Final: Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 4: That’s it from Fenway Park, where the Sox lost their second in a row vs. the Jays and for the fifth time in this seven-game homestand. Boston was clobbered by Toronto’s 12-hit attack, which included five homers, two by Jose Bautista, who went 2-for-4 with a walk and 3 runs scored and 3 RBI.
Top 9th: Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 4: The Blue Jays tacked on a pair of insurance runs on the Sox, scoring two runs on two hits against Jose De La Torre
Bottom 8th: Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 4: Pedro Ciriaco, who came into the game in the seventh as a defensive replacement for Mike Carp at first base, stroked his first homer of the season, a lead-off solo shot off Esmil Rogers, who started the inning in relief of Aaron Loup (2 IP, 3 K).
Rogers loaded the bases with one out when Mike Napoli singled, Daniel Nava drew a walk, and Johnny Gomes reached after getting hit by a pitch on his (heavily padded) left elbow. Brett Cecil relieved Rogers and got Jarrod Saltalamacchia to hit a (broken-bat) grounder to short. Gomes was forced out at second but broke up the double play with a hard slide into the bag. It second, enabling Saltalamacchia to reach base and Napoli to score from third.
With men on the corners, Will Middlebrooks came up and hit a groundball to Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie, who relayed it to second for the force out on Saltalamacchia.
Jose De La Torre, who was called up last Thursday when the team transferred closer Joel Hanrahan to the 60-day DL, was summoned in the ninth to make his first Major League appearance.
Top 8th: Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 2: Craig Breslow came into the game to relieve Clayton Mortensen (1.2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and retired all three batters he faced, striking out Munenori Kawasaki (looking) on an 89-m.p.h. fastball.
Bottom 7th: Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 2: Aaron Loup retires the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion, as well. No hits. No runs. No walks. No drama. Just what the Sox didn’t need against Loup in the bottom of the frame.
Top 7th: Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 2: Nice 1-2-3 inning. No hits. No runs. No walks. No drama. Just what the Red Sox needed from Mortensen.
Bottom 6th: Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 2: The Sox knocked Toronto starter Chad Jenkins (5+ IP, 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 2 K, 1 HR ) out of the game when Dustin Pedroia singled to left and Mike Napoli doubled to right, advancing Pedroia to third. Aaron Loup came into the game in relief of Jenkins to face Daniel Nava, who hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Pedroia.
But Loup got out of the inning when he struck out pinch-hitter Johnny Gomes and induced Jarrod Saltalamacchia to pop up to shallow right.
Top 6th: Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 1: The Blue Jays bust out the whuppin’ stick on the Red Sox, erupting for four runs on three hits, including a pair of homers by Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista (his second of the game). Lawrie greeted reliever Andrew Miller with a lead-off solo homer, ripping a 2-and-0 offering high over the Monster seats for his fourth homer of the season. After getting Colby Rasmus to fly to center, Miller wasn’t long for the game when he handed the baton to Clayton Mortensen after giving up a single to Bonifacio (who was a triple short of the cycle) and walking Munenori Kawasaki.
After Melky Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to make it 8-1, Bautista came up to face Mortensen and unloaded on a 0-and-1 pitch, sending it sailing over the Monster for a two-run homer and a 10-1 lead. It was his 18th multi-homer game of his career and first since hitting a pair of dingers last June 19th at Milwaukee.
Hope the Leafs don’t treat the Bruins this rough in Toronto tonight.
Bottom 5th: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1: Stephen Drew reached on a one-out walk, then stole second (marking his first stolen base of the season), and wound up stranded there after Jenkins struck out Jacoby Ellsbury (swinging) and got Shane Victorino to pop up to shallow left.
Andrew Miller was summoned from the bullpen to relieve Dempster in the sixth.
Top 5th: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1: Dempster continued to scuffle, giving up a solo homer to Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion’s 11th homer of the season gave the Blue Jays a five-run lead. Dempster responded by striking out J.P. Arencibia (swinging) and Adam Lind (looking) to end the inning. Through five innings, Dempster had allowed six runs on seven hits, including three homers, and one walk while ringing up six strikeouts. He’s thrown 100 pitches (66 strikes), a total that was inflated by the 48 pitches he threw after the first two innings.
Bottom 4th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 1: Mike Napoli got one back for the Sox when he launched a lead-off solo homer to center off Chad Jenkins. It was Napoli’s eighth homer of the season.
Top 4th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0: Emilio Bonifacio hit a 2-run homer off Dempster into the visitor’s bullpen, causing Sox right fielder Shane Victorino to make a frightening collision with the wall as he sprinted toward the warning track in an attempt to snag the ball. Victorino hit the wall with an awful-sounding thud that reverberated through the park and immediately crumpled to the ground, favoring his left side. Members of the Blue Jays bullpen immediately ran to the fence to offer assistance, as did the Sox medical staff. Amazingly, Victorino stayed in to finish the inning when Munenori Kawasaki popped up to second.
Bottom 3d: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0: Dustin Pedroia grounded into a 6-4-3 double play with two men aboard and two out in the bottom of the third. It extinguished a threat after Jacoby Ellsbury reached on a lead-off single to right and Shane Victorino hit a nubber that did a tight-rope walk on the third-base line and, amazingly, stayed fair.
Top 3d: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0: Jose Bautista launched a lead-off solo homer over the Green Monster seats off Dempster’s first-pitch, 90-mile-per-hour fastball. Bautista’s eighth homer of the season expanded Toronto’s lead to 3-0. Dempster retired the next three batters he faced on a pair of groundball outs to second before getting Adam Lind to fly to center to end the inning. Through three innings, Dempster has labored, throwing 64 pitches (43 strikes) while giving up three runs on five hits.
Bottom 2d: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0: Jarrod Saltalamacchia ripped a ground-rule double to right off Chad Jenkins to give the Sox some life with two out in the second. Middlebrooks came up, however, and grounded to short to extinguish the potential rally.
Top 2d: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0: Munenori Kawasaki stepped to the plate with two out, two men aboard at first and second and having faced Ryan Dempster only once before in his career. Kawasaki made his first career hit off Dempster count as the Blue Jays shortstop hit a 2-RBI single to right that scored Adam Lind (leadoff single to right) and Emilio Bonifacio (double to right).
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: Dustin Pedroia ripped a two-out double to left off Toronto starter Chad Jenkins, but wound up getting stranded there when Mike Napoli came up and grounded to short.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0: The Blue Jays stranded Edwin Encarnacion at third after Toronto’s DH reached on a base hit to third and went to second on Will Middlebrooks’s throwing error to first and then to third on a passed ball. Ryan Dempster got out of the inning when he induced J.P. Arrencibia to ground to second.
Pregame: Greetings from Fenway Park where the Red Sox will host the Blue Jays in the finale of this three-game series and seven-game homestand. RHP Ryan Dempster (2-3, 2.93) will oppose RHP Chad Jenkins.
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