Napoli HR wasted as Sox lose to Jays 4-3 in 10

Napoli HR wasted as Sox lose to Jays 4-3 in 10
August 14, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Edwin Encarnacion gives Brett Lawrie a hand after Lawrie's single in the 10th beat the Red Sox.

(USA Today Sports)

TORONTO -- This time, the late-inning heroics weren't enough.

Brett Lawrie singled off the glove of a diving Stephen Drew, driving home Rajai Davis in the bottom of the 10th inning, sending the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.

The Sox staged some heroics of their own just two innings earlier. Down to their final out in the top of the ninth and seemingly headed
for a flat loss, Mike Napoli, with just three hits in his previous 31 at-bats, belted a two-out, two-run game-tying homer to right off Toronto reliever Brett Cecil.

Ultimately, however, Napoli's unlikely homer -- which ended a string of 16 straight at-bats without a hit -- was wasted.

The Sox had done little offensively in the first eight innings, collecting just six hits and one run.

Until Napoli struck, their only run came in the sixth when David Ortiz hit a solo homer to right, marking his 32nd career homer at Rogers
Centre. That's the most homers for Ortiz in any road ballpark.

Starter Jon Lester didn't pitch poorly, allowing two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. But Lester committed two errors, including one that led to a run for the Blue Jays in the third.

Rajai Davis hit a comebacker to the mound, which Lester juggled. He then bounced a throw past Mike Napoli. The ball rolled into right and
the speedy David took second and headed for third. Shane Victorino fired to Will Middlebrooks, but the ball struck Davis and rolled past the home dugout, allowing Davis, incredibly, to score.

Later, left fielder Jonny Gomes allowed a ball to drop in on the warning track in left, enabling J.P. Arencibia to reach on a double and Edwin Encarnacion to score from third.

STAR OF THE GAME: Rajai Davis
Davis always seems to make things happen against the Red Sox and Wednesday night was no exception. He had three hits --
including two doubles -- and scored two runs, including the winner in the bottom of the 10th.

HONORABLE MENTION: Esmil Rogers
Filling in for the injured Josh Johnson, Rogers tossed six innings and limited the Red Sox to a run while striking out six. It was
his sixth quality start of the season.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Jon Lester
Lester didn't pitch badly -- allowing two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings -- but his defense was atrocious. He threw a ball away in the
third leading to the first run for Toronto and later committed a  second error before being lifted in the seventh.
   
TURNING POINT: In the top of the 10th, the Sox put the potential go-ahead run on base to lead off the inning after an error by Brett Lawrie,
but couldn't deliver Dustin Pedroia to break the tie. The game then got away in the bottom of the 10th.
    
BY THE NUMBERS: David Ortiz's homer was his 32nd career homer at Rogers Centre, placing him second behind Alex Rodriguez (34) for most by active visiting players.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "Obviously, we would have liked to have won the game, but it felt good to come through like that.'' --Mike Napoli on his tying, two-out, two-run homer in the ninth.