American League Game Summary - Toronto at Boston
(Thursday, June 27th)
Final Score: Boston 7, Toronto 4
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jon Lester bounced back with an effective start
and was aided by a seven-run second inning that propelled the Boston Red Sox
to a 7-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a four-game
series from Fenway Park.
The Red Sox pasted Chien-Ming Wang for six hits, capped by Dustin Pedroia's
two-run homer, during their second-inning uprising. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
added an RBI single in the frame and finished 2-for-4 to help the AL East
leaders to their third straight win.
Lester (8-4), who had given up four runs or more in six of his last seven
starts coming in, held Toronto to two runs over the first seven innings before
issuing a pair of singles to begin the eighth. He was then removed after
sustaining an undisclosed injury while pitching to the next batter, with
Junichi Tazawa allowing both inherited runners to score as Toronto pulled
Koji Uehara set the Blue Jays down in order in the ninth, however, to register
his third save of the season.
Maicer Izturis went 2-for-3 with a two-run double for the Blue Jays, losers of
three of four since matching a club record with 11 straight wins from June
11-23. Rajai Davis also collected two hits while scoring twice.
Wang (1-1) lasted just 1 2/3 innings and was tagged for all seven runs on six
hits and two walks.
Wang retired the Red Sox in order in the bottom of the opening inning, but
walked the first two batters in the second before surrendering five
consecutive hits as Boston broke the game open.
Daniel Nava singled off the Green Monster to knock in the first run and
Saltalamacchia followed with a base hit up the middle for a 2-0 edge. A
Stephen Drew double then plated Nava, right before Jose Iglesias and Jacoby
Ellsbury delivered run-scoring hits to extend the margin to five runs.
Wang was able to get Shane Victorino to ground into a double play, but Pedroia
drilled a breaking ball over the Monster to push the lead to 7-0.
Lester, meanwhile, was cruising along. The left-hander permitted only a pair
of walks, both of which were erased on double plays, through the first four
innings until Toronto broke through with two runs in the fifth.
Melky Cabrera ended the no-hit bid with a one-out single and Davis dropped in
a base hit two batters later in front of Izturis' double into the gap in left
center that brought home both runners.
Relievers Aaron Loup, Juan Perez and Brett Cecil combined to record 15
consecutive outs after David Ortiz singled following Pedroia's homer, and
Toronto inched closer by putting up two more runs in the eighth.
Davis and Izturis singled off Lester, who then doubled over after throwing a
third straight ball to Emilio Bonifacio and walked off the mound under his own
power. Bonifacio ended up walking to load the bases, with Jose Reyes driving
in Davis with a sacrifice fly off Tazawa and Izturis scoring on Jose
Uehara was able to shut the door in the ninth, finishing the Blue Jays off
with back-to-back strikeouts of Cabrera and J.P. Arencibia.
Lester improved to 3-0 in four starts against Toronto this season, as well as
3-0 in six Fenway Park assignments in 2013 ... The Blue Jays had prevailed in
eight of their last nine visits to Boston coming in ... Boston went 6-for-9
with runners in scoring position ... Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to
eight games and is batting .356 in June ... Perez struck out three over three
perfect innings in relief.
06/27 22:19:47 ET
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