American League Game Summary - Boston at Toronto|
(Wednesday, April 11th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Boston 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Ricky Romero outdueled Jon Lester, while Rajai
Davis had an RBI triple and scored two runs as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the
Boston Red Sox, 3-1, on Wednesday.
Romero (1-0), who retired 17 consecutive Red Sox hitters at one point, gave up
a run on three hits and two walks while fanning five in 8 1/3 innings.
"When he's on, he's on," said Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. "He
wasn't making that many mistakes and he went through every hitter. When things
get like that, it's tough to hit."
Sergio Santos recorded the final two outs in the ninth for his first save
after blowing his first opportunity for one against Boston on Monday.
Jose Bautista was 0-for-3 and didn't register a hit in the series (0-for-11).
Lester (0-1) was the hard-luck loser after allowing three runs on three
hits and two walks while striking out six in his seventh career complete game.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell called the game a "classic duel" between Romero
"We were able to manufacture three runs," said Farrell. "But Ricky was the
story here. It was a really good lineup he went against."
Jacoby Ellsbury drove in the lone run for the Red Sox, who have lost five of
their first six games to begin 2012 after a 2-10 start last season.
The Red Sox opened the scoring with a run in the visitor's third. Cody Ross
and Mike Aviles began the frame with back-to-back singles and Kelly Shoppach
followed with a sacrifice bunt. Ellsbury slapped an opposite field single to
left field, which brought home Aviles.
Toronto, though, answered with two runs in the bottom half of the frame to
take the lead. After Eric Thames singled to start the inning, J.P. Arencibia
struck out swinging.
Davis then lined a triple down the right-field line to plate Thames and Davis
came home on Yunel Escobar's sacrifice fly to right field.
The Jays added an insurance run in the eighth as Davis showcased his blazing
speed. He reached first with a two-out walk and then stole second, even though
Lester had him picked off at first base. Davis then came flying around third
and scored on Escobar's single up the middle.
Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia led off the top of the ninth with back-to-back
walks. Adrian Gonzalez then moved them both over with a sacrifice fly to
Santos came on for Romero and struck out Kevin Youkilis before getting Ortiz
to ground out to Escobar at shortstop to end the game.
Davis had six triples in 2011...Romero moved to 5-6 in his career against the
Red Sox...Lester's last complete game came against San Francisco on June 27,
2010...The Red Sox will head to Boston for their home opener Friday to
kickstart a four-game series against Tampa Bay.
04/12 00:36:38 ET