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After a blowout victory on Friday night, the Sox offense couldn’t put on the same offensive showcase for Saturday’s game as they dropped the second game of the series to Toronto by a score of 9-5.
Toronto slugger Jose Bautista continued his career year by blasting his league-leading 24th home run and teammate Adam Lind added his 12th roundtripper as part of a 3-4 night.
Toronto starter Brandon Morrow allowed all four Sox runs in 4.0 innings of work before being chased. The Jays bullpen came in and shut Boston down, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing only three hits. Closer Kevin Gregg pitched 1.1 scoreless innings for his 20th save.
The struggles continue for John Lackey, who allowed three runs in the first inning alone. In total, the overpriced starter gave up seven runs in 4.2 innings to pick up his fifth loss of the season.
The Sox did collect 11 hits, but eight of them came off starter Brandon Morrow as Boston’s offense had no answer for Toronto’s bullpen.
You have to give it someone I suppose. Nave went 2-5 with a pair of doubles and he led the team with two RBI.
Allowing 14 baserunners in less than five innings of work will get you in the “Dud” section everytime.
W: Shawn Camp (3-1)
L: John Lackey (9-5)
S: Kevin Gregg (20)