Game over: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1 -The Red Sox were held to six hits by Mark Buehrle and relievers and dropped two out of three to the Blue Jays to end their 10-game road trip to Houston, Kansas City and Toronto, 4-6. Jake Peavy pitched well but took the loss. Casey Janssen retired the Red Sox in the ninth ending the game by getting David Ortiz to fly out to center on a 3-2 pitch. The game was played in 2:43 before 44,477 at Rogers Centre.
Bottom 8th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1 -Rajai Davis reached on an infield single against Junichi Tazawa. John Farrell brought in flame-thrower Rubby De La Rosa with sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion due up. Interesting strategy: power vs. power. Bautista grounded out to shortstop to end the inning after Davis stole second and went to third on Lavarnway’s throwing error.
Top 8th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1 – Daniel Nava doubled to center for his third hit with two outs against lefty Darren Oliver. Oliver walked Will Middlebrooks, but then got Jacoby Ellsbury to chase a pitch in the dirt for strike three.
Bottom 7th: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1 – The Jays scored two vs. Peavy to take the lead. It started with an error on a grounder to third baseman Will Middebrooks by Jose Bautista (this was changed to a hit later by the official scorer). After Encarnacion singled, Brett Lawrie tied it up with a single to center. Adam Lind’s sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run, but Craig Brwslow, who relieved Peavy got the final two outs.
Top 7th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0 – Excellent pitcher’s duel between these two ex-Chicago White Sox teammates.Both were coached by Juan Nieves in Chicago who respects both of them for the great pace each work at. Buehrle is the second fastest pitcher in the Major Leagues between pitches at 18.2 seconds, slightly below teammate R.A. Dickey who who is at 17.7 seconds. Buehrle quickly retired the Red Sox in the top of the inning.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0 – Peavy machine-like in retiring the side.
Top 6th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0 – The Red Sox had Buehrle on the ropes again, but couldn’t produce the knockout punch. Stephen Drew and Ryan Lavarnway singled with nobody out. But the veteran lefty dug in, striking out two and retiring Ellsbury on a ground out to third base.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0 – Peavy surrenders a single to Arencibia with two outs, but strikes out Pillar to end the frame.
Top 5th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0 – A 1-2-3 frame for Buehrle.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0 – Peavy is mixing his pitches and locations really well. He struck out Davis, got Bautista to bounce back to the mound and retired the dangerous Encarnacion on a pop to second base.
Top 4th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0 – Daniel Nava doubled to left field and will Middlebrooks advanced him to third on a single to center. Nava scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s fielder’s choice grounder to second base.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Peavy is pretty sharp tonight. He struck out rookie Kevin Pillar, got Kawasaki to line out to right and retired Jose Reyes with a fly ball to center.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Pedroia led off the inning with a single and advanced all the way to third on David Ortiz’ ground out into the shift to the right side. Because the Jays were shifted there was nobody manning third base and Pedroia was able to take two bases on the ground out. Jonny Gomes fouled out to third and Stephen Drew struck out. One thing to watch, Ortiz fouled a ball off his foot. The trainer had to come out. let’s see if this thing gets worse.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – An Adam Lind, two-out double off Peavy went for naught when Peavy Struck out Arencibia.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Red Sox had the bases loaded on singles by Ryan Lavarnway, Daniel Nava (off the pitcher) and a walk by Jacoby Ellsbury. But with two outs Shane Victorino lined out right to end the threat.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – Jake Peavy had a 1-2-3 inning against the top of the Blue Jays order.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0 – With quick-working lefty Mark Buehrle on the mound, Jacoby Ellsbury (fly to deep center), and Victorino (strike out). Dustin Pedoia reached on an infield single to second base and Ortiz walked. Jonny Gomes then singled to left where Kevin Pillar threw Pedroia out at the plate.