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Late Inning Rally Saturday Lifts Blue Jays Over Red Sox

J.P. Arencibia rounds the bases after launching a home run in the 7th inning, giving the Blue Jays the lead. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Blue Jays took game two of the weekend series against the Red Sox, defeating them by a score of 7-3. On a night were the Red Sox paid tribute to retired catcher and team captain Jason Varitek, Aaron Cook looked to be doing his job of forcing ground ball outs, until a couple late inning home runs gave the Blue Jays the edge.

The Red Sox started the night off in the bottom of the second inning. Adrian Gonzalez singled to right field. Cody Ross then continued his hot hitting ways as he doubled to left field. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had been benched the previous three games, and has been marred in a horrific slump hit a three run home run to put the Sox up 3-0 early. However, these three runs were the only runs they scored all night.

Kelly Johnson led off the top of the third inning for the Blue Jays with a double to left field. He advanced to third base on a Travis Snider single to center. Johnson then scored the first Blue Jays run when Brett Lawrie hit a sacrifice fly.

Aaron Cook kept the Blue Jays at bay for most of the game until the top of the sixth inning. After two quick ground outs to the pitcher, Cook issued a walk to Colby Rasmus. Edwin Encarnarcion then hit a towering home run over the green monster to tie the game at 3-3.

J.P. Arencibia then led off the top of the seventh inning with a home run of his own to put the Jays on top for the first time in the game 4-3. The Blue Jays didn’t look back after that. Yunel Escobar reached on a fielding error by Will Middlebrooks. Cook then left the game and the bullpen didn’t fair any better. Rajai Davis then walked. With Matt Albers on the mound for the Sox, Davis and Escobar executed a double steal to put runners at second and third base. Brett Lawrie then singled to left field scoring both runners giving the Blue Jays the 6-3 lead.

The Blue Jays added one more run in the top of the ninth. Rajai Davis doubled and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Lawrie. Rasmus grounded the ball to second and Dustin Pedroia attempted to throw Davis out at home but to no avail. Rasmus reached and Davis scored to ink the final score of 7-3.

Newly acquired Brandon Lyon came on in the ninth and retired the Sox in order to end the game.

About Steve Bastek - @sbastek12

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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