Lewis’ sacrifice fly lifts Blue Jays past Red Sox

Posted: 12/08/2010 in MLB

Lewis’ sac fly in ninth lifts Jays over BoSox

Toronto Blue Jays' Fred Lewis, top celebrates

Fred Lewis’  sacrifice fly capped a four-run rally  in the  bottom of the ninth  as Toronto shocked Boston, 6-5, to avoid a three-game sweep at Rogers Centre.

Red  Sox starter John Lackey cruised into the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead but was greeted by Jose Bautista’s league-leading 36th home run of the season. The hit  brought out  closer Jonathan  Papelbon (4-5),  who immediately  yielded a double to Vernon Wells. Wells was crossing home just as quickly on Adam Lind’s base hit back through the middle.

DeWayne Wise came on as a pinch-runner for Lind and swiped second before Aaron Hill  drilled  a pitch back  toward the mound. It  deflected and was caught up amongst  the  legs of Papelbon,  who couldn’t locate in  time as Wise moved to third and Hill took first.

Travis  Snider went  down swinging, but Edwin Encarnacion ripped a double into the  left-field corner  to score Wise with  the tying run and Hill advanced to third  with  one out. Lyle Overbay  was intentionally walked to load the bases and  create  a force at  any base  and Papelbon was  pulled in favor of Daniel Bard.  Lewis’ fly  ball was only to  shallow center but Jacoby Ellsbury had to back up on it initially and couldn’t get enough on the throw home.

Kevin  Gregg  (1-4) pitched a scoreless  the top of  the ninth to get the win, Toronto’s  sixth in  nine  games after  winning series’  from  fellow AL  East combatants Tampa Bay and New York.

Brad  Mills, making  his  third start  of  the season,  struck  out seven  but yielded  seven hits and  four runs in just 4 1/3 innings. He was chased in the fifth after David Ortiz and Jed Lowrie each homered in the inning.

Ortiz  drove in two  with two hits while Lowrie scored twice and walked twice. Victor Martinez added two hits and an RBI and Darnell McDonald provided an RBI triple  in the eighth to score Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who doubled twice in his first start with the Red Sox and only fourth game of the year.

Boston  had won three straight coming in and nine of 11 games against the Blue Jays this season.

Lackey  ended with a tough no-decision, charged with eight hits and three runs with  four strikeouts and  a walk. He had lost his last two starts and four of his past five decisions entering Thursday.

Boston  struck first in  the third on a sac fly from Martinez and Ortiz’s base hit  to score  Lowrie. Lind scored a  run on a double-play ball in the fourth, before the home run duo of Ortiz and Lowrie gave the Sox a 4-1 lead after five frames.

Bautista  hit into a  run-scoring double play in the sixth to get another back for  the  hosts, but  McDonald’s triple  to deep  right-center off Scott Downs preserved a three-run lead for Lackey heading to the ninth.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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