TORONTO — The Boston Red Sox can see the end of a difficult 10-game road trip looming.
And they have given themselves a chance to make it a profitable trip, despite losing three of four to the surging Royals in Kansas City on the weekend.
The Red Sox put themselves at 4-4 for the trip on Tuesday night when Shane Victorino hit a two-run single with two outs in the 11th inning in a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
“Much like we’ve seen of late here, if we get down early we continue to grind, continue to be relentless at the plate, provide or build opportunities,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
The Blue Jays forced extra innings when J.P. Arencibia tied the game at 2 with an eighth-inning home run against right-hander Junichi Tazawa.
“It felt good, but not good enough,” Arencibia said. “Not enough to win the game.”
The Blue Jays have lost three in a row.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked off Aaron Loup (4-5) in the 11th, and Will Middlebrooks singled to left. Jacoby Ellsbury’s grounder to short forced Middlebrooks at second. Ellsbury stole second, and Victorino grounded a singled up the middle to score two runs.
“He’s a huge piece to why we’re playing good baseball,” Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “He impacts the game with his name in the lineup. He’s a winning player and a big reason why our team has been successful this year.”
Koji Uehara (3-0) who came in with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, also closed out the game in the bottom of the 11th.
“We’ve had some good pitching these last few days but our offense has just dried up,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Redmond, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo for the game, was making his ninth appearance and sixth start of the season for Toronto.
“The first thing is he’s a great competitor, he’s getting an opportunity here and he’s taking advantage of it,” Gibbons said. “He’s got that sneaky fastball. A nice little breaking ball that he throws over and he can throw over when he’s behind in the count. He’s got a swing-and-miss pitch with that fast ball.
“He did a good job. He hadn’t pitched for, I don’t know, 10 days. He was a little bit tender after that start in Anaheim (Aug. 2) and we guarded him a little bit tonight.”
“Fantastic,” Arencibia said. “We had a good game plan. He executed it and when you do that you give yourself a chance.”
Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster allowed one run in seven innings.
“I felt like I was able to make pitches when I was behind in the count, which is huge,” Dempster said. “I had a real good split tonight, that’s probably what kept them off balance more than anything.
“It was a big win for us to go out there and pull that one out.”
Jose Reyes was thrown out at home without a slide to end the Blue Jays’ sixth after a single to right by Edwin Encarnacion. Victorino’s throw arrived home well before Reyes.
“To me, defensively, he might be the best right fielder in baseball right now, just because of his range and his ability to throw,” Farrell said. “He’s an intuitive player, he’s instinctual. He finds a way to make something happen based on the game situation that’s in front of him.”
Right-hander Sergio Santos entered with one out in the seventh and quickly allowed a run on a double by Middlebrooks and a single by Ellsbury. Ellsbury stole second, reached third on groundout by Victorino and scored on Pedroia’s single for a 2-1 Boston lead.
Arencibia, who singled home Toronto’s first run of the game, tied the game in the eighth when he greeted Tazawa with his 18th homer of the season on a 3-1 pitch.
The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a two-out single by Arencibia. Lawrie doubled to right with one out and took third on fly out to right by Maicer Izturis.
The hit snapped Arencibia’s career-long 0-for-23 drought.
“I’ve just been trying to get ready early,” he said. “I’ve been late a lot lately so I’m been working on getting ready early and giving myself a good chance of being in a good position to hit the ball.”
NOTES: The Blue Jays put RHP Josh Johnson (right forearm strain) on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. He had been scheduled to start Wednesday against Boston. RHP Thad Weber was recalled from Buffalo. … Boston SS Stephen Drew was 0-for-5 to snap a 12-game hit streak. ….Reyes was 0-for-4 to end a 10-game hit streak. …Boston C David Ross (concussion) played two rehab games for Double-A Portland before going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. … Blue Jays CF Colby Rasmus (oblique) missed his second game in a row. … RHP Esmil Rogers (3-7, 5.12 ERA) will get the start on Wednesday for Toronto. He opposes LHP Jon Lester (10-7, 4.37 ERA) who will make his fifth start of the season against the Blue Jays. He is 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in his first four starts against them. … The game drew a crowd of 32,816 at Rogers Centre.