Sox Lose, Beckett Sprains Ankle
TORONTO (AP) _ Brett Lawrie homered in the 11th inning to lift
the Toronto Blue Jays to a 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on
Lawrie homered to center off Dan Wheeler (2-2) with two outs in
the 11th, his eighth homer since being called up from Triple-A Las
Vegas on Aug. 4.
Shawn Camp (3-3) pitched one scoreless inning for the win as the
Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak.
Boston lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Red Sox starter Josh Beckett left in the fourth inning with a
sprained right ankle. Manager Terry Francona and trainer Mike
Reinold came to the mound after the right-hander threw a ball to
Lawrie. After a brief discussion, Beckett walked off the field
without assistance and was replaced by right-hander Alfredo Aceves.
An All-Star for the third time this season, Beckett came in
having won his past three starts. He allowed three hits in 3 2-3
scoreless innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
Blue Jays right-hander Henderson Alvarez pitched six scoreless
innings, extending his shutout streak to 14 innings. Alvarez
allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four.
Alvarez retired the first eight batters in order before Marco
Scutaro singled in the third. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled him to third
but Dustin Pedroia grounded out to end the threat.
The Red Sox put runners at first and second with two outs in the
fourth but Josh Reddick struck out looking.
Scutaro hit a one-out double in the fifth but was caught in a
rundown after Alvarez grabbed Ellsbury’s grounder to the mound.
Ellsbury tried to advance to second but was thrown out, completing
the 1-5-6 double play.
Carlos Villanueva replaced Alvarez and walked Kevin Youkilis to
begin the seventh. After Carl Crawford flied out, Reddick singled
to right and both runners advanced on Jason Varitek’s grounder.
Scutaro ended the inning by grounding out to shortstop.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-out double off Casey Janssen in the
eighth and David Ortiz was intentionally walked to bring up
Youkilis, who struck out looking.
Toronto put a runner at third base three times in the first four
innings. Edwin Encarnacion struck out to end the first, Jose Molina
grounded out and Dewayne Wise struck out in the second and, after
Aceves walked Lawrie in the fourth, Molina ended the inning by
flying out to right.
Aceves left after walking Mike McCoy and hitting Eric Thames
with one out in the eighth. Daniel Bard came on and got Jose
Bautista to fly out, then struck out Adam Lind.
Jonathan Papelbon struck out Lind on three pitches to leave the
bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th.
NOTES: Boston recalled C Ryan Lavarnway and RHP Kyle Weiland and
purchased the contract of INF Nate Spears, all from Triple-A
Pawtucket. … Red Sox LHP Erik Bedard (left knee) will be skipped
in his next scheduled start, Friday at Tampa Bay. … Francona said
RHP Bobby Jenks (back) is unlikely to pitch again this season. …
Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar (left wrist) missed his second straight
game. … Toronto reinstated RHP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) off the
60-day DL. McGowan last pitched in the majors July 8, 2008. …
Blue Jays manager John Farrell returned after missing 10 games with
pneumonia. … Wise made a superb diving catch on Crawford’s
sinking liner to center to begin the ninth.