The Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays Monday night, 9-6.
The Sox were put in a very early hole by starter Felix Doubront, who had anything but the sort of bounce-back outing he needed. Surrendering a quick line drive to Brett Lawrie for a leadoff single, Doubront gave Colby Rasmus a curveball that stayed up just enough for the Toronto center fielder to jump out in front of the plate and give it a ride to right field and around the foul pole for a two-run shot.
The troubles for Doubront did not end there, with an error and more hard contact leaving the Sox down by four runs before the inning was over. Quickly, however, the Sox began to dig themselves out. With Dustin Pedroia on third, David Ortiz got a middle-in fastball and launched a no-doubter into the right field bleachers past the bullpens to make it 4-2.
While the Blue Jays would tack on another run in the second, Felix Doubront would settle down for the next three innings, giving the Sox a chance to score two more runs thanks to some bad two-out defense from Toronto, and then tie the game up in the fourth when Cody Ross lead off with a double and was brought home by a Ryan Kalish single.
Unfortunately, that's when momentum shifted dramatically. After looking like a new man for the better part of four innings, Doubront got in trouble with his changeup. One to Ben Francisco was planted off the wall, and another to J.P. Arencibia resulted in a huge home run over the Monster that left the Sox in a 7-5 hole. A bad outing from Matt Albers culminating in a two-run shot from Jose Bautista left the Sox behind 9-5 before the rains came to Fenway causing a lengthy delay.
Those fans resilient enough to wait out the weather would be given some small reward when David Ortiz made it two home runs on the day, crushing a Darren Oliver offering to center field, but that would be all. Casey Janssen came in to pitch the ninth, and made short work of the bottom of the lineup to end the game with a Blue Jays win.
|Final - 6.25.2012||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R|
|Toronto Blue Jays||4||1||0||0||0||2||2||0||0||9|
|Boston Red Sox||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||6|