Sox blow lead in ninth, beat Blue Jays in 10thBy LARRY MILLSON
The Sports Xchange
August 25. 2014 11:08PM
TORONTO — Yoenis Cespedes singled with two outs in the 10th inning to score the go-ahead run as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3, to snap an eight-game losing streak.
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.
The Red Sox built a 3-0 lead in the fourth on a solo home run by center fielder Mookie Betts and a two-run homer by second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
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.
The Blue Jays’ ninth-inning rally started on one-out singles by shortstop Jose Reyes and left fielder Melky Cabrera. Right fielder Jose Bautista walked to load the bases.
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.
Encarnacion tied the game with a double off the left field wall. Catcher Dioner Navarro flied out to left to end the inning.
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.
Left-hander Craig Breslow pitched the bottom of the 10th for his first save of the season despite allowing a walk.
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.
The Blue Jays have lost three of their first four games to open a nine-game home stand that followed a 2-6 road trip.
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Notes: Boston DH David Ortiz (bruised right foot) sat out Monday. He fouled a ball off his foot Sunday, eventually forcing him from the game. He is listed a day-to-day. ... Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said RHP Casey Janssen, who has an ERA of 6.59 since the All-Star break, was not available Monday after pitching the two previous days. Gibbons said he had no plans to adjust the closer’s role. ... Red Sox RHP Joe Kelly was declared fit to start Wednesday at Toronto after a bullpen session Sunday. He tweaked his right shoulder in his Friday start. ... Boston RHP Rubby De La Rosa (4-5, 3.69 ERA) will start the middle game of the series tonight against Toronto RHP R.A. Dickey (10-12, 4.08 ERA).