BOSTON The Blue Jays got to John Lackey early, battering him for seven runs on nine hits in just 2 13 innings. It was Lackeys shortest outing since Oct. 1, 2009, an abbreviated stint in preparation for the postseason, while he was with the Angels.
The Blue Jays did most of their damage in the third inning, sending eight batters to the plate with four scoring. Lackey allowed consecutive hits to the first three batters of the inning before he could record an out. He gave up three straight singles to Eric Thames, Jose Bautista, and Adam Lind before getting Edwin Encarnacion to fly out. But Aaron Hill singled and Travis Snider doubled, ending Lackeys outing. Dan Wheeler entered and retired the first two batters he faced.
The Sox fought back with four runs in the fifth all with two outs. After Josh Reddick flied out to left and Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out, J.D. Drew singled to center, Marco Scutaro walked, and Jacoby Ellsbury tripled for two runs. Dustin Pedroia walked, with ball four a passed ball, scoring Ellsbury. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to score Pedroia, but Yamaico Navarro grounded out to second, ending the rally.
Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.
The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.
Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.
The full list of finalists is here. The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN
The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.
Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.
CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.
The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.
The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.
The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.
The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.