The Red Sox got back to winning Tuesday night behind a strong performance from Daisuke Matsuzka and a late-innings rally off the Toronto bullpen, taking the second game of their series against the Blue Jays 5-1.
It was an ugly first inning for the Red Sox, largely due to the defense. While Daisuke did his part by allowing a leadoff double, the infield didn't help him, as Mike Aviles, trying to catch Brett Lawrie in a baserunning gaffe, threw wide of first, sacrificing the out at first for no return at third. A hard hit ground ball to Will Middlebrooks would be enough to get the run in, as the third baseman made a great diving play, but couldn't finish it off with a great throw, sailing the ball too high for Adrian Gonzalez to get his glove on.
Even as Daisuke settled down, keeping runs off the board into the sixth, when he was joined in the effort by Scott Atchison, the Sox were unable to pick up anything off of Aaron Laffey. Groundballing his way to six scoreless innings, Laffey escaped a jam in the fifth when the Sox stranded Adrian Gonzalez at second after a leadoff single, and then again in the sixth when Rajai Davis bailed him out by gunning down Dustin Pedroia with a great throw home on a David Ortiz double.
With the pen in for the seventh inning, however, things changed quickly. Finally turned around to bat left-handed by Jason Frasor, Jarrod Saltalamacchia got a fastball up over the outside part of the plate and launched a hard-hit solo shot into the Monster seats on a line to tie the game. After Luis Perez gave up a double to Ryan Kalish, the Blue Jays called on David Pauley, and their hopes to win the game went out the window. Hitting Daniel Nava in the leg and walking Mike Aviles, Pauley came up against Dustin Pedroia and had a sinker knocked right back up the middle for a two-run single that made it 3-1.
With Pauley staying in the game, the Sox were allowed to strike again in the eighth. With David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez each doubling off the Monster around a Cody Ross single, and Will Middlebrooks chipping in with a sacrifice fly, the Sox ended the eighth up 5-1, turning a four-run lead over to Alfredo Aceves for a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
|Final - 6.26.2012||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Toronto Blue Jays||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||7||0|
|Boston Red Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||2||X||5||9||1|
|WP: Andrew Miller (2 - 0)
LP: Luis Perez (2 - 2)