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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 01:19

Boston Red Sox: Blue Jays Down Sox 4-2 Behind Stroman

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Marcus Stroman pitched six innings of no-hit ball last week against Boston and he was dominant again Tuesday, holding the Sox to one run over seven innings for his 7th victory of the campaign.

 

In a rematch of Thursday's pitching matchup, Toronto's Marcus Stroman wasn't quite as good on Tuesday and Rubby De La Rosa wasn't quite as bad, but the results were still the same: a Toronto victory. 

One night after bashing the Red Sox with a redemption 14-1 final, the Jays stifled Boston bats again in this 4-2 victory. 

Boston has now lost the last five games in a row against the Blue Jays in the past week. 

Early Runs For Each Team

Toronto got on the board in the second inning on a Colby Rasmus long ball to center field. This was not a welcome sight for De La Rosa, who gave up 6 runs on Thursday. 

After stranding two runners on in the second, Boston showed signs of life in the third. Brock Holt snapped out of an 0-for-14 skid with a single and two batters later, Dustin Pedroia drove him in with a line drive double off the Monster to tie the game at one. 

Just when the team gives fans something to cheer about, De La Rosa gave up back-to-back singles to Rasmus and Juan Francisco, who were both moved into scoring position on a Munenori Kawasaki sacrifice bunt. After a Ryan Goins strikeout, number 9 hitter Anthony Gose hit a 2-RBI double to give the Jays a 3-1 lead. They would take this lead all the way to the ninth inning. 

First Loss At Fenway For Rubby 

De La Rosa came into the game with a 3-0 record at home, but with the loss now stands at 3-4 overall with a 3.64 ERA. 

He really did not pitch a bad game. He worked out of some possible rough situations and only gave up the three runs. 

De La Rosa's Line: 6 innings, 9 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 112 pitches

Stroman Is A Keeper

Stroman picked up a career high in strikeouts tonight with 8, finally moving past his previous career high of 7 that he collected four different times. 

After the Sox scored their first run, Stroman scattered three hits in his next four innings to keep the BoSox at bay. 

Stroman's Line: 7 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts, 115 pitches 

Top Of Order Solid For Boston 

Boston picked up 7 hits tonight, 5 of those coming from the top three hitters in the order. Holt was 2-for-5, Daniel Nava was 1-for-4 and Pedroia was 2-for-4. 

The only other hits for Boston were both picked up by Xander Bogaerts. X got the Sox's first hit in the second inning to ensure that Stroman would not flirt with another no-hitter. Bogaerts second hit was a blast in the ninth inning into the Monster seats for his 8th homer of the year. This gave Boston two runs. After Toronto scored a run in the top of the ninth off Junichi Tazawa, Bogaerts' blast made the final score 4-2. 

Jon Lester Not Starting Wednesday

In his postgame press conference, manager John Farrell announced that Lester would not pitch his scheduled start on Wednesday and that Brandon Workman would be called up to replace him. A corresponding roster move will come tomorrow. 

This does not mean that Lester has been traded, with the trade deadline looming on Thursday at 4pm. Lester is still with the team currently, but with uncertainly surrounding the situation, he will not pitch tomorrow in the series finale against Toronto. 

Notes

Boston had their highest attendance of the year tonight with 38,275. Holt picked up two hits tonight, his first mult-hit game since 8 days ago.  Mike Napoli did not play due to finger swelling.  Mike Carp is 0-for-7 since asking for a trade. It probably did not do much for his trade value.  Boston falls to 48-59 on the season, 26-28 at home.  Game three is Wednesday night with Workman starting against Mark Buehrle (10-7). Buehrle has not won a game since June 1. He is 0-6 in his last 10 starts. 
Jess Thomas

Jess Thomas is the Red Sox Beat Team Manager and a member of the Boston Celtics beat team for CLNS Radio. Jess is a co-host on CLNS Radio's Red Sox Beat Podcast as well as a contributor to Celtics Postgame Shows.

Jess also currently writes for the Stow/Bolton Independents and The Item. 

Jess currently is an archiver/digitizer at the official home of Boston Celtics telecasts, Comcast Sports Net New England.

Previously, Jess was General Manager for Framingham State University's radio station, WJDM 91.3 FM, as well as sports editor for FSU's newspaper, the Gatepost.

Prior to joining CLNS Radio, Jess was an intern at CSNNE as well as WCVB.

Jess is a 2014 graduate of Framingham State University, with a degree in Communication Arts.

You can follow Jess on Twitter @CLNS_JessSayin