Game over: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4 Joel Hanrahan earned his second save with a scoreless ninth. He was throwing hard, getting several pitches to 99 mph.
Emilio Bonafacio committed three errors and struck out four times for Toronto. Bad day at the office. Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer in the fifth and Will Middlebrooks also homered in the ninth to extend Boston’s lead.
Great bullpen work by Koji Uehara in the sixth as he came on with J.P. Arencibia at second base and struck out two of the next three batters.
The bad news was the right arm contusion injury to Jose Iglesias when he was hit with a Josh Johnson pitch in the second inning and came out of the game, but not before he made a most spectacular defensive play at short ranging deep into the hole on a Melky Cabrera grounded in the second inning to force a runner at second.
The Red Sox left 15 runners on base. The Jays left nine.
Top 9th: Red Sox 6, Jays 4: Will Middlebrooks lined a solo homer over the left field fence off righty Jeremy Jeffress to give the Sox some breathing room. The Sox put three more baserunners on but Jackie Bradley was gunned down at the plate on the one ball Emilio Bonafacio was able to field cleanly. He’s made three errors including Pedro Ciriaco’s grounder in this inning.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 5, Jays 4:Andrew Bailey gets his turn to shine out of the Sox bullpen. He struck out Arencibia, but then allowed a leftcenter gap double to Rajai Davis. After a walk to Colby Rasmus on a 3-2 pitch, Bailey got two fly ball outs to center from Adam Lind and Maicer Izturis to wiggle out of the jam and preserve the one-run lead.
Top 8th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4: Brett Cecil struck out four batters in his 1-1/3 innings including Jacoby Ellsbury to open the inning. Farrell pinch-hit Jonny Gomes for switch-hitting Daniel Nava with righty Esmil Rogers on to pitch. Gomes walked. Pedroia then launched a long double to center field, but Gomes had to stop at third. With the base open, the Jays liked the Rogers-Napoli matchup. Napoli, fooled on a curveball and unable to catch up to a 95 mph fastball, managed to get wood on the ball and grounded to third where the Sox caught a break when Maicier Izturis stumbled while fielding the ball and was forced to throw to first when he could have had Gomes at the plate. The go-ahead run scored.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 4: Jose Reyes, great player, great bat speed, homers to right field with one out vs. Junichi Tazawa. Now 4-for-4. Melky Cabrera grooves a pitch almost in the dirt on 0-2 to the right center gap for a triple with two outs. encarnacion hit a hard liner, but Ellsbury vaught it for the final out.
Top 7th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays: Relief wars: Brett Cecil rebounds from a leadoff walk to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a double by Will Middlebrooks to deep center to strike out Victorino, Bradley and Ciriaco.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3: Koji Uehara just pitched a game-saving inning. After Doubront allowed a double to Arencibia, he came out to strike out Davis and Rasmus and got pinch-hittter Adam Lind to fly out to center. Davis was unable to lay down a bunt to move the runner.
Top 6th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3: Johnson not on his game tonight but he delivered a big strikeout on Mike Napoli to end the inning with two runners on.Ciriaco doubled and Pedroia drew a 3-0 intentional walk with two outs. Johnson has had to go long because Jays pen a bit tired.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3: An opposite field homer by Mark DeRosa and an RBI double by Jose Reyes pull Jays to within one run. Reyes was thrown out at third trying to stretch his double. Bad move, costing the Jays a big run as Bonafacio singled right afterward.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1: Mike Napoli sent a two-run homer to rightfield with Dustin Pedroia (single) aboard against Josh Johnson. Napoli’s first homer as a Red Sox. Victorino musters his second hit of the game but no more damage against Johnson.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1: Doubront strikes out two of the three batters in a dominating inning.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1: Two huge errors by second baseman Emilio Bonafacio, one on a wide throw to first on a Shane Victorino grounder, and another on a bobbled grounder hit by Jackie Bradley Jr., led to a run off Josh Johnson when Pedro Ciriaco, who pinch-hit for the injured Jose Iglesias (contusion right elbow) singled to left scoring the run.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1: Sox went in order. In the bottom of the inning, Reyes led off with a single. Doubront struck out Bonifacio. Cabrera than grounded a ball into the hole at short. Iglesias ranged over, backhanded it and made a strong throw while off balance to get the speedy Reyes. Incredible play. Doubront then struck out Encarnacion looking.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1: Another eventful frame. One-out singles by Victorino and Bradley preceded Iglesias getting hit on the right forearm. Farrell was savagely booed when he came out to check on his injured player. Iggy stayed in the game. Ellsbury singled to drive in a run but Nava bounced into a double play.
The Jays tied it when Davis singled, Rasmus doubled and DeRosa had a sacrifice fly. Victorino made a strong throw to the plate despite going toward the line and not being able to square his body. But it was over Salty’s head.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Lots going on in the first inning. Ellsbury walked and went to second when Nava singled sharply up the middle. Ellsbury went to third base when Pedroia lined to right. But Johnson struck out Napoli (2 for 15) swinging and Salty swinging.
Reyes led off the bottom of the inning when a booming double to the gap in left. Doubront struck out Bonafacio, but not before a wild pitch moved Reyes to third. When Cabrera grounded to third, Reyes danced off the bag. Middlebrooks tried to look him back but Reyes stayed off the base. Middlebrooks ran at him and Reyes got back to the base.
Encarnacion grounded to third. Middlebrooks bobbled the ball for a second then gunned a throw to second. Pedroia made a quick turn and the Sox had a double play by an eyelash.
Pre-game: Good evening from the Rogers Centre and the gathering of the We Hate John Farrell Club.
Farrell, who managed the Jays for two seasons before jumping ship for the Red Sox, was booed when introduced and there were a few signs in the crowd. A few leather-lunged fans yelled at him during batting practice, too.
Farrell took the lineup card out, was booed loudly then tipped his cap on the way back. Pretty funny.
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