The Red Sox batted around the Blue Jays in a game that saw seven Toronto pitchers and a host of errors on the part of Toronto’s defence. In falling to the Red Sox in the manner they did the Blue Jays drop further out of first place and look less and less like a World Series contending team.
Marco Estrada didn’t make it out of the third inning. This is only the second time since joining the Blue Jays that he didn’t make it past the fourth. He ended up throwing 77 pitches, allowing four runs (three of which were earned) on six hits and three walks. Estrada did manage to strike out two; however, he was pulled after only 2.1 innings of work.
Aaron Loup, Danny Barnes and Brett Cecil all had solid innings of relief. Loup retired the one batter he saw in the third, ending the inning on a double play. Barnes went two innings and allowed only one run. Cecil had two strikeouts in the three batters he faced in the sixth.
Scott Feldman and Ryan Tepera didn’t fare as well in their bat-around inning of relief in the seventh inning where the Red Sox increased their lead by an additional six runs. Feldman gave up four of those runs with a solo homer to Xander Bogaerts and a three-run home run to Hanley Ramirez. Tepera relieved Feldman and gave up an additional two runs. Matt Dermody also had some difficulties to finish off the game going 1.2 innings. Dermody struck out two while allowing two runs on two hits as the Red Sox seemed to find every hole in the Jays’ defence.
There were also a lot of defensive holes to be found. Marvin Upton Jr. dropped the ball and misplayed it three times out in left field. Michael Saunders misplayed the ball two times in right field, too. Devon Travis was charged with an error at second base when he mishandled a ground ball. Dioner Navarro was charged with two official passed balls, and there were two more that got passed him that allowed runners to advance and eventually score.
Devon Travis was responsible for two of the three Blue Jays runs with his two-run single in the third inning. With three singles, Travis was the only bright spot on the Blue Jays’ offence.
Troy Tulowitzki managed two singles and Navarro singled in the sixth and reached on an error in the eighth which drove in the third Blue Jays run.
With this win, Rick Porcello of the Red Sox is the first pitcher in the Majors to reach 20 wins this year.
Toronto will try to stop the bleeding and keep the A.L East lead in sight when they send J.A. Happ (3.34 ERA) up to face Eduardo Rodriguez (4.83 ERA) at 1:05 on Saturday afternoon.