Game over: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4: The Red Sox scored all seven runs in the second inning against Chien-Ming Wang, but held on to beat the Blue Jays in the first of a four-game series against the Jays. Koji Uehara earned his second consecutive save with two strikeouts. Jon Lester improved to 8-4, but left the game in the eighth with an injury. The game was played in 2:34 before 34,750 at Fenway.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4 – Salty doubled with two outs, but Steve Delabar struck out Stephen Drew.
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4 – Jon Lester came out of the game with an injury after allowing a pair of hits to Davis and Izturis and going 3-0 to Bonifacio. Junichi Tazawa has come on. We’ll keep you posted.
Tazawa inherited a 3-0 to Banifacio and walked him. Bases loaded, nobody out, the Jays didn’t capitalize as well as they could have. Reyes’ sacrifice fly to center scored a run as did Jose Bautista’s grounder to short. Encarnacion drove a liner to left on which Nava made a nice leaping catch to save a double and another run.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2 – Since their seven-run outburst in the second inning, the Red Sox have been shut down by the superb Blue Jays bullpen. Victorino doubled and Pedroia walked with two outs, but Ortiz struck out.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2 – Lester dealing. Retired the side.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 0 – Thirteen straight Sox go down. Nice job by lefty Juan Perez.
Top 6th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2 – The top of the Jays order – Reyes, Bautista and Encarnacion go down in order in a good rebound inning by Lester.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2 – Ten straight Red Sox have gone down.
Top 5th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2 – Lester gave up his first hit of the night to Melky Cabrera with one out. Rajai Davis singled with two outs and Maicer Izturis doubled in pair of runs. Lester has a big lead but his two-out woes continue.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 0 – Two consecutive 1-2-3 innings for the Sox offense.
Top 4th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 0 – Bautista walks with one out but Edwin Encarnacion knocks into a double-play, his second of the game.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 0 – Sox go down in order. Salty sends one deep to center which Rajai Davis awkwardly catches.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 0 – Jon Lester has retired the last eight batters. Looking more like his old self.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 0 – What a turn of events here. Wang fell apart. He walked Ortiz and Carp. Nava singled off the wall scoring the first run. With runners on first and third, Saltalamacchia singled up the middle scoring Carp. Stephen Drew sent a fly ball to right field which Jose Bautista butchered but it was ruled a double. Two runs scored.
Jose Iglesias reached on an infield hit to short which scored another run. Ellbsury singled to center driving in the fifth run. Following a double-play grounder by Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia homered just over the lip of the Monster. That was the end of Wang. He pitched 1-2/3 innings, allowed sx hits, seven runs and two walks.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Lester has a strong inning, retiring DeRosa, Cabrera and Arencibia (strikeout).
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Chien Ming Wang threw three ground ball outs. The former Yankee sinkerballer, throws his fastball at 88 mph, but he’s incorporated a splitter to reinvent himself.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Jon Lester walked leadoff hitter Jose Reyes, but Jose Bautista flew out to short left field and Edwin Encarnacion knocked into a double-play to end the first inning.