May 12, 2013

Red Sox bullpen can't spell relief

Ace Clay Buchholz remains undefeated, but Boston still loses another one to the Blue Jays.

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David Ross
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Boston’s David Ross celebrates after scoring the tying run in the eighth inning, but the good times ended in the ninth when the Blue Jays scored the winning run.

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Colby Rasmus, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista
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It’s a rare celebration for Toronto’s Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus, who whoop it up after the Blue Jays held on to beat the suddenly slumping Red Sox.

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WHO: Toronto Blue Jays (Jenkins 0-0) at Boston Red Sox (Dempster 2-3)

WHEN: 1:35 p.m.

WHERE: Fenway Park


The 35-year old left-hander retired 13 straight batters from the third through seventh innings, with Boston hitting just two balls out of the infield and striking out three times.

He needed just seven pitches in fifth and 12 in both the sixth and seventh.

Facing the Blue Jays for the first time since Morris' accusations that lasted into his next start, Buchholz breezed through a perfect first inning on eight pitches, throwing seven strikes and getting a strikeout.

But Toronto scored a run in both the third and fourth before Buchholz got into a groove, too.

The Blue Jays, who were two-hit over seven innings by Buchholz in that 8-0 loss to the Red Sox in Toronto, grabbed a 1-0 lead on Melky Cabrera's RBI single in the third.

In the fourth, Rasums' run-scoring single made it 2-0 after Lind singled leading off and advanced on Brett Lawrie's slow roller to third.

After the Blue Jays scored twice, Buchholz retired 11 of 12, walking one batter.

The Red Sox had two on and one out in the first and second, but Buehrle escaped both jams.

NOTES: The Blue Jays placed OF Rajai Davis on the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique muscle before the game and recalled RHP Chad Jenkins from Double-A New Hampshire. ... Hanrahan's recovery time is expected to be six to nine months. ... Heather Abbott, of Newport, R.I., who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Boston C Jarrod Saltalamacchia. ... Buchholz remains unbeaten at 6-0.


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