TORONTO -- The .500 mark remains elusive for the Red Sox.
For the third time this season, the Red Sox had a chance to even their won-loss record, and for the third time, they failed, dropping a 7-6 extra-inning decision to the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a five-game road trip.
Twice, the Blue Jays had the lead and three the Red Sox roared back to tie the game.
But in the bottom of the 10th, Rajai Davis singled, then stole second and third and rode home on David Cooper's long sacrifice fly to center off Matt Albers.
The Sox looked headed to defeat earlier when Cooper homered off Daniel Bard in the eighth. But Adrian Gonzalez answered with a solo homer of his own in the top of the ninth. It was Gonzalez's second homer of the night and fifth in his last 10 games.
Jon Lester turned in his worst start since Opening Day, allowing three runs in the first thanks to three walks -- one with the bases loaded.
The Sox used run-scoring singles by Carl Crawford and a solo homer by David Ortiz to get back into the game.
They took the lead for the first time on a two-run, opposite-field homer by Adrian Gonzalez -- his fourth homer in the last eight games -- to go up 4-3, in the fifth.
After the Jays took the lead once more with single runs in the sixth and seventh, the Sox responded with an RBI-single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth to forge a 5-5 tie.
Jacoby Ellsbury (three hits) extended his hitting streak to 19 games and David Ortiz had a single, double and homer.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while looking to avoid any and all updates on Kanye West. I’ve officially maxed out on my Kanye updates for the next four or five years.
*Jimmy Vesey left a trail of broken hearts and hard feelings across the NHL this summer, but he’s happy in New York with the Rangers.
*There is still a pathway for the NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, says FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chris Johnston, but I’m pretty skeptical about it and have been for a few years now. I just don’t see it happening in South Korea.
*The New York Islanders are reportedly looking for a big name executive to take over their entire hockey operation.
*Speaking of the Islanders, Alain Vigneault is using them as an example of parity in the NHL to motivate the Rangers.
*A big blow for the Detroit Red Wings as they’ve lost gritty forward Justin Abdelkader for the next few weeks.
*Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion is looking to add depth to their roster as the Sens appear in it to at least get a playoff spot this year. That is bad news for anybody that likes to watch, you know, entertaining hockey and stuff.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford says that the Colorado Avalanche core group has come under heavy scrutiny as they’re struggling again this season.
*For something completely different: Saving the bees is a year-round job that everybody should be interested in based on their impact across the world.
The Bruins have added another injury to their current collection of banged-up players.
This time it’s scrappy left winger Matt Beleskey, who was knocked out of Saturday’s game in Buffalo in the first period with a check thrown at his lower body. Beleskey was hit with a body check targeting his right leg at center ice from Buffalo forward Tyler Fedun, and skated gingerly to the bench before eventually heading back to the dressing room.
There was no penalty called on a borderline hit that seemed to be targeting Beleskey’s leg. The Bruins announced in the middle of the second period that he was done for the day with a lower body injury. Beleskey finished the day with three registered hits and was 1-for-2 in the faceoff circle with six shifts for 5:27 of ice time in the second period.
The 28-year-old Beleskey had managed to stay pretty healthy this season to this point, but was underachieving a bit offensively with two goals and five points along with a minus-6 rating in 23 games this season.