Romero, Blue Jays shut down Red Sox, 3-1


Romero, Blue Jays shut down Red Sox, 3-1

TORONTO -- For the second straight start this year, Jon Lester was brilliant. And for the second straight start, he was left with nothing to show for his effort.

Lester limited the Toronto Blue Jays to just three runs on three hits over eight innings, but that was two more runs than his teammates could manage off lefty Ricky Romero as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Red Sox, 3-1.

Romero went 8 13 innings and limited the Sox to just three hits. He walked the first two hitters he faced in the ninth and was lifted for Sergio Santos with the potential tying run in scoring position. But Santos, who blew up in the ninth in the series opener Monday, nailed down the win by getting the two final outs, striking out Kevin Youkilis and getting David Ortiz on a groundout.

Until the Jays tacked on a late run in the bottom of the eighth. Every run in the game came in the third inning. The Red Sox pieced together three singles in the top of the inning with Jacoby Ellsbury snapping a 2-for-21 skid by slicing a single to left, scoring Mike
Aviles from second.

But the Jays quickly countered in the bottom of the inning, using a single by Eric Thames, a wild pitch, a triple from Rajai Davis and a sacrifice fly from Yunel Escobar to score twice.

After Ellsbury's single, Romero, 1-0, retired the next 17 hitters in a row. Lester got on a similar roll, retiring the next 15 Toronto hitters before issuing a two-walk to Davis in
the bottom of the eighth.

Following a stolen base by Davis, Escobar singled to center and the Jays had themselves an insurance run.

Romero came into the game with a career ERA of 7.12 against the Red Sox.

The loss dropped the Red Sox to 1-5, marginally better than their 0-6 mark on the first road trip of last season.

In four of their five losses to date, the Red Sox have scored three runs or fewer and have managed more than four runs only once.

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

BOSTON -- There’s only so long that a team can hope to thrive, or even survive, in the NHL if they’re constantly chasing the game on the scoreboard, and chasing the puck after digging themselves a hole. The Bruins have been that team in the first couple of weeks during the regular season, and made it five times in five games that they’ve given up the game’s first goal in an eventual 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.

It’s a pattern that is long past getting old to Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who can’t seem to play the front-runner this season despite three comebacks that have allowed for a 3-2-0 record overall this season.

“I hope it’s not a habit. It’s certainly not what we’re looking for, but there’s no doubt. I think it’s pretty obvious that with the amount of games we’ve played, five games, we haven’t scored first,” said Julien. “We talked about that this morning, trying to get that first goal, and it hasn’t happened yet.”

The start to the game wasn’t really the problem on Saturday night as it’s been a couple of times this season. Instead the Bruins enjoyed a handful of quality scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes against the Habs, but couldn’t come through and finish off those plays when it might have meant an early lead.

Instead it lead to what Julien termed a “terrible” second period that was flat, full of mistakes and ended with the B’s trailing Montreal by a couple of goals. The Bruins scratched and clawed their way to making it a one-goal game in the third period, but that was as close as the Black and Gold would get in losing their ninth straight home game to the arch-rival Canadiens.

“It’s kind of been a story about how things are going for us this far, we’ve got to find a way to start playing with a lead. If you don’t capitalize on your chances, you see what happens when you come out [flat] in the second period,” said Torey Krug, who finished a game-worst minus-3 in the loss for the Bruins. “We had another poor second period and you know it’s kind of… you got to make sure that we put our hand on that and it doesn’t become a thing for the team this year. You see that when you don’t capitalize on chances early, that’s what’s going to happen.”

It’s been a positive development that the Bruins have shown the willingness and backbone to fight back into games after early deficits, and they showed that quality once again on Saturday night by scoring a couple of goals in the third period to keep things close. But the Bruins would be best served if they can start lighting the lamp a little earlier in these games, and see how the other half lives by playing with a comfortable lead every once in a while.