Red Sox postgame notes: July 22, 2012

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Red Sox postgame notes: July 22, 2012

The Sox were swept in a series of at least three games with the Jays for the first time since Sept. 28-30, 2009. The Sox now trail the season series, 5-7.

Junichi Tazawa pitched three scoreless innings giving up two hits with five strikeouts. It was the most strikeouts hes recorded in a relief appearance, and second-most after recording six in a start on Aug. 11, 2009 against the Tigers. He had three strikeouts, with a single in the seventh, the first time in his career hes recorded three strikeouts in an inning. He has allowed two earned runs in nine innings, for a 2.00 ERA, in five relief appearances since being called up July 15.

Adrian Gonzalez has hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games, at a .391 rate (43-for-110). Since the All-Star break he is hitting .438 (14-for-32), raising his season average to .296.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to straightaway center field leading off the fifth.

Ryan Sweeney snapped an 0-for-15 slide with a double when right fielder Rajai Davis lost the ball in the sun.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. In his last 11 games since July 6, he has 21 strikeouts in 38 at-bats. He has at least one strikeout in each of those games. He has just four hits, including two three-run home runs, in that span. His average has dropped from .250 to .228 in that time.

Left-hander Rich Hill, on the 60-day DL since June 9 with a left elbow strain, threw from 90 feet today and is expected to throw from 120 feet on Monday in Texas. If all goes well, he could throw from a mound on Saturday.

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