BOSTON — Toronto Blue Jays rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman picked up where he left off in his last outing — handcuffing the Boston Red Sox.
It was a rematch of his last outing, opposed by Boston right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, with the same outcome, a Blue Jays win, this time by the score of 4-2 at Fenway Park. Stroman was only slightly more generous in this outing than he was the last time he faced the Red Sox, on July 24 in Toronto when he went seven scoreless innings, giving up one hit.
Stroman earned the win, improving to 7-2 (3.03 ERA). He went seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.
De La Rosa went six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, including a home run, and two walks with one strikeout. He took the loss, falling to 3-4 (3.64). It was his first loss at Fenway, where he had been 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA.
Boston right-hander Junichi Tazawa gave up a run in the ninth. With one out, center fielder Anthony Gose singled, and a perfectly executed hit-and-run with shortstop Jose Reyes put runners on the corners. Left fielder Melky Cabrera’s infield groundout scored the run, putting the Blue Jays up 4-1.
The Red Sox got a run back in the ninth when third baseman Xander Bogaerts led off with a home run off right-hander Casey Janssen, who then retired the next three Boston batters to earn his 17th save.
The Blue Jays went ahead 3-1 in the fourth. First baseman Juan Francisco and designated hitter Colby Rasmus opened the inning with consecutive singles, advanced on third baseman Munenori Kawasaki’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Gose’s two-out double.
Rasmus opened the scoring with a solo home run, his 14th of the season, to straightaway center field in the second inning off De La Rosa.
The Red Sox tied the score in the third when second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s two-out double off Stroman scored right fielder Brock Holt, who singled.
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Notes: INF Danny Valencia, whom the Blue Jays acquired Monday in a trade with the Kansas City Royals, joined the team Tuesday. Toronto optioned LHP Rob Rasmussen to Triple-A Buffalo to make room on the roster for Valencia. ... Boston LHP Jon Lester is scheduled to start today against the Blue Jays, but he is the subject of much trade speculation. Manager John Farrell said if Lester is still with the team today, the veteran would make his scheduled start. If not, RHP Brandon Workman would be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to pitch. LHP Mark Buehrle will start for the Blue Jays. ... Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli was not in the starting lineup. Farrell said it was an off day for Napoli, who is dealing with swelling in his left ring finger. Napoli fractured the finger earlier this season, missing 14 games