Sox waste plenty of chances, fall 2-1 to Jays

Sox waste plenty of chances, fall 2-1 to Jays
August 15, 2013, 10:00 pm
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TORONTO -- Inning after inning Thursday night, the Red Sox failed to take advantage of scoring chances and left runners on in every inning but the fifth and ninth.

Not surprisingly, that eventually caught up with them.

The one run the Sox scored wasn't enough when the Toronto Blue Jays pieced together three straight hits and a sacrifice fly and scored twice in the seventh to take a 2-1 win from the Red Sox.

The loss left the Red Sox with a series loss and a losing road trip (4-6). Boston has lost four of its last five, and for the first time since May, lost consecutive series.

Jake Peavy, making his third start since being traded to the Sox, was brilliant the first six innings, allowing just two runners in that span.

Still, after third baseman Will Middlebrooks was handcuffed by a hot smash from Jose Bautista to open the seventh and Peavy then yielded two singles, the Jays tied the score at 1-1. Reliever Craig Breslow then gave up a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa for the go-ahead run.

The Sox stranded 12 runners on the night. They left them loaded in the second and failed to take advantage of a first-and-third, no-out
situation in the sixth. In four of their first eight innings, tney left multiple runners.

The Sox were just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position; for the series, they were 6-for-34.

STAR OF THE GAME: Mark Buehrle
Buehrle, as is his habit at times, gave up plenty of hits, but knew when to bear down. He limited the Red Sox to two hits in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position, allowing just one run in seven innings.

HONORABLE MENTION: Daniel Nava
Getting a chance to start at first over Mike Napoli, Nava collected three hits -- two of them doubles -- and also scored the lone Red Sox run.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Shane Victorino
Victorino was hitless in five at-bats, and came to symbolize the team's troubles with men on base, leaving the bases loaded in the second before stranding runners at the corners in the fourth.

TURNING POINT: In the sixth, with a chance to add to their lead, the Red Sox had runners at first and third, but couldn't produce a run.
An inning later, their 1-0 lead had disappeared.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox were just 6-for-34 with runners in scoring position for the series.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "I've got to make that one run stand up. Sometimes, that's got to be good enough.'' -- Jake Peavy.