By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- For the first five months of the seaosn, Daniel Bard was the Red Sox' most effective and dominant Red Sox reliever.
Since the beginning of September, however, Bard has struggled mightily. Inheriting a 4-2 lead, Bard gave up three runs, turning what looked to be a victory into a dispiriting 5-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Over his last three outings, all losses, Bard has thrown 2 13 innings and allowed six runs on four hits while walking five.
The Sox had scratched together three runs in the first three innings on two groundouts and a sacrifice fly before Adrian Gonzalez homered to right for his 26th of the season, giving the Sox their two-run cushion.
Franklin Morales pitched out of a jam in the sixth before Alfredo Aceves gave the Sox a scoreless seventh.
John Lackey, who survived a rocky first in which the Jays scored twice, was in line for his 13th win before Bard imploded.