May 21, 2014

G45: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 4

Blue Jays - 022 010 100 - 6 11  1
Red Sox   - 000 100 030 - 4 11  1
Although the final score was not embarrassing, it was another dispiriting night as the Red Sox lost their sixth consecutive game. And Clay Buchholz (4.2-9-5-2-2, 90) continued his dismal season with yet another subpar outing. Boston (20-25) left 11 men on base and fell four games behind the Yankees and Blue Jays in the East.

Edwin Encarnacion, who hit two home runs in Tuesday's game, launched two more longballs tonight. He went deep in the second and third innings, driving in a total of three runs.

A key moment for the Red Sox came in the bottom of the sixth. Boston trailed 5-1, but they had the bases loaded, thanks to singles by A.J. Pierzynski and Xander Bogaerts and a walk from Brock Holt. Brett Cecil (who had issued the walk) struck out Grady Sizemore to end the inning. Toronto tacked on an insurance run in the next inning to make it 6-1.

The Red Sox showed some life in the eighth. Pierzynski singled and was forced at second by Shane Victorino (who hit a solo homer in the fourth). Mike Carp doubled to center to score Victorino. Bogaerts doubled high off the Wall to score Carp. After a pitching change, Holt singled in XB, bringing Boston to within two runs. With the tying run at the plate, Sizemore struck out looking and Dustin Pedroia grounded to third.

In the ninth, Pierzynski collected his third single of the night, but Victorino hit into another fielder's choice, and Pierzynski was put out 6-4.

Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with two doubles; his one out was a line drive to left. Carp doubled twice and walked. Pierzysnki went 3-for-5. ... David Ortiz went 0-for-5 and is hitless in his last 13 at-bats.
Drew Hutchison / Clay Buchholz
Sizemore, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Gomes, LF
Pierzynski, C
Victorino, RF
Carp, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Holt, 3B
Felix Doubront was placed on the disabled list today, with Stephen Drew taking his place on the 25-man roster. ... Ben Cherington talks about Drew, Xander Bogaerts, and Will Middlebrooks here.

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