David Ortiz knocked in three runs with a double and a home run, giving the Boston Red Sox the early advantage against the Blue Jays last night in Toronto. The Sox jumped out early, scoring four runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth and fifth. Beckett did not show his best, giving up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched. After Boston’s three run rally in the eighth, Jonathon Papelbon came in to shut the door. Papelbon certainly didn’t make it look easy, letting up three walks and two hits. Regardless, he was able to close out the game and hold a 10-9 lead for Boston. “There’s something to be said for persistence, because that was a very losable game,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “It would’ve been heartbreaking because of that — because of the way the guys played.”
Jason Bay, who contributed with a solo homer in the fifth reflected on the outcome and said “Whether we win 10-0 and Josh throws a shutout or we win 10-9, a win’s a win.” This victory for Boston, however, was a bit more meaningful then others, knowing it got the Sox a share of the Wild Card lead with the Texas Rangers. Boston remains seven games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East standings. The Sox will match up against the Toronto Blue Jays for two more games before hosting the Yanks for a three-game weekend series.
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