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The Red Sox will look to avoid a sweep today at the hands of the Blue Jays, just a week after completing a sweep of the Jays in Fenway Park. On the mound for the Sox will be Jon Lester, who needs to avoid allowing the big inning. In his last start, he tossed four scoreless innings before allowing five runs in the fifth inning, in a loss against the Twins.
Saturday afternoon, the Blue Jays banged out 14 hits but only managed five runs. Brad Penny managed to string together another solid outing, allowing three runs (two earned) on 10 hits with five strikeouts in six innings pitched. The usually untouchable Ramon Ramirez was touched with the loss, as the righthander allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in just 2/3 of an inning.
The Red Sox only mustered together four hits and three earned runs, making a winner out of Toronto starter Brian Tallet, who went seven innings and allowed three runs in a 5-3 Jays victory.
Rocco Baldelli, RF: Before leaving the game with a knee contusion, Rocco put the Sox on the board with a two-run shot in the second inning. It was his second HR of the season as part of his 1-2 day.
David Ortiz, DH: Like many other batters, Ortiz went hitless. But, this is a usual thing for Ortiz so it’s worth mentioning that he went 0-4 with two strikeouts to drop his average to a putrid .185.
W: Brian Tallet (3-3)
L: Ramon Ramirez (4-2)
S: Scott Downs (7)