BOSTON - There weren't many opportunities for the Red Sox Tuesday night - a far too common occurrence.
But in the 5th inning, down 3-1 with two men on and two out, David Ortiz came to the plate looking to make some noise. Ortiz just had missed a home run in the 2nd inning, and was intentionally walked in the 3rd.
This time, though, he grounded into the infamous shift that has killed left-handed power hitters like himself all season.
That was the last time the Sox had a real threat going, as they lost to the Jays - their 7th loss in their last 8 games - 4-2.
Rubby De La Rosa (3-4) went 6.0 innings for Boston, allowing 3 runs - all earned - on 9 hits, 2 walks, and a strikeout. He threw 112 pitches, 66 for strikes.
Colby Rasmus got to De La Rosa first, hitting a solo shot to dead center field in the 2nd inning.
The Sox would tie things up at 1 in the 3rd inning as a Dustin Pedroia double would score Brock Holt from first base, but things didn't stay like that for long.
De La Rosa allowed the first two Rays batters to reach on singles in the top of the 4th. After Munenori Kawasaki sacrifice bunted them to second and third, respectively, De La Rosa got Ryan Goins swinging. He would not be so lucky against the next batter, Anthony Gose. Gose doubled to right field, scoring both Jays runners to take a 3-1 lead.
Toronto's Marcus Stroman pitched 7.0 innings giving up 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8.
His biggest out was the one to Ortiz in the 5th inning, when he started the at-bat at 93 pitches. Stroman was able to pitch two more innings after that, leaving the game with 115 pitches, 74 for strikes, and setting things up nicely for the Jays bullpen.
In the 8th inning with Aaron Sanchez on the mound for Toronto, Dustin Pedroia led things off with a grounder towards Reyes' right at shortstop. Reyes went deep into the the hole and made an impressive throw to first base that just beat Pedroia.
John Farrell challenged the call on the field, and 1:28 later it stood - Pedroia was out. Brett Cecil came on to finish the 8th inning before Casey Janssen closed things out in the 9th, allowing a solo home run to Xander Bogaerts in the process.
The Red Sox got two scoreless innings from Edward Mujica and Andrew Miller.
Junichi Tazawa allowed a run on two singles in the 9th. The first single was to Gose and the other to Reyes, which moved Gose to third base. Melky Cabrera grounded out to shortstop which scored Gose.
The Red Sox fell to 3-9 this season against the Jays, losing all five games in Boston.