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Go ahead, try getting Tito to bench Jason Varitek and his anemic bat now!
Desperately needing a victory, the BoSox sent ace Josh Beckett to the hill in Toronto against rookie sensation Ricky Romero without his binkie (Tek), and all hell broke loose. Beckett allowed 7 runs on 9 hits in just 5 1/3 innings in his worst start since April 30th at Tampa Bay.
Staked to 4-0 and 7-3 leads, Beckett could not hold the line, and was removed in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied.
Luckily for the Sox, David Ortiz, a late addition to the lineup, hit his 18th home run of the season and scored three runs, including the go-ahead score as the Sox rallied for three in the top of the eighth in a 10-9 win.
Jonathan Papelbon entered the game in the bottom of the eighth for the four-out save, and promptly allowed two inherited runners to score. Pap’s shaky “save” included three walks and a lot of tense moments, but he finally retired Jays catcher Rod Barajas to end the game. Whew!