Blown leads have led the Boston Red Sox to their current lengthy losing streak. Following a very unsuccessful and disappointing home stand, the Red Sox hit the road to begin a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night. After blowing another lead, the Sox were able to scratch out a win in 10 innings. Yoenis Cespedes singled home the go-head run as the Sox were able to hold off the Blue Jays 4-3.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz pitched one of his best games of the season. He pretty much dominated the Blue Jays lineup through eight innings. He only allowed two singles holding a 3-0 lead, but got into trouble in the ninth. After delivering back-to-back hits to Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera, a walk surrendered to Jose Bautista loaded the bases. Koji Uehara then came in and got Adam Lind to ground into a fielder’s choice, scoring Reyes to cut the lead to 3-1. Edwin Encarnacion followed by delivering a two-run double over the head of Cespedes to tie the game at 3-3.
Despite allowing the tying runs to score, Uehara (6-4) was able to hold the Blue Jays at bay the rest of the inning. The Sox were able to scratch home the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th. Block Holt hit a one-out single off Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez (2-1) and then stole second as Dustin Pedroia struck out at the plate. With two outs, Holt stole third and scored on the single by Cespedes. It was the kind of clutch hitting the Red Sox have been lacking during this current skid. Craig Breslow finished the game with his first save.
Red Sox manager John Farrell praised the production from Cespedes since he came over in the deal with the Oakland A’s. He said after the game, “Cespy has been so good since coming over to us. Whether it’s been with a base hit or a long ball, he’s been big for us late in games.”
The Red Sox offense was without David Ortiz and Xander Bogaerts, but managed to score runs on a homerun by Mookie Betts and a two-run shot from Dustin Pedroia. Both homeruns came off Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. It was the Red Sox first win overall since August 16.