BOSTON – Left-hander Felix Doubront was not involved in the decision, as the Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays, 6-2, at Fenway Park Saturday afternoon. He went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts. He threw 103 pitches, 63 for strikes, as his ERA went from 4.33 to 4.22. Doubront recorded his eighth quality start in 14 starts this season, but was in line for the loss, leaving with a two-run deficit.
He has given up two or fewer earned runs in eight of his 14 starts this season, and has given up three or fewer earned runs in a career-high nine straight starts dating back to May 16, with a 2.89 ERA, allowing a total of 17 earned runs over 53 innings in that stretch. It is the longest string of starts allowing three or fewer earned runs by a Sox pitcher since Jon Lester had 9 such starts from June 7 – Aug. 5, 2011.
In all six home starts this season, he has given up three or fewer earned runs, the longest such streak to begin a season by a Sox lefty since Frank Viola’s first six home starts of 1993.
* The Sox went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, leaving eight runners on base. They struck out 10 times, and had two runners thrown out at the plate.
* Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 and is batting .560, going 14-for-25 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, six RBI, and two walks over a six-game hit streak, with multiple hits in five of those six games. He has reached safely in 41 of 43 games at Fenway this season, hitting .377 (60-for-159).
* Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5 to extend his hit streak to 10 games. In that stretch he is batting .400, going 18-for-45, with five doubles, seven RBI, and eight runs scored. This is Ellsbury’s third hit streak of at least 10 games this season. The only other major league player with three double-digit hit streaks this season is Miguel Cabrera, who has four.
* Shane Victorino went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. He has hit in all five games of the current homestand at 9-for-22 (.409) with four doubles and four RBI.
* Jonathan Diaz made his major league debut, starting at third base, batting ninth. He went 0-for-3, scoring the tying run in the seventh on Victorino's two-run single after reaching on a fielder’s choice.
* Jarrod Saltalamacchia entered the game with 34 strikeouts in June, third most in the majors this month, behind the Orioles Chris Davis and the Indians Mark Reynolds, tied with 39. He went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts.
* Mike Napoli went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
* Jose Bautista hit his 200th and 201st career home runs, the 17th and 18th of the season. He has 16 career homers at Fenway, all since 2008, his most at any ballpark as a visitor. He has at least one home run in each of the last five series at Fenway since July 4, 2011. He threw out a runner at home for the second consecutive game.