Recap - long balls help Sox survive

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

The Red Sox took advantage of the long ball and Brandon Workman's wildness, and survived uncharacteristically shaky outings by Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara to beat the Blue Jays 7-6 at the Rogers Centre.

Toronto took an early 3-0 off Boston starter Clay Buchholz on a lead-off walk, 3 singles and a wild pitch, giving the indication that it might be another short outing by the struggling right hander.

Buchholz settled down and ultimately pitched 7 strong innings allowing only 3 more hits and 2 walks in innings 2 through 7. He struck out 3 in earning his 1st win of the season.

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The Red Sox were helped by Toronto starter Brandon Morrow's wildness in the top of the 3rd inning when they scored 6 runs on only 2 hits. With 2 outs, Morrow walked 4 in a row to drive in the 1st Boston run. A.J. Pierzynski(pictured) followed with his 8th career grand slam, and Will Middlebrooks slammed a solo home run to give the Sox a 6-3 lead.

Back-to-back 1-out doubles by Mike Carp and Grady Sizemore in the top of the 5th pushed the lead to 7-3.

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