who walked to load the bases for Cody Ross.
The Red Sox let Delabar off the hook when he came back from an 3-and-0 count to strike out Ross and got James Loney to pop up to second to end the inning with three runners aboard.
Craig Breslow was summoned to pitch for the Red Sox in the bottom of the eighth in relief of Clay Buchholz (7.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, 5 K).
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 2: Toronto tied it when Buchholz intentionally walked Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases for Adam Lind, who hit an RBI sacrifice fly to center that scored Anthony Gose (base hit) with the tying run.
Buchholz got out of the inning after he induced Yunel Escobar to ground out to second.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1: The Sox rallied for the go-ahead run with two out when Cody Ross drew a two-out walk. Villanueva gave up back-to-back singles to center by James Loney and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the latter of which drove in Ross with the go-ahead run, making it 2-1.
Bottom 2d: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 1: Daniel Nava, who made a game-saving diving catch in left in the eighth inning of Friday night’s 8-6 win, threw around the leather in left again Saturday when he made a leaping grab on the warning track before crashing into the wall. Nava held onto the ball for the third out as Buchholz left men stranded on the corners.
Top 2d: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 1: Cody Ross tied it up when he belted a solo leadoff homer to left off of Carlos Villaneuva. It was Ross’ 21st homer of the season, the most he’s had since 2009 when he had 24 with the Marlins.
Bottom 1st: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0: With runners in scoring position, Yunel Escobar hit an RBI single to right, scoring Edwin Encarnacion, who drew a walk from Clay Buchholz and went to third on Adam Lind’s scorched double to right. Lind, however, wound up getting thrown out at the plate by right fielder Cody Ross to end the inning.