BOSTON – There was no talk of doctoring or slathering on Saturday afternoon. But, the Blue Jays still managed to get the better of Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox, as Toronto won, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Buchholz, though, was not involved in the decision. He went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
Junichi Tazawa, who gave up a lead-off home run to Adam Lind in the ninth, took the loss, falling to 2-2.
Jays lefty Mark Buehrle, who has struggled for much of the season, went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
The Jays got a run in the third when Colby Rasmus led off with a double, taking second on Munenori Kawasaki’s groundout, and scoring on Melky Cabrera’s two-out single.
Toronto added a run in the fourth when Adam Lind led off with single, went to second on Brett Lawrie’s groundout, scoring on Rasmus’ single to right, putting the Jays up, 2-0.
The Sox tied the game in the eighth.
After giving up a two-out single to David Ortiz in the third inning, Buehrle retired the next 13 Sox batters before issuing a lead-off walk to David Ross in the eighth, ending Buehrle’s outing.
Darren Oliver entered, giving up a run-scoring triple to Jacoby Ellsbury. Then with one out, shortstop Kawasaki’s error on Dustin Pedroia’s grounder allowed Ellsbury to score, tying the game.
Oliver earned the win, improving to 2-1. Casey Janssen earned his 10th save with a scoreless ninth, despite a lead-off double by Will Middlebrooks.
STAR OF THE GAME: Mark Buehrle
Buehrle, who has struggled for most of his first season with the Jays, gave his best performance of the season on Saturday afternoon against the Red Sox. The left-hander went seven innings, matching a season-high, (plus one batter in the eighth), giving up one run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
He left the game with a 2-0 lead and a runner on first base, but did not factor in the decision. After a two-out single by David Ortiz in the third inning, Buehrle retired the next 13 Red Sox batters before issuing a lead-off walk to David Ross in the eighth, ending Buehrle's outing.
It was his longest outing giving up fewer than two runs since throwing eight innings giving up one run Sept. 28, 2012, against the Phillies while with the Marlins. He became the first Jays pitcher to limit the Red Sox to one or no run over at least seven innings since Aaron Laffey went seven scoreless innings on Sept. 20, 2012.
Buehrle is 6-9 with a 4.55 ERA in 20 career starts against the Red Sox. The one run was the fewest he had allowed in a start against the Sox since also allowing one run over seven innings on Sept. 7, 2009, with the White Sox.
HONORABLE MENTION: Adam Lind
Lind went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. His ninth-inning home off Junichi Tazawa run put the Jays ahead, 3-2. It was his second home run of the season.
This was his first three-hit game of the season and first since Oct. 1, 2012, against the Twins, when he went 3-for-4 with a home run, RBI, and two runs scored.
He is 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles, two home runs, and two RBI over his last five games.
THE GOAT: Junichi Tazawa
After the Red Sox had just tied the game in the eighth inning, Tazawa entered the game in the ninth and gave up a lead-off home run to Adam Lind to put the Jays ahead.
Tazawa took the loss, falling to 2-2 with a 3.31 ERA.
THE TURNING POINT:
Lind’s home run, a blast to straightaway center field on a 2-and-2 slider off Junichi Tazawa, was the difference in the game.
BY THE NUMBERS: 0-for-11
The Red Sox were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the game, leaving eight runners on base.
They are 13-for-71, batting .183, in their last nine games with runners in scoring position, leaving 65 runners on base.
QUOTE OF NOTE:
"I don't really want to talk about it too much. That’s when things go bad. But it was one of those days where I'll enjoy it and get back tomorrow.” --Adam Lind, on his go-ahead home run in the ninth inning off Junichi Tazawa