Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Blue Jays Get To Boston 'Pen In 10th, Red Sox Lose, 5-1

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Up until extra innings, this was one of the most enjoyable games at Fenway Park this year. The Red Sox and Blue Jays battled to a 1-1 ties at the end of regulation—with both starting pitchers struggling some but persevering. Sox lefty Henry Owens seemed to let the lead-off guy get on each of his five plus innings—but showed mental toughness beyond his years by squirming out of multiple jams. Knuckle-baller R.A. Dickey was better—giving up just one run on four hits—one of which was a solo HR by Travis Shaw in the eventual 5-1 Red Sox loss. In the end—as has been the case so many times in 2015—Boston's bullpen coughed up the loss. This time it was Alexi Ogando—giving up four tenth-inning runs to take the loss. Dustin Pedroia returned to the lineup and went 1-4 with a double. The Toronto win—coupled with a 2-1 Yankee loss—pushed the Blue Jays lead in the AL East to 1.5 games.