Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 5, Mid 5: Jacoby Ellsbury Reclaims Red Sox' Lead

The Red Sox have reclaimed their lead from the Blue Jays, and head into the bottom of the fifth up 8-5.

The Blue Jays would only need one hit to build a lead in the third inning thanks to a hit batsman, a walk, and a delayed double steal that Jarrod Saltalamacchia bit on, allowing a second run to come in after Jose Bautista’s ground rule double scored one.

Much like Boston’s early lead, however, the Blue Jays’ wouldn’t hold up, as the bottom of the order jumped all over Brandon Morrow. After Kevin Youkilis’ long line drive out, Carl Crawford dropped a double into the corner in right field, and then scored when Josh Reddick hit a perfectly placed flair for a double.

With Marco Scutaro walking in between the two doubles and Jarrod Saltalamacchia striking out afterwards, Jacoby Elsbury stepped to the plate with two men on and two outs. The first pitch he saw in the at bat was a 93-MPH fastball down the pipe, and Ellsbury didn’t waste it, knocking a no-doubter to right to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 7-5 lead.

A surprising 1-2-3 inning from Wakefield in the bottom half of the fourth was quickly rewarded when David Ortiz launched a monster shot to right field that ended up in the second deck. With the Sox up 8-5, Tim Wakefield needs just one more inning.

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