Four Real? Red Sox Dialed in at the Rogers Centre (VIDEO) 4/25/14
Jake Peavy went 7 innings for the win.
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Toronto, Canada- While Red Sox bats went quietly in Boston earlier in the week, they exploded early Friday night versus Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays. Coming into the game with an AL worst 24 runs scored in the first three innings of games, Boston scored five times in the second and third inning to take an early lead at the Rogers Centre. Jake Peavy pitched lights out against a powerful Jays squad, limiting them to one run in seven innings to preserve the win. Here are the four at bats that changed the game
1) Top of the second inning and Boston begins to wear down Mark Buehrle. The first batter of the inning, Mike Napoli, works the count full and then walks. Xander Bogaerts then doubles on the sixth pitch he sees. Napoli scores on a sacrifice fly, and Will Middlebrooks singles to center field to score Bogaerts. After a Jackie Bradley double, Dustin Pedroia singles to left to plate two. When the inning was done, Boston had four hits and were up 4-0.
3) Bottom of the sixth inning, and Jake Peavy is in a jam. He has men at the corners with only one out and the heart of the order coming up. He gets Jose Bautista looking on a 3-2 curveball and gets Edwin Encarnation swinging on a 2-2 cutter. Sox 7-1
4) Top of the ninth inning, and the Sox put the nail in the coffin. AJ Pierzynski doubles over Colby Rasmus's head for a double, and Jackie Bradley doubles down the line to plate Pierzynski. Both Red Sox players recorded their third hit of the night in the ninth, Bradley's third extra base hit and AJ's first. The run ends any chance of mounting a comeback for the Blue Jays, as the Sox take a 8-1 lead.
It's so funny what one night can do. Last night, Boston got crushed as the Yankees stomped all over them in Fenway. Tonight, however, was a different story, as all Red Sox batters recorded a hit, 16 in total, and New York sputtered in the Bronx. Baseball is a funny sport.
Not only did the hitting prosper, but the Sox arms weren't all that bad either. Three pitchers, Peavy, Chris Capuano and Andrew Miller, combined for 12 strikeouts and only gave up 6 hits all game. Peavy picked a great time to earn his first win as the Red Sox begin their short road trip.
Tomorrow, Toronto's Brandon Morrow faces the struggling Clay Buchholz in Toronto at 1:07pm.