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Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays: Jays Rally Off Bard In 8th, Win 5-4

After Adrian Gonzalez smacked a home run in the sixth, the Red Sox looked to be in control while leading 4-2. In the eighth inning though, Daniel Bard came on to set up Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth and was promptly shelled.

After the first batters reached on a pair of walks, Jays catcher JP Arencibia drove home Edwin Encarnacion on a sacrifice. Then Adam Loewen came up and hit a 2 run single to give Toronto the lead back. Mike McCoy grounded into a double play to help the Sox avoid any further damage.

In the ninth Frank Francisco came on in relief of Ricky Romero, who went eight solid innings, and took down the Sox in order for his 15th save of the season.

The Blue Jays started the game strong, as they put up two runs in the top of the first off Sox starter John Lackey. An error in the second inning allowed the Sox to pull even on a Jason Varitek RBI and then the Sox took the lead in the third when Marco Scutaro drove in Jacoby Ellsbury.

Lackey left the game in the fifth after allowing the first two batters to reach base and throwing 115 pitches. Frank Morales and Alfredo Aceves combined to keep the Blue Jays off the scoreboard until the eighth.

The loss moves Tampa Bay to within 3.5 games of the Sox in the race for the Wild Card with the Rays and Sox opening up a four game series at Fenway tomorrow.

After hitting his 27th home run of the season Gonzalez left the game in the 7th with tightness in his calf.

WP: Ricky Romero (15-10)
LP: Daniel Bard (2-8)
S: Frank Francisco