It took five hours thanks to two lengthy rain delays, but when all was said and done, the Boston Red Sox had fallen to the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2, ensuring a fourth straight series loss, and leaving them at 1-10 in their last 11 games.
It only took into the second inning for it to be clear what direction this game was taking. On his first pitch of the frame, as rain soaked spectators and players alike, Matsuzaka turned to watch a rocket shot into the Monster seats from Yunel Escobar. A single to Kelly Johnson and plunking of J.P. Arencibia followed, and Adeiny Hechavarria quickly made it 2-0 with a double that bounced over the head of Pedro Ciriaco and down the left field line.
Daisuke would only record his first out of the inning after an Anthony Gose single scored both the runners, making it 4-0. And with that out coming on a fly ball after Anthony Gose stole second and advanced to third when Ryan Lavarnway's throw bounced off him and into center field, even that would go for a sacrifice fly and run scored. After a Colby Rasmus single, Daisuke's night was done, with five runs in and just one out in the second.
Boston's bullpen would hold strong, with Alfredo Aceves pitching to the first rain delay in the fourth, and Andrew Miller to the second in the fifth.The Sox would even manage to push across a pair of runs in the bottom of said inning, thanks to Aaron Laffey being left out after the first rain delay, clearly cooling down as the Sox struck with a walk and three singles. The second delay would come with two down, however, leaving Brad Lincoln free to enter and clean up the last out for him after play resumed.
Mark Melancon took over with two scoreless from there, but the game got completely away from the Sox in the last couple of innings. Three straight singles off of Vicenete Padilla proved enough to make it 6-2 in the top of the eighth, and when Andrew Bailey surrendered a no-doubt three-run shot in the top of the ninth to Anthony Gose, it was clear there was no coming back.
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