Red Sox score seven in 11th to beat Jays

Boston Red Sox designated hitter Mike Napoli (right) is congratulated by shortstop Brock Holt after hitting a three-run home run in the 11th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto Tuesday night.
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter Mike Napoli (right) is congratulated by shortstop Brock Holt after hitting a three-run home run in the 11th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto Tuesday night.
Posted Aug. 27, 2014, at 12:45 a.m.

TORONTO — Dustin Pedroia singled in the two go-ahead runs, Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer and Allen Craig added a two-run shot in a seven-run 11th inning on Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 11-7.

Napoli, the Red Sox’s designated hitter, hit his 16th homer of the season into the fifth deck at Rogers Center against reliever Sergio Santos, the 17th time a homer has reached that level.

Craig, the Red Sox’s first baseman, hit his first Red Sox homer, and his eighth of the season, to drive in two more runs and bring in infielder Steve Tolleson to pitch for Toronto. He got the final two outs of the inning and then singled in the bottom of the 11th as the Blue Jays scored three runs on doubles by catcher Dioner Navarro and Danny Valencia against right-hander Heath Hembree.

The two Red Sox home runs in the 11th added to the lead provided by Pedroia, who singled through the drawn-in infield to score two runs and break the tie. The Red Sox second baseman also hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give him four RBIs as Boston (58-74) won its second game in a row after snapping an eight-game losing streak on Monday night.

Center fielder Mookie Betts led off the 11th with a single and catcher Christian Vazquez bunted. Reliever Casey Janssen (3-2) fielded the ball and threw to second and Betts was called out. But a challenge resulted in a safe call.

Janssen was charged with an error on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Brock Holt to load the bases for Pedroia.

It was the sixth extra-inning game in the past seven games at Rogers Centre.

Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa (3-3) pitched the bottom of the 10th to earn the decision.

The Blue Jays (66-66) had tied the game in the seventh on a solo home run by right fielder Jose Bautista.

Red Sox left fielder Yoenis Cespedes singled in a run in the seventh inning against reliever Dustin McGowan to snap a 3-3 tie. It scored Holt, who singled with one out and took second when Pedroia walked.

Bautista tied the game 4-4 when he led off the home seventh with his 25th homer of the season against reliever Alex Wilson. The homer snapped Bautista’s 0-for-17 slump at the plate.

Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey allowed three runs (one earned), all in the first inning. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings

Boston right-hander Rubby De La Rosa could not hold a 3-0 lead. He left after the Blue Jays tied the game with one run in the fifth. He allowed seven hits, two walks and three runs in 4 2 /3 innings and did not have a strikeout.

Pedroia’s seventh home run of the season, and his second in two games, put the Red Sox into a 2-0 lead in the first inning. It scored Holt, who led off the game by reaching first on a passed ball by catcher Josh Thole on a strikeout. The Red Sox added a run in the inning when Napoli singled, Craig walked and third baseman Will Middlebrooks doubled to center. Napoli scored but Craig was out at home.

The Blue Jays scored once in the third. Second baseman Munenori Kawasaki led off with a single and shortstop Jose Reyes doubled past first base. Left fielder Melky Cabrera grounded out to shortstop to plate Kawasaki.

Boston’s lead was cut to 3-2 in the fourth on a two-out, RBI single by Kawasaki after third baseman Juan Francisco and Thole walked.

The Blue Jays tied the game in the fifth. Cabrera led off with a single and designated hitter Adam Lind doubled. Cabrera scored from third when Lind was thrown out at third on a grounder to shortstop by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion. Left-hander Tommy Layne replaced De La Rosa.

NOTES: The Blue Jays recalled OF Kevin Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo and designated for assignment OF Nolan Reimold. Pillar batted .225 with two RBIs in 26 games with Toronto earlier this season and started in center field on Tuesday when CF Colby Rasmus (illness) was a late scratch. … Reimold was claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on July 6 and batted .212/.283/.404 with two homers and nine RBIs in 22 games with Toronto. … DH David Ortiz (bruised right foot) was out of the Red Sox lineup for the second game in a row after fouling a ball off his foot on Sunday and is listed as day-to-day. 1B Mike Napoli was Boston’s designated hitter for the second game in a row. … Red Sox RHP Joe Kelly (0-1, 4.09 ERA) will start the finale of the three-game series on Wednesday against Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (7-5, 4.11 ERA).

 

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