Game over: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4: The Red Sox stole one here, With one out Brandon Snyder, playing third base, singled. After Jacoby Ellsbury walked, Shane Victorino who had made a spectacular catch in the top of the inning before Koji Uehara blew the save, hit a ball hard to first which could have been an inning-ending double-play grounder, but Josh Thole flubbed it, scoring the winning run.
The game was played in 3:10 before 37,425. The Red Sox took three out of four and quieted Toronto which had come into the series winning 12 out of 14.
Top 9th: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 4: Koji Uehara’s nice streak ran out. After Shane Victorino made an outstanding sliding catch toward the right field railing to rob Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista hit one against the Sports Authority sign to tie the game. It was his 19th and third homer in the last two days. It was a fastball which Uehara mislocated over he plate. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a single, but Uehara escaped further damage.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3: Dustin McGowan, a tremendous story in perseverance from injuries, pitched well again. Nava singled with two outs.
Top 8th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3: A single by Izturis, otherwise nothing doing for the Jays.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3 – Dustin McGowan pitches a solid 1-2-3 inning for the Jays.
Top 7th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3 – Jose Reyes led off the inning with a homer just into the Monster seats in left field off Breslow. Alex Wilson replaced Breslow. he allowed a single to center by Bautista. After Edwin Encarnacion popped out to second base, Andrew Miller replaced Wilson. He struck out Thole and Davis in two more awful at-bats by Jays hitters.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2 – Iglesias singled with two outs. But that was all.
Top 6th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2 – An absolutely pathetic inning by the Blue Jays. Bases loaded, nobody out. No runs. Dempster walked Thole, allowed singles to Davis and Rasmus. The Blue Jays popped out into two infield fly rules during the inning. That’s hard to do. He got Arencibia to pop out to shortstop. Craig Breslow came on and got the next two batters – one on a pop out to shortstop. Awful.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2 – Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single to center, and avoided a double-play when he took off on the pitch to Shane Victorinto, who grounded out to third base with Ellsbury advancing to second. After Dustin Pedroia struck out, Jonny Gomes doubled off the wall scoring Ellsbury.
Top 5th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2 – A Jose Bautista single was erased when Encarnacion hit into yet another 6-4-3 double-play.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2 – The bottom of the Red Sox order goes down.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2 – Dempster ran into a little trouble as Edwin Encarnacion and Rajai Davis sandwiched singles around an out by Josh Thole. Rasmus singled in Encarnacion. Davis stole third. Arencibia drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Izturis grounded to Nava, who had a little trouble getting the ball out of his glove. He managed to knock down the lead runner, but the slight problem getting the ball out enabled Izturis to avoid the double-play and score the second run. Kawasaki tolled out to second for the final out.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0 – Sox go down in order.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0 – with two outs, Dempster allowed a single to Munenori Kawasaki, playing his first game at second base, and walked Reyes. But he retired Bautista on a tapper back to the mound.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0 – Red Sox rally against Buehrle who can’t seem to locate. Napoli and Nava start the inning with singles and Ryan Lavarnway gets one run home with a ground-rule double to right on a ball down the line which kicked into the stands. After Iglesias struck out, Brandon Snyder hit a double high atop the centerfield wall to score two runs. Ellsbury was hit with a pitch, but Buehrle managed to retire the next two batters.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Dempster has retired the first six batters.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Fast-working Mark Buehrle got two quick outs, walked Dustin Pedroia but got today’s cleanup hitter, Jonny Gomes to tap back to him for the final out. Buehrle has pitched better and better this season. In his last seven starts he has a 2,72 ERA.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Ryan Dempster has a 1-2-3 inning. He starts the game striking out Jose Reyes with a split-fingered pitch.