The Red Sox have received solo shots from Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis, but the Blue Jays have responded, scoring three times against Tim Wakefield to take a 3-2 lead into the fourth inning.
The Jays got off to a quick start against Wakefield when Yunel Escobar launched took the third pitch of the game and planted it off the wall for a leadoff double. He would come around to score as Jose Bautista picked up his third RBI of the series, singling into center to bring Escobar around.
It took all of two pitches from Ricky Romero for Jacoby Ellsbury to answer, hitting his career-high tenth homer of the season over the bullpens in right field. After a scoreless second from Wakefield, Kevin Youkilis also took advantage of the second pitch of the inning, smacking a 92 MPH fastball into the monster seats to give the Sox the 2-1 lead.
Things unraveled quickly for Wakefield in the third, though. Rajai Davis pounded one into the ground, and reached as Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s throw to first arrived late. Yunel Escobar again made solid contact with a line drive to center, and a pair of productive outs later the game was tied. Unfortunately, it didn’t stay that way, as Adam Lind put the Jays on top with a soft fly ball to center.
The Sox need a good few innings from Tim Wakefield tonight after their bullpen’s recent marathon outings. Hopefully he can deliver.