Thanks to a clutch hit from Pedro Ciriaco, the Red Sox were able to knock off the Blue Jays 3-2, taking consecutive wins for the first time in over two weeks.
The Red Sox would find themselves in an early hole as Clay Buchholz' control difficulties cost them in the first. After two quick outs, Buchholz would fail to find the strike zone against Edwin Encarnacion, and then had a double from Adam Lind and Yunel Escobar single bring the run home, though the inning would end there with Cody Ross throwing a bullet home to catch Lind by a mile.
Having just saved a run, Ross set about getting the one Buchholz had given up back. Hooking a fastball that tailed back into his wheelhouse, Ross sent a high fly ball out to left and over the wall for a solo shot, tying the game before an out was recorded in the second.
Ross would be at the center of another run scoring effort in the fourth, as well, drawing a two-out walk to extend the inning. James Loney would single him over to third, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia hitting a drive to center that seemed to freeze Anthony Gose, dropping in for an RBI base hit.
With Clay Buchholz having settled down after the first, the fourth inning rally gave the Sox a 2-1 lead. Buchholz would continue to pitch effectively, but was undone by an error in the bottom of the fifth, which cost him an out and allowed the tying run to score from third on a sacrifice fly that would have otherwise ended the inning.
The tie would persist into the ninth, with Craig Breslow replacing Buchholz after seven for a 1-2-3 eighth and the Blue Jays pen escaping a tricky situation in the eighth with the bases loaded and just one out. Much like on Friday, it would be the final inning which decided the game, and once again it was the Red Sox who rallied. Jarrod Saltalamacchia led off with a double to right field, and while Ryan Lavarnway and Mike Aviles couldn't move him to third until there were two outs in the inning, Pedro Ciriaco came through. Picking up yet another clutch hit, Ciriaco drove Salty in with a double down the left field line, giving the Sox the 3-2 advantage. Andrew Bailey nailed down the save, and the Sox ensured a series win.
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|Boston Red Sox||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||6||2|
|Toronto Blue Jays||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||5||0|
|WP: Craig Breslow (1 - 0)
SV: Andrew Bailey (4)
LP: Steve Delabar (4 - 2)