Lind’s ninth-inning homer leads Blue Jays over Red Sox, 3-2

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman  Adam Lind (26) is congratulated by center fielder Colby Rasmus (28) after hitting a home run during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
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Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind (26) is congratulated by center fielder Colby Rasmus (28) after hitting a home run during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Posted May 11, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.

BOSTON — Adam Lind’s lead-off home run in the ninth inning gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday at Fenway Park.

With the game tied after eight innings, Lind led off the ninth by greeting Junichi Tazawa, who had just entered the game, with his second home run of the season to straightaway center field.

Neither starter was involved in the decision.

Mark Buehrle of Toronto went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Clay Buchholz of Boston pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

The Blue Jays got a run in the third when Colby Rasmus led off with a double, took second on Munenori Kawasaki’s groundout, and scored on Melky Cabrera’s two-out single.

Toronto added a run in the fourth when Adam Lind led off with single, went to second on Brett Lawrie’s groundout and scored on Rasmus’ single that made it 2-0.

After a two-out single by David Ortiz in the third inning, Buehrle retired the next 13 Red Sox batters before issuing a lead-off walk to David Ross in the eighth, ending Buehrle’s outing.

Darren Oliver entered and allowed a run-scoring triple to Jacoby Ellsbury. With one out, shortstop Kawasaki’s error on Dustin Pedroia’s grounder allowed Ellsbury to score, tying the game.

Oliver (2-1) earned the victory and Casey Janssen earned his 10th save with a scoreless ninth.

Tazawa took the loss, falling to 2-2.

NOTES: OF Rajai Davis of Toronto, who left Friday’s game in the sixth inning because of a left oblique strain, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. … RHP Brandon Morrow of the Blue Jays was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday because of lingering soreness in his upper back and neck. He is tentatively scheduled to start Wednesday against the Giants. … RHP Chad Jenkins was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday morning to make his season debut for the Blue Jays with a start on Sunday in Boston. Jenkins has made only one minor league appearance this season, going five innings in a May 6 start, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout. He began the season on the disabled list because of right shoulder injury before being activated for the start. … Switch-hitting SS Maicer Izturis, whose fifth-inning double Friday night against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester accounted for the Blue Jays’ only base runner of the game, was not in the starting lineup Saturday to face right-hander Clay Buchholz. … RHP Joel Hanrahan of Boston said Saturday morning he has opted for surgery to repair the torn flexor tendon muscle in his elbow. This will end his season. Doctors won’t know if he will also need Tommy John surgery, which would require a longer rehab process than the six-to-nine months required after flexor tendon surgery, until they operate on the elbow and get a better look at the joint. … RHP Andrew Bailey of the Red Sox, who has been on the disabled list since April 29, was scheduled to for long toss Saturday, throwing from about 150 feet. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but there is no timetable yet. Bailey would need to pitch from a mound before the Red Sox could consider a return, and that is not expected to happen before early next week…

 

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