Lowrie, Beckett lead Red Sox past Blue JaysApr 16, 2011 - 8:56 PM Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and Josh Beckett tossed seven innings of one-run baseball, as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-1, in the second test of a four-game series.
Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Gonzalez both knocked in a run for the Red Sox, who snapped a three-game skid to improve their record to 3-10.
Beckett (2-1) gave up the one run on three hits to pick up the victory. The right-hander also struck out nine and walked two.
Travis Snider drove in the lone run for the Blue Jays, who sit at 7-7 on the young season.
Jo-Jo Reyes (0-2) lasted just three-plus frames, allowing four runs on seven hits. He also walked five and struck out three in the loss.
The Red Sox scored all the runs they would need in the first inning. Lowrie led off with an infield single and Dustin Pedroia followed with a walk. Gonzalez then hit an RBI single to right. Youkilis made it a 2-0 game with a run-scoring double to right.
Toronto's lone run of the game came in the second. Aaron Hill hit a one-out double and crossed the plate on Snider's base hit to right. Snider stole second and third, but Jose Molina struck out looking to end the inning.
Lowrie's blast in the home second made it a 4-1 game. Jacoby Ellsbury walked before Lowrie cleared the Green Monster with his first home run of the year.
Beckett retired seven straight batters before walking Hill with two down in the fourth. Hill stole second before Snider grounded out.
The Blue Jays did not threaten to score for the remainder of the game. Beckett worked around a one-out single in the fifth and a two-out walk in the sixth. He retired the side in order in the seventh to complete his outing.
Daniel Bard pitched a scoreless eighth before Jonathan Papelbon picked up his second save in the ninth.
The Red Sox were 12-6 against the Blue Jays last season...Toronto went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position, while Boston went 2-for-12 with RISP...The Blue Jays had four hits.
- TORONTO: 1
Apr 16 4:23 PM
- Jed Lowrie none-out, two-run Home Run (1) to left scored Jacoby Ellsbury. Dustin Pedroia due up.
Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 4 Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 16 2:03 PM
- Travis Snider single to right scored Aaron Hill. Runner on first with one out and Jayson Nix due up.
Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 2 Top 2, 1 OutApr 16 1:44 PM
- Kevin Youkilis double to right scored Dustin Pedroia. Runners on second and third with none out and David Ortiz due up.
Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 2 Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 16 1:26 PM
- Adrian Gonzalez single to right scored Jed Lowrie. Runners on first and second with none out and Kevin Youkilis due up.
Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 1 Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 16 1:25 PM
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