Toronto 7, Boston 5

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Friday, September 7, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Fenway Park
Temperature - 77°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Clint Fagan, Third Base - Chris Guccione,
Attendance - 37156

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Toronto 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 7 8 1
Boston 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 5 7 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 62-75 34-34 28-41 W2
Boston 63-76 32-39 31-37 L2


Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 5: Edwin Encarnacion belted his 38th homer and Henderson Alvarez tossed 6 1/3 solid innings to snap a five-game losing skid as visiting Toronto claimed the series opener between the struggling American League East rivals.

Moises Sierra and Colby Rasmus launched two-run homers and Rajai Davis made a brilliant catch just in front of the Green Monster in the seventh inning to start a double play. Yunel Escobar added an RBI single for the Blue Jays, who have won two in a row following a four-game slide to pull into a tie with the Red Sox in the division cellar.

After a 1-hour, 18-minute rain delay, Toronto wasted little time jumping on starter Felix Doubront (10-8). Encarnacion's sacrifice fly plated the returning Brett Lawrie to open the scoring in the first inning before doubling the advantage in the third by belting a low changeup just over the Green Monster. The blast put Encarnacion one behind Texas' Josh Hamilton for the major-league lead.

Sierra kept Doubront and the Red Sox reeling after launching his fourth homer off the light stanchion over the Green Monster in left-center field.

Alvarez (8-12) ended his losing skid after yielding two runs on four hits. Three relievers were able to keep Boston at bay to preserve the victory.

Mauro Gomez celebrated his 28th birthday by homering and driving in three runs. Dustin Pedroia also went deep for the Red Sox, who have dropped nine of their last 10.

Doubront suffered his fourth straight loss after permitting five runs on six hits in four innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Toronto LHP J.A. Happ will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured right foot. Happ, who was slated to start Saturday's contest, had an MRI exam and a CAT scan that showed the fracture after X-rays were negative. Aaron Laffey is expected to draw the start on Saturday. ... Doubront has allowed at least one homer in four consecutive starts. ... Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia (hand) and Lawrie (ribs) returned from the disabled list. ... Rasmus led off the fifth inning with his fifth triple of the season. ... Reliever Daniel Bard has allowed nine homers in 14 games with the Red Sox.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Toronto   Boston
Henderson Alvarez Player Felix Doubront
Win W/L Loss
6.1 IP 4.0
1 Strikeouts 4
4 Hits 6
2.84 ERA 11.25
Toronto   Boston
Yunel Escobar Player Mauro Gomez
2 Hits 2
1 RBI 3
0 HR 1
2 TB 5
.500 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Toronto 8 3 20 .235 10 11 7 4 2 1
Boston 7 2 14 .212 13 3 5 4 2 1

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .469 after a win and .440 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .548 after a win and .373 after a loss.
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