American League Game Summary - Boston at Toronto|
(Friday, June 1st)
Final Score: Boston 7, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Clay Buchholz went a season-high eight innings,
David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez both drove in a pair and the Red Sox defeated
the Blue Jays, 7-2, in the opener of a three-game series.
Buchholz (5-2) also reached a season-high in strikeouts, with seven, and gave
up just two runs -- on homers to Yunel Escobar and David Cooper. He yielded
six hits and walked a pair.
"It sort of came together tonight," said Buchholz. "I was able to get some
weak contact in some big situations."
Ortiz had a solo homer, Gonzalez went 3-for-5 and Daniel Nava hit three
doubles for Boston, which has won 15 of its last 21 games.
Henderson Alvarez (3-5) took the loss for Toronto, which was coming off a
three-game sweep of the Orioles. He allowed four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3
Ortiz's 13th homer of the season -- a towering leadoff blast which barely
cleared the wall in left-center field -- put the Red Sox on top in the second.
It was 2-0 an inning later when Nava ripped a two-out double and crossed the
plate on Gonzalez's single to left.
The Blue Jays' first hit came in the bottom half, when Escobar belted a two-
out homer to left-center. They placed runners at first and second in the fifth
inning but a Kelly Johnson strikeout and a 6-4-3 double play groundout by
Escobar promptly ended the threat.
The Red Sox loaded the bases in the sixth and only came away with one run
-- on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's fielder's choice groundout -- but scored four in
the seventh to put the game away.
Ryan Sweeney led off with a ground-rule double, moved to third on a groundout
and scored on Scott Podsednik's two-out single off of Luis Perez. Nava plated
Podsednik with a double before Gonzalez and Ortiz laced consecutive RBI
singles to make it 7-1.
Cooper hit his first homer of the season in the home half to cap the scoring.
"(Buchholz) was throwing the changeup really well tonight," said Cooper. "It
was really tough to pick up. He had a good heater too. It was running, it had
good life on it. He threw well."
Buchholz has won each of his last six road starts against the Blue Jays since
July 7, 2009. It is the longest-ever win streak in consecutive starts by a
visitor at Toronto...Ortiz has hit 30 homers in 95 career games at Rogers
Centre. It stands as his most home runs in any park other that Fenway.
06/02 02:16:41 ET