Thursday, July 7, 2011

Red Sox Take Two of Three from Jays

Sports Illustrated

Red Sox 6 Blue Jays 4
Winning Pitcher: Tim Wakefield (5-3)
Losing Pitcher: Ricky Romero (7-8)
Save: Jonathan Papelbon (19)

Tim Wakefield had yet another solid performance, and the offense scored enough runs to win, as the Red Sox took two out of three from the Blue Jays. Wakefield had a bit of a struggle to start, giving up a lead off double to Yunel Escobar, and an RBI single two batters later to Jose Bautista. In the bottom of the inning, Boston wasted no time tying the game at one. The first batter, Jacoby Ellsbury, hit a blast to the right field bleachers, his career-high 10th home run. In the bottom of the second, Kevin Youkilis hit a leadoff homer of his own, giving the Sox an early 2-1 lead. Wakefield gave up more hits in the third, and had two men in scoring position with one out. Jose Baustista knocked in another run with a sac fly, followed by an RBI single from Adam Lind, giving the Blue Jays the 3-2 lead. In the fourth inning, the Sox offense broke out. With two outs, JD Drew got the offense started with a double, and was knocked in by a Darnell McDonald single. After Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a single, Yamaico Navarro and Ellsbury hit back-to-back doubles, scoring three runs, and the Red Sox left the inning with a 6-3 lead. Meanwhile, Wakefield settled down and ended up pitching 7 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and one walk, while striking out seven. Jonathan Papelbon gave up a run in the 9th, but held on to convert his 19th save of the year.

Home Runs
Boston: Jacoby Ellsbury (10), Kevin Youkilis (12)
Toronto: None

The Red Sox stay home to start their four game series against the Orioles Thursday night at 7:10 PM ET. Boston will send Andrew Miller (2-0 3.06) to the mound against Baltimore's Jake Arrieta (9-5 4.74).     

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