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Red Sox walk away with win against the Blue Jays

A.J. Pierzynski celebrates his third inning grand slam.
A.J. Pierzynski celebrates his third inning grand slam.
Photo by Tom Szczerbowski

Toronto Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow couldn't find the strike zone on Saturday and the Boston Red Sox took advantage and came away with a 7-6 win. Morrow didn't allow a hit in his 2 2/3 innings pitched, but the problem was he allowed eight walks. 39 of Morrow's 65 pitches were balls.

The big offensive blows came in the third inning when Morrow was pulled from the game after walking four straight hitters after recording the first two outs of the inning. Reliever Chad Jenkins gave up a grand slam to A.J. Pierzynski and a solo shot to Will Middlebrooks to give the Red Sox a 6-3 lead.

Things got a bit hairy for Boston in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Blue Jays cut the lead to just two runs and had men on first and second, but Koji Uehara came into the game to squelch to rally. Uehara got into a bit of trouble in the ninth, but was able to close out a one run win.

This game is a perfect example of how damaging giving up walks can be to a team. The Blue Jays had eight more hits than the Red Sox and still they came up on the short end of the stick.

The Red Sox will look for the series sweep on Sunday. Jon Lester will face off against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in the finale.