Bullpen blows Wakefield's 200th, Sox lose 11-10

Bullpen blows Wakefield's 200th, Sox lose 11-10

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

TORONTO -- Tim Wakefield has to be wondering if he'll ever get to 200 career victories -- and who can blame him?

Wakefield pitched five innings last night and held a three-run lead when he departed after 95 pitches, but the Boston bullpen imploded, allowing a run in the seventh and five more in the eighth, handing the Toronto Blue Jays an 11-10 win.

Daniel Bard was the main culprit. He filled the bases on a hit batsman, single and walk with no out before recording two stirkeouts. But Bard then issued back-to-back bases loaded walks and Matt Albers' second-half struggles continued when he came in and yielded a three-run double to Edwin Encarnacion.

Adrian Gonzalez led off the top of the ninth with a solo homer and Marco Scutaro singled home David Ortiz to pull the Sox to within a run, but but pinch-runner Mike Aviles was thrown out trying to steal second for the final out and the Sox fell a run short..

It was Wakefield's seventh straight unsuccessful try at becoming the 89th pitcher in modern history to reach 200 victories. His last win came July 24. He's 0-3 with four no-decisions.

Trailing 5-3 in the fourth, the Red Sox offense exploded for four runs with a run-scoring double from Josh Reddick and a three-run homer from Jacoby Ellsbury, his 25th homer of the year.

Ellsbury had a four hit night -- the homer, a double and two singles.

The Sox added another in the fifth on a mammoth homer from David Ortiz which landed in the second deck in right. Wakefield got staked to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but he had squandered that by the bottom of the second as the Jays nicked him for a run in the first and two more the following inning.

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Report: Red Sox eye ex-Oriole Pedro Alvarez for DH slot

Report: Red Sox eye ex-Oriole Pedro Alvarez for DH slot

The Red Sox have more or less withdrawn from the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, with Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald noting that much of their reluctance hinges on the likelihood that they’d exceed the new $195 million luxury tax threshold by locking the DH into a lucrative deal. That doesn’t leave them without options, however, and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the club could be interested in 29-year-old corner infielder Pedro Alvarez, as well as fellow free agents Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday.

After playing just 10 games at DH from 2010 to 2015, Alvarez suited up as the Orioles’ primary designated hitter and part-time third baseman in 2016. His defense is sub-par, to say the least, but he batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 home runs for Baltimore in 2016.

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