Red Sox jump on Jays early, hold onJun 28, 2013 - 2:20 AM Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jon Lester bounced back with an effective start and was aided by a seven-run second inning that propelled the Boston Red Sox to a 7-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a four-game series from Fenway Park.
The Red Sox pasted Chien-Ming Wang for six hits, capped by Dustin Pedroia's two-run homer, during their second-inning uprising. Jarrod Saltalamacchia added an RBI single in the frame and finished 2-for-4 to help the AL East leaders to their third straight win.
Lester (8-4), who had given up four runs or more in six of his last seven starts coming in, held Toronto to two runs over the first seven innings before issuing a pair of singles to begin the eighth. He was then removed after sustaining an undisclosed injury while pitching to the next batter, with Junichi Tazawa allowing both inherited runners to score as Toronto pulled within 7-4.
Koji Uehara set the Blue Jays down in order in the ninth, however, to register his third save of the season.
Maicer Izturis went 2-for-3 with a two-run double for the Blue Jays, losers of three of four since matching a club record with 11 straight wins from June 11-23. Rajai Davis also collected two hits while scoring twice.
Wang (1-1) lasted just 1 2/3 innings and was tagged for all seven runs on six hits and two walks.
Wang retired the Red Sox in order in the bottom of the opening inning, but walked the first two batters in the second before surrendering five consecutive hits as Boston broke the game open.
Daniel Nava singled off the Green Monster to knock in the first run and Saltalamacchia followed with a base hit up the middle for a 2-0 edge. A Stephen Drew double then plated Nava, right before Jose Iglesias and Jacoby Ellsbury delivered run-scoring hits to extend the margin to five runs.
Wang was able to get Shane Victorino to ground into a double play, but Pedroia drilled a breaking ball over the Monster to push the lead to 7-0.
Lester, meanwhile, was cruising along. The left-hander permitted only a pair of walks, both of which were erased on double plays, through the first four innings until Toronto broke through with two runs in the fifth.
Melky Cabrera ended the no-hit bid with a one-out single and Davis dropped in a base hit two batters later in front of Izturis' double into the gap in left center that brought home both runners.
Relievers Aaron Loup, Juan Perez and Brett Cecil combined to record 15 consecutive outs after David Ortiz singled following Pedroia's homer, and Toronto inched closer by putting up two more runs in the eighth.
Davis and Izturis singled off Lester, who then doubled over after throwing a third straight ball to Emilio Bonifacio and walked off the mound under his own power. Bonifacio ended up walking to load the bases, with Jose Reyes driving in Davis with a sacrifice fly off Tazawa and Izturis scoring on Jose Bautista's groundout.
Uehara was able to shut the door in the ninth, finishing the Blue Jays off with back-to-back strikeouts of Cabrera and J.P. Arencibia.
Lester improved to 3-0 in four starts against Toronto this season, as well as 3-0 in six Fenway Park assignments in 2013 ... The Blue Jays had prevailed in eight of their last nine visits to Boston coming in ... Boston went 6-for-9 with runners in scoring position ... Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to eight games and is batting .356 in June ... Perez struck out three over three perfect innings in relief.
- J.P. Arencibia struck out swinging to end the game.
Jun 27 9:45 PM
- Jose Bautista groundout to short scored Maicer Izturis with two out. On the play, Emilio Bonifacio advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Edwin Encarnacion due up.
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 7 Top 8, 2 OutsJun 27 9:26 PM
- Jose Reyes sacrifice fly to center scored Rajai Davis with one out. Runners on first and second with one out and Jose Bautista due up.
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 7 Top 8, 1 OutJun 27 9:24 PM
- Maicer Izturis double to left center scored Melky Cabrera and Rajai Davis with two out. Runner on second with two outs and Emilio Bonifacio due up.
Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 7 Top 5, 2 OutsJun 27 8:33 PM
- Dustin Pedroia two-out, two-run Home Run (5) to left scored Jose Iglesias. David Ortiz due up.
Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 7 Bot 2, 2 OutsJun 27 7:51 PM
- Jacoby Ellsbury single to center scored Stephen Drew with none out. On the play, Jose Iglesias advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and Shane Victorino due up.
Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 5 Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 27 7:47 PM
- Jose Iglesias infield single to short scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia with none out. Runners on first and second with none out and Jacoby Ellsbury due up.
Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 4 Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 27 7:46 PM
- Stephen Drew double to right scored Daniel Nava with none out. On the play, Jarrod Saltalamacchia advances to third. Runners on second and third with none out and Jose Iglesias due up.
Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 3 Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 27 7:45 PM
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia single to center scored Mike Carp with none out. On the play, Daniel Nava advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and Stephen Drew due up.
Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 2 Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 27 7:41 PM
- Daniel Nava single to left scored David Ortiz with none out. On the play, Mike Carp advances to third. Runners on first and third with none out and Jarrod Saltalamacchia due up.
Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 1 Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 27 7:40 PM
- TORONTO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 27 7:11 PM
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