Game over: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2: Red Sox lose it as they rally back to tie it 2-2 and than watch Junichi Tazawa allow the go-ahead homer to Adam Lind in the ninth. The game was played in 2:42 minutes following a 51 minute rain delay before 36,543. Clay Buchholz went eight innings and allowed two runs.
Top 9th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2 – Junichi Tazawa served up a solo homer to Adam Lind on a 2-2 pitch that Lind drove onto the black tarp in center field. lawrie singled but was thrown out by Ross as Rasmus struck out.
Bottom 8th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1 – Buehrle came out after walking David Ross. Darren Oliver in. Probably not a great decision. Ellsbury knocked him in with a triple to center. Ellsbury then rode home when a rope hit by Dustin Pedroia ate up shortstop Munenori Kawasaki and went passed him into left field. It was ruled an error, but a tough one.
Top 8th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 – Buchholz allowed a Bautista single to center with one out finished the inning by securing the next two outs including a strikeout of Arencibia to leave a runner stranded at second. Buchholz finished the eighth with 101 pitches.
Bottom 7th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 – Buehrle has retired 13 straight.
Top 7th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 – This has become a very fast game.Buchholz, who has really settled in, got a another 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom 6th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 – Another 1-2-3 inning for Buehrle, who is also economizing with his pitches. His best outing was April 15 vs the White Sox when he allowed two runs and nine hits over 6-1/3. On April 20 vs. New York, he went seven innings and allowed two earned runs. But that’s two of out seven starts before today.
Top 6th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 – The Blue Jays go down 1-2-3 in the sixth. Buchholz certainly pitching well enough to win, but Buerhle is better so far.
Bottom 5th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 – Red Sox go down in order.
Top 5th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 – Buchholz walked Bautista with two outs, but got Encarnacion to ground out to third. Really overcast here. Wouldn’t be shocked to see some rain soon.
Bottom 4th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 – Buehrle, who entered the game with a 7.02 ERA, has looked more like the Buehrle of old in this game. Very confident, working fast, the Sox have not been able to get good swings against him. Gomes, Middlebrooks (strikeout) and Drew all went down.
Top 4th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 – Adam Lind started the rally with a single to left field and scored on Colby Rasmus’ single to right after Lind advanced on a ground ball out by Lawrie.
Bottom 3rd: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0 – Never a good idea to test Melky Cabrera’s arm and that’s what Dustin Pedroia did trying to stretch a single into a double. Out.
Top 3rd: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0 – Colby Rasmus scores on Melky Cabrera’s single. Jays work on Buchholz pitch count as they draw three walks in the inning. Buchholz gets Arencibia to pop out to Pedroia in short right to leave the bases loaded.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – A ground-rule double by Will Middlebrooks with one out goes by the board as the Sox can’t score him.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Adam Lind singled but was erased on a 4-6-3 double-play.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 Shane Victorino reached on a bunt single to third. Dustin Pedroia singled between the 5-6 hole, but the Sox rally fizzled as Mark Buehrle got David Ortiz and Mike Napoli to fly out. Ortiz is now in an 0-for-17 funk. Napoli is now 4-for-20 on the homestand.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – with Jack Morris watching from the broadcast booth, Clay Buchholz struck out Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista to start the game and got Edwin Encarnacio to fly out to right field.
What a wonderful tribute to Heather Abbott of Newport, R.I. who threw out the first pitch. She lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombings.
The tarp is off the field. The game was supposed to start at 1:35 p.m. It looks like we’ll restart at 2:25 p.m.