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Red Sox Have the Last “Laffey”

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BOSTON (AP) _ Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a tying solo homer with
two out in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox rallied to
beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Saltalamacchia’s line drive to left off reliever Jason Frasor
just cleared the Green Monster for his 14th homer, tying it at 1.
The Red Sox then loaded the bases on a double, a hit batter and a
walk before Dustin Pedroia drove in two with a single up the
middle.

The rally spoiled a strong performance by Aaron Laffey in his
first start in nearly two years. Laffey stepped in for Toronto’s
depleted rotation and pitched six crisp innings, allowing three
hits, walking two and striking out two. Laffey retired 12 straight
batters after Mike Aviles’ leadoff single in the first.

Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI double in the eighth after David
Ortiz reached on his second double of the game. Will Middlebrooks
put the Red Sox up 5-1 with a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
Andrew Miller (2-0) recorded an out in the seventh to pick up
the win. Vicente Padilla pitched a perfect eighth, striking out two
and setting up Alfredo Aceves for a 1-2-3 ninth.

After Saltalamacchia went deep, pinch-hitter Ryan Kalish doubled
to right against Luis Perez (2-2). David Pauley came out of the
bullpen and hit Daniel Nava with a pitch. Pauley then walked Mike
Aviles to load the bases and Pedroia’s hit made it 3-1.

Boston starter Daisuke Matsuzaka went 5 2-3 innings, allowing
five hits. He struck out five and walked one.
Brett Lawrie led off the game with a double to center and scored
on a two-out single by Edwin Encarnacion, putting Toronto ahead
1-0.

Pedroia walked with one out in the sixth and tried to scamper
home on Ortiz’s double off the Green Monster, but Rajai Davis
recovered after misplaying the hop and threw a straight shot to
catcher Jeff Mathis in time for the tag.

NOTES: The series is tied 1-1 and concludes with an afternoon
game Wednesday. Boston’s Jon Lester (4-5) is scheduled to face
Ricky Romero (8-1). … The Red Sox announced RHP Clay Buchholz
experienced erosion of his esophagus, and the condition caused
internal bleeding. The team says he is doing well and is expected
to make a complete recovery. … Laffey’s previous start was July
19, 2010. … Davis led off the second with a single, but Matsuzaka
picked him off first.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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