Closing Time: John Farrell, Red Sox turn back crowd, Blue Jays for win
|04.05.13 at 10:43 pm ET|
TORONTO – Friday night, John Farrell got the last laugh.
On a night that was defined by a constant wave of boos and chants directed at the former Blue Jays manager, Farrell’s Red Sox managed to send most of the 45,328 at Rogers Centre home disappointed via a 6-4 win over the Jays.
After blowing a three-run advantage, the Red Sox took the lead for good in the eighth when Jonny Gomes raced home from third on Mike Napoli’s soft grounder to third baseman Maicer Izturis with one out.
Gomes, who pinch-hit for Daniel Nava with one out in the eighth, had walked before heading to third on Dustin Pedroia’s double to deep center field.
The Red Sox were able to add an insurance run thanks to Will Middlebrooks’ leadoff homer in the ninth.
After the eighth-inning run, Red Sox relievers Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan held the Blue Jays scoreless for the final two frames.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ third win of the season:
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- Pedroia, Shane Victorino and Pedro Ciriaco each had two hits apiece. Jackie Bradley also got on two more times, notching a hit and a walk.
- Koji Uehara has now allowed just nine of his 57 inherited runners to score over the course of his career after helping the Red Sox get out of a sixth-inning jam. After Felix Doubront allowed a leadoff double to J.P. Arencibia, Uehara came on to strike out both Rajai Davis and Colby Rasmus before ending the threat via a fly out off the bat of Adam Lind, allowing the Red Sox to hold their one-run lead. The righty now has six outs while having thrown just 14 pitches this season.
- Napoli accounted for the Red Sox’ first home run of the season, taking Josh Johnson over the right field wall with nobody out in the fifth inning. The two-run blast plated Pedroia and gave the Sox a 4-1 advantage.
- Jose Iglesias continued to impress in the field, ranging deep in the hole between shortstop and third base to gather in a Melky Cabrera grounder before proceeding to flip a laser of a throw to Pedroia at second base. The stab forced Jose Reyes at second for the second out in the home half of the third inning.
- Felix Doubront turned in a decent outing, giving up three runs on nine hits over five innings. The lefty struck out six and didn’t walk a batter, leaving with a 4-3 Red Sox lead.
- The Red Sox were the beneficiaries of three errors by Blue Jays’ second baseman Emilio Bonifacio.
WHAT WENT WRONG
- Reyes turned on a Junichi Tazawa fastball with one out in the seventh to tie the game at 4-4. It was Reyes’ fourth hit of the game. The reliever had allowed just one home run in his 44 innings last season.
- Middlebrooks suffered a fielding blunder in the first inning when he was coaxed not to throw to first on Cabrera with Reyes bluffing like he was going to run home from third. The Red Sox limited the damage, however, when Middlebrooks started an inning-ending, 5-4-3 double play the very next batter via a Edwin Encarnacion grounder.
- Iglesias was struck in the right elbow with a 93 mph fastball from Johnson on first pitch the No. 9 hitter saw. After being checked by Farrell (who was roundly booed upon entering onto the field) and the training staff, the shortstop remained in the game before ultimately being replaced by Ciriaco in the fourth inning.
- Immediately after Napoli handed the Red Sox a three-run cushion with his two-run homer, Doubront surrendered a solo shot to Mark DeRosa. It was DeRosa’s first homer since April 5, 2010. The Jays then cut the Sox’ lead to a run when Reyes doubled in Izturis with a rocket down the left field line. (Reyes would be cut down at third trying to stretch the play into a triple.)
- After the Blue Jays’ two-run fifth inning, the Red Sox had a chance to answer when Ciriaco led off the sixth with a double. But the opportunity was squandered when Jacoby Ellsbury struck out, Daniel Nava popped out to second base, and – after an intentional walk to Pedroia – Napoli was called out on strikes.
- The Red Sox went on to waste another scoring chance in the seventh when Brett Cecil struck out Victorino, Bradley and Ciriaco after allowing the Red Sox to put runners on second and third with nobody out. (Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked, followed by a Middlebrooks’ double.)
- Bradley was thrown out trying to score from third on an Ellsbury ground out in the ninth, but was ruled out after Bonifacio throw to Arencibia. Replays showed, however, that the baserunner beat the tag.
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