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.
NotesBoston 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.