American League Game Summary - Boston at Toronto|
(Friday, April 5th)
Final Score: Boston 6, Toronto 4
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli hit a two-run shot and drove in
three, as the Boston Red Sox ensured a positive result in manager John
Farrell's return to Toronto, with a 6-4 decision over the Blue Jays in the
opener of a three-game series at Rogers Centre.
The 50-year-old Farrell led the Blue Jays to a 73-89 mark in 2012 and 154-170
record in two seasons at the helm, but bolted for the vacant BoSox post in
Will Middlebrooks added an insurance homer, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedro
Ciriaco each knocked in a run for the Red Sox, who had won two of three in the
Bronx to begin 2013.
Junichi Tazawa (1-0) allowed a run in the seventh but picked up the win.
Jose Reyes finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a solo homer
and two RBI for the Blue Jays, losers in three of four to start the year. Mark
DeRosa also went deep and knocked in the other two runs.
"I know I had a good game, but we lost," said Reyes. "We're here to win."
Esmil Rogers (0-1) was charged with the deciding run while recording just two
outs in the eighth.
Rogers came on with one down in the deciding frame and walked pinch-hitter
Jonny Gomes, then served up a double to Dustin Pedroia. Napoli then grounded
to third, but Gomes scored the go-ahead run.
Andrew Bailey stranded runners on the corners in the home eighth, then
Middlebrooks began the ninth with a shot to left off Jeremy Jeffress for a 6-4
"It was just a well played game all the way around," said Farrell. "We had a
number of opportunities, as did they. Hard fought ball game."
Joel Hanrahan walked Melky Cabrera with two down, but ended the game by
inducing a groundout from Edwin Encarnacion to record his second save.
Ellsbury's second-inning single put the Sox on the board. Shane Victorino came
home on the hit, after reaching on a one-out single, advancing on Jackie
Bradley's hit and going to third after Jose Iglesias was plunked.
Rajai Davis singled in the home half, Colby Rasmus doubled and a DeRosa
sacrifice fly evened the score.
Boston took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. A pair of throwing errors from Toronto
second baseman Emilio Bonifacio put Victorino and Bradley on base, then pinch-
hitter Ciriaco plated the former.
Napoli's two-run shot in the fifth upped the Red Sox edged to 4-1, but DeRosa
countered with a solo homer to start the home half and after Maicer Izturis
singled, Reyes doubled him home for a one-run margin.
Reyes, who came up favoring his groin after being tagged out trying to reach
third, remained in the game, and his one-out blast to right tied the contest
in the seventh.
Red Sox starter Felix Doubront gave up three runs on nine hits with six
strikeouts over five-plus innings ... Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson was
charged with nine hits and four runs -- three earned -- over six full frames
... The Jays played without outfielder Jose Bautista, who is listed as day-to-
day with an injured ankle ... Boston shortstop Iglesias left the game in
the third inning with a bruised right arm ... DeRosa's last homer came on Apr.
5, 2010, with San Francisco against Houston.
04/06 02:43:18 ET