Drabek, Encarnacion lead Jays over Red Sox 7-3
TORONTO—Kyle Drabek won for the first time since June, Edwin Encarnacion homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Tuesday night.
Drabek (1-0) struggled in two starts against Boston last season, allowing 12 runs and 15 hits and taking the loss in a 14-1 home defeat on June 12, his last start before being demoted to Triple-A.
The right-hander was much sharper this time, giving up one run and three hits in 5 1-3 innings and setting down nine straight in one stretch. He walked three and struck out four to help drop the Red Sox to 1-4, another slow start for a team that opened last season with six straight losses.
Jason Frasor and Luis Perez each worked 1 1-3 innings and Casey Janssen gave up a two-run double to Adrian Gonzalez in the ninth before David Ortiz was caught looking at strike three, stranding runners at second and third.
Encarnacion went 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBIs and matched a career high with two stolen bases. He lined a solo blast to left off Michael Bowden in the seventh for his first homer of the season.
Making his first career start after 192 relief appearances, Red Sox right-hander Daniel Bard saw his first pitch of the game laced through the left side for a single by Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar. Two outs later, Escobar advanced to third when Adam Lind grounded a double down the third base line, then scored on Edwin Encarnacion's infield single.
Toronto tacked on two more in the third. Escobar and Kelly Johnson led off with back-to-back singles, Jose Bautista struck out and Lind lined an RBI single to center. One out later, Brett Lawrie chopped a single through the right side, scoring Johnson.
Drabek kept the Red Sox scoreless until the sixth, when Ellsbury led off with a walk and moved to third on Dustin Pedroia's double. Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly, with Pedroia advancing to third, and Drabek was replaced after walking Ortiz. Toronto escaped when Frasor came on and got Kevin Youkilis to ground into a double play.
Toronto promptly put the game out of reach by scoring three runs and chasing Bard in the bottom half. Encarnacion walked and stole second and Lawrie reached on an infield single, bringing Justin Thomas out of the Red Sox bullpen. Eric Thames walked to load the bases before J.P. Arencibia lined a two-run single to right. Colby Rasmus capped it with a sacrifice fly to left.
Bard (0-1) allowed five runs and eight hits in five-plus innings, walked one and struck out a career-high six.
NOTES: Bard's previous high in strikeouts was five, set in a 2 1-3 inning stint at Toronto on May 29, 2009. ... Bautista went 0 for 4 and struck out three times. ... Youkilis came in hitless in 12 at-bats this season before reaching on a one-out double to right in the second. ... Red Sox RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (right elbow) threw 49 pitches over three innings in an extended spring training game Monday. ... Boston INF Mike Aviles was held out of the lineup with a slightly sprained left ankle. Aviles suffered the injury breaking out of the box in his second at-bat Monday. ... A male fan jumped out of the seats down the right field line, stripped off his shirt and pants, and ran across the field during Toronto's rally in the bottom of the third. The game had to be paused again in the fourth when a fan stood in the batter's eye in center field. ... Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon threw out the first pitch. ... Left-handers Jon Lester and Ricky Romero each get their first start in Wednesday's series finale, a 12:37 EDT start.