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Sox blow lead in ninth, beat Blue Jays in 10th
Boston's Yoenis Cespedes hits an RBI single in the 10th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Monday night. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Boston was on the verge of snapping its skid before blowing a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning. A two-run double by designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion against Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (6-4) capped Toronto’s three-run rally.
Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz held the Blue Jays (66-65) to four hits, two walks and three runs while striking out four in 8 1/3 innings.
Uehara took over and retired first baseman Adam Lind on a fielder’s choice grounder that forced Bautista at second and brought home a run. Infielder Steve Tolleson ran for Lind.
The Red Sox (57-74) regained the lead in the top of the 10th on a single by left fielder Cespedes against right-hander Aaron Sanchez (2-1). The hit scored shortstop Brock Holt, who reached on an infield single with one out and stole second and third with two outs.
Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ allowed five hits and three runs while striking out eight in six innings in the opener of a three-game series. Right-hander Todd Redmond took over for Happ in the seventh and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings.