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Relentless Blue Jays Squeak by Sox in Extra Innings

Jon Lester (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

The Blue Jays set the pace early with a three-run first inning off of Jon Lester and were not to be denied for the rest of the evening. Boston came back several times throughout the game but ended up falling 7-6 to the Blue Jays.

In his worst start of the season, Jon Lester tied a season-high with five earned runs in 5.1 innings to go with five walks and giving up seven hits and two home runs. Boston was able to battle back and Lester avoided the loss.

After Toronto tagged Lester for three runs in the 1st inning, Boston fired back with an RBI single in the 2nd by Carl Crawford followed by a David Ortiz home run (5th of the season) in the 4th. The Sox pulled ahead in the 5th when Adrian Gonzalez launched a two-run homer to give Boston a 4-3 lead.

The lead was very short-lived as Lester allowed a solo shot to Jose Bautista to bring the score to 4-4. Toronto took the lead in the 6th as catcher J.P. Arencibia added a home run of his own for the 5-4 lead.

Now in the top of the 8th and refusing to die, Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to drive in Jose Iglesias for the 5-5 tie. Then wouldn’t you know it, Toronto blasts another home run courtesy of David Cooper for the 6-5 lead.

You’d think both teams would be sick of this by now, but Adrian Gonzalez led off the top of the 9th, stepped to the plate, and hit his 2nd home run of the game (6th of the year) to tie it up at 6-6.

In a game that prominently displayed the longball, the outcome was decided with speed. Toronto’s Rajai Davis singled with one out in the bottom of the 10th and proceeded to swipe 2nd and 3rd base. Standing on 3rd with one out, Davis scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Blue Jays the 7-6 win.

Game Notes

W: Carlos Villanueva (1-0)
L: Matt Albers (0-1)

  • Jacoby Ellsburywent 3-6 to extend his hitting streak to 19 games
  • Kevin Youkilis was the only starter without a hit going 0-5.
  • Rich Hill pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief and has yet to allow a run this season.

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