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Red Sox Shut Down by Blue Jays, Lose 6-1

Colby Rasmus made things difficult for Beckett (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-1 Friday night at Fenway Park. Josh Beckett was tagged early by the Blue Jays’ offense, and Aaron Laffey proved to be too much for the offense of the Red Sox.

Colby Rasmus plagued Beckett early in the game. In the top of the first inning Rasmus hit a triple to right field. Rasmus then scored when Edwin Encarnarcion reached on a fielder’s choice. Adam Lind singled to right field, moving Encarnarcion up to third base. J.P. Arencibia then singled to left field, scoring Encarnarcion.

In the top of the second inning, Yunel Escobar led off with a double to center field. Escobar advanced to third on a ground out. Anthony Gose then walked to put runners on first and third. Colby Rasmus then struck again as he doubled to center field to score both Escobar and Gose, putting the Blue Jays up 4-0 early.

In the top of the fifth inning, Encarnarcion reached on an infield single and advanced to second base on a throwing error by Will Middlebrooks. Adam Lind then singled to center field, allowing Encarnarcion to score and put the Blue Jays up 5-0. The Blue Jays tacked on one more run in the top of the ninth inning. Travis Snider and Yan Gomes hit back-to-back doubles. Snider scored on Gomes’ double, giving the Blue Jays the commanding 6-0 lead.

The Red Sox finally put a number other than zero in the run column in the ninth inning, but it was too little too late. Middlebrooks singled to right field and advanced to second on a defensive indifference. Daniel Nava then pinch hit for Kelly Shoppach and drew a walk. On the walk a wild pitch was thrown allowing Middlebrooks to advance to third. Middlebrooks then scored the first and only run of the night when Mike Aviles grounded into a fielder’s choice where Nava was thrown out at second. Jarrod Saltlamacchia pinch hit for Pedro Ciriaco, but he struck out to end the game.

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Graduate of Bridgewater State University with a BA in Communication studies. I've been a Boston sports fan all my life and enjoy having the opportunity to write about it.

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