Sox power through Jays, 6-4


Sox power through Jays, 6-4

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON With two outs in the fourth and trailing by a run, the Red Sox sent seven batters to the plate, with four scoring. The uprising gave Tim Wakefield enough of an edge to earn the win, the 198th of his career, as the Sox beat the Blue Jays, 6-4, in the series finale at Fenway Park.

Jacoby Ellsburys lead-off homer, his third of the season and sixth of his career, tied the score in the first inning, after the Jays got out to a quick 1-0 lead. It was the 10th homer of the season for Ellsbury, a new single-season career high. Kevin Youkilis led off the second with a homer, his 12th of the season, to give the Sox a one-run lead.

The Jays came back with two runs in the third to take the lead. But a four-run outburst gave the Sox all the scoring they would need.

Wakefield went seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches, 77 for strikes. His record improves to 5-3 with a 4.74 ERA.

Jays left-hander Ricky Romero took the loss, falling to 7-8 with a 3.09 ERA. He went 4 13 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Jonathan Papelbon earned his 19th save, with three strikeouts in the ninth, despite allowing a two-out run and hitting a batter.

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'


Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.