TORONTO (AP) _ Mauro Gomez hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in
the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto 8-5 on Friday
night, snapping their six-game losing streak against the Blue Jays.
Boston had lost six of seven overall coming in, but bounced back
after falling behind 3-0 and later blowing a 5-3 lead.
Ryan Lavarnway hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs
for the Red Sox. Daniel Nava had a two-run single and made a
fantastic diving catch in left field in the eighth to preserve a
Chris Carpenter (1-0) got two outs for his first major league
win and Andrew Bailey closed it out for his third save in four
Darren Oliver (3-3) lost for the first time since May 23 at
Tampa Bay, giving up one run and two hits in one-plus inning.
Jacoby Ellsbury singled off Oliver to begin the ninth, bringing
Casey Janssen out of the bullpen. Mike Aviles flied out and Cody
Ross singled before Gomez tripled to the wall in right-center.
Lavarnway followed with a sacrifice fly.
The Blue Jays took the lead by scoring three times off Daisuke
Matsuzaka in the third, all without a hit. Moises Sierra was hit by
a pitch and Anthony Gose and Colby Rasmus walked to load the bases.
Sierra and Gose both scored on wild pitches before Rasmus came home
on Adam Lind’s groundout.
Boston tied it in the fourth on Lavarnway’s homer, his second,
and took a 5-3 lead on Nava’s two-run single off reliever Chad
Jenkins in the fifth.
Aviles, who scored on Nava’s hit, had escaped two batters
earlier by evading a tag attempt from third baseman Brett Lawrie.
Aviles was at second when Gomez grounded to third. Lawrie tried to
tag Aviles, but he spun around, then scampered to the bag ahead of
Lawrie as Gomez also reached safely. Lavarnway walked before Nava
lined his tiebreaking single.
Lind tripled to chase Matsuzaka in the sixth, and Yunel Escobar
followed with an RBI single off Clayton Mortensen, cutting it to
Junichi Tazawa worked a scoreless seventh but Vicente Padilla
couldn’t preserve the win for Matsuzaka, surrendering a leadoff
single to Rasmus in the eighth and giving up a game-tying double to
Lawrie. Nava followed with a diving catch on Lind’s liner to left,
keeping Lawrie at second base, before Carpenter came on to finish
Toronto’s Aaron Laffey gave up three runs and four hits in 3 2-3
innings, his shortest start of the season, and remains winless in
Jason Frasor pitched the sixth and seventh for Toronto, the
500th appearance of his Blue Jays career.
NOTES: Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion was held out of the
lineup with a sore left wrist. He was hit by a pitch from Seattle
ace Felix Hernandez in Thursday’s win over the Mariners. He is
expected to play Saturday. … Blue Jays pitching coach Bruce
Walton, who had to leave the bench after being struck by Edwin
Encarnacion’s broken bat in the first inning Thursday, was back in
the dugout Friday. Walton sustained bruises but avoided cuts and
broken bones after he was hit by the barrel of Encarnacion’s broken
maple bat. … Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia missed his second straight
game following the birth of his second son and is expected to
rejoin the team sometime this weekend, manager Bobby Valentine
said. … Boston RHP John Lackey (elbow surgery) felt good after a
25-pitch bullpen session and will likely throw another next week,
Valentine said. Lackey is aiming for a two-inning stint in an
instructional league game before season’s end.
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