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Josh Beckett Hurt as Pitchers Duel Tips in Blue Jays’ Favor; Red Sox Lose 1-0

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett, right, leaves the game with an undisclosed injury during fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

It was a real pitchers duel in Toronto on Monday, and it resulted in a 1-0 loss in 11 innings for the Red Sox. Both teams struggled all day against each other, and neither could get a break. Finally, with two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Brett Lawrie hit a deep homer to center field off Dan Wheeler to walk off with the win.

Toronto got two on with one out in the bottom of the opening frame, and even racked up a steal of third base, but two strikeouts ended that. Another steal in the next frame for Toronto led to another runner getting to third, but a strikeout ended that as well.

Boston finally got their first base-runner in the 3rd, with Marco Scutaro singling and Jacoby Ellsbury doubling, but Scutaro didn’t want to risk trying to score on the throw back in. A ground-out from Dustin Pedroia stopped Boston’s mini-rally cold.

The big news of the day came with two outs in the bottom of the 4th. While pitching with two outs, Josh Beckett came down a little awkwardly on his right ankle, which we later found out was sprained. The trainers came out and without attempting another pitch, Beckett was removed from the game. In the midst of everything, Edward Encarnacion stole his way to third, but Alfredo Aceves shut the door en route to 3.2 innings of his own.

In the 5th, Boston had a great chance when Scutaro doubled with one out. Next, Ellsbury grounded into a fielder’s choice which resulted in Scutaro being caught in a rundown. Ellsbury tried to make it to second, but was tagged out upon arrival to complete the 1-5-6 double play.

Boston had another chance in the 7th, with runners on first and second with one out. A ground-out did advance the runners, but another ground-out stopped any scoring from occurring.

After a few innings of sprinkled base runners, Toronto had a golden opportunity in the 10th. Jonathan Papelbon was pressed into service, and promptly gave up a single, but got a foul-out on a failed bunt afterwards. He then racked up a throwing error on a pick-off attempt, and gave up a walk before getting a big strikeout. Another walk and the bases were loaded for Toronto, but Adam Lind swung and missed on three straight pitches to end the threat.

After the Red Sox went down in order in the 11th, Dan Wheeler came in. He appeared on his way to a 1-2-3 inning himself, but left a hanging sinker over the plate for Lawrie to blast deep into the bleachers.

Sox’ Stud of the Game: The Pitching Staff

Even Wheeler was good; if it wasn’t for the lack of offensive support, that would’ve been an easy victory.

Sox’ Dud of the Game: The Offense

Josh Reddick and Scutaro may have gotten two hits each, but nobody could push anything across the plate.

Terry’s Take:

“He’s sore on his ankle…. He said it was hurting and getting stiff….” – Terry Francona on Josh Beckett’s injury before expressing optimism on a future prognosis.

Game Notes:

W: Shawn Camp (3-3)
L: Dan Wheeler (2-2)

  • Boston played its ninth extra-inning game of the season while Toronto played its fifteenth. Toronto is now 9-0 in extras at home.
  • Papelbon allowed his first walk since July 10.
  • Boston has now lost five of seven.
  • With New York winning Monday, Boston is 2.5 games behind in the division for the first time since July 2.

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