Red Sox drop series finale with Blue Jays, 4-3

Red Sox drop series finale with Blue Jays, 4-3
September 9, 2012, 8:51 pm
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BOSTON The Red Sox halted several disappointing trends Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. But, it was not enough as they couldnt stop their most disturbing one: losing. They fell 4-3, in the series finale.

It was the Sox fourth straight loss and third time being swept in their last four series. They have lost 11 times in their last 12 games, and 27 of their last 37 since Aug. 1.

Clay Buchholz pitched admirably but took the loss. His record fell to 11-6 with a 4.46 ERA. He went 8 23 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks (one intentional) with four strikeouts. He threw 121 pitches, 82 strikes.

Buchholz, in pitching nearly a complete game, disrupted at least one concerning trend: In the previous 11 games Red Sox starting pitchers had averaged just over 4 23 innings. But Buccholzs effort wasnt enough to prevent yet another loss.

With the score tied in the ninth inning and runners on first and thread, Buchholz faced Omar Vizquel in what is very likely the last at-bat at Fenway for Vizquel who is retiring after the season. Vizquel, who entered the game with just three RBI this season, recorded his fourth earlier in the game. His sacrifice fly to left field in the ninth off Buchholz gave the Jays the 4-3 lead.

The Sox, who out-hit the Jays, scored their runs on home runs by Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia. Ellsburys two-run homer in the second was just the third time the Sox have scored first in a game in their last 14 games.

For Ellsbury, batting in the sixth spot for the first time since 2009, it was his third home run of the season and first since Aug. 27. Cody Ross, who walked, scored on the blast.

The Jays took the lead in the fourth. After striking out Adam Lind to open the inning, Buchholz gave up consecutive singles to Rajai Davis, Anthony Gose, and Jeff Mathis for one run. Omar Vizqeuls sacrifice fly drove in the second run. The Jays went ahead when Adeiny Hechavarria singled to left before being thrown out at second to end the inning.

The Sox tied the game when Dustin Pedroia led off the sixth with a solo home run into the back row of Monster seats in left field. It was his 14th home run of the season.

Carlos Villanueva started for the Jays, going six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, including two home runs, and two walks with two strikeouts.

Brandon Lyon earned the win for the Jays, while Casey Janssen got the save.