Things Turn Around Quickly As Red Sox Fall 7-3 To Blue Jays
By Conor Duffy
Things were going great in this game last night until a couple of quick turns led the Red Sox to another disappointing loss. The Red Sox started things off with a nice little rally in the second inning as Adrian Gonzalez singled and Cody Ross doubled with no outs in the inning– putting two men in scoring position for the slumping Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Salty didn’t look like he was slumping in this at bat, though, as he lifted a fly ball to deep right and eventually into the bullpens to give the Red Sox an early 3-0 lead.
However, the Blue Jays got right back into the game in the very next inning– loading the bases with one away. They would take one run on a sacrifice fly by Brett Lawrie to cut it to a two run lead for the Sox. It stayed at 3-1 all the way until the sixth inning– when Colby Rasmus‘ two-out walk inconspicuously started a rally. On a 2-2 count, the next batter– Edwin Encarnacion— took a ball deep to left field and onto Lansdowne Street for a two-run homer to tie the game at three.
Bobby Valentine made an odd decision by allowing Aaron Cook to stay for the seventh inning, and was almost instantly rewarded on a first pitch moonshot by J.P. Arencibia to left-center. That would give the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead and from that point on, there was no looking back. After putting two men in scoring position, Brett Lawrie gave the Blue Jays a couple more runs on a two-run single to make it 6-3. A botched attempt at a forceout in the ninth would give the Blue Jays another run as they went home happy with a 7-3 win.