Red Sox - 000 000 000 00 - 0 7 1 Blue Jays - 000 000 000 01 - 1 6 0Brett Lawrie crushed a long home run to deep left-center off Dan Wheeler to give Toronto an extra-inning win. Wheeler quickly retired the first two Jays, but Lawrie launched a 1-1 bomb for his eighth home run of the year.
Jonathan Papelbon had escaped a bases loaded, two-out jam in the tenth, but threw 27 pitches.
Beckett (3.2-3-0-1-6, 58) left the game mid-batter in the fourth inning with a sprained right ankle. Alfredo Aceves (3.2-1-0-3-4, 56) came in and pitched admirably into the eighth. He stumbled in the eighth, however, putting runners at first and second with one out. Daniel Bard came in and put out the fire, getting Jose Bautista on a first-pitch pop-out to right and striking out Adam Lind. (Lind also fanned, on three pitches against Bot with the sacks full, for the final out in the 10th.)
Most of the Red Sox's best scoring chances came with two outs in an inning:
3rd: 2nd/3rd, 2 outs - Pedroia 5-3The Yankees beat the Orioles 11-10 and moved 2.5 GA of Boston in the AL East.
4th: 1st/2nd, 2 outs - Reddick K
5th: 2nd with 1 out - Ellsbury 1-5-4 DP*
7th: 1st/2nd, 1 out and 2nd/3rd, 2 outs - Scutaro 6-3
8th: 1st/2nd, 2 outs - Youkilis K
9th: 2nd, 1 out - Varitek K, Scutaro F7
*: Scutaro caught off 2B and Ellsbury thrown out trying to advance to 2B during the rundown.
Josh Beckett / Henderson Alvarez
Ellsbury, CFThe Red Sox are 1.5 GB the Yankees as they begin a four-game series with Toronto. Boston has not been this far out of first place in two months (July 5).
Ryan Lavarnway, infielder Nate Spears and pitcher Kyle Weiland have been added to the roster. However, Spears is not on the 40-man roster, so a corresponding move will be made. (Weiland may start on Friday in place of Erik Bedard, whose left knee is sore.) Terry Francona says that Bobby Jenks's season is over, which comes as no surprise.
Alvarez, a 21-year-old right-hander, began this season in A ball. He made his debut August 10; this is his sixth major league start.
Game thread here; Orioles/Yankees at 1 PM.