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FINAL: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 1

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  August 19, 2009 10:07 PM

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MARTINEZ GOES DEEP (9:51, TOP 9, 6-1 SOX)
Martinez blasted a home run to the opposite field with two down off of Brandon League, adding some breathing room that most likely won't be necessary. League followed by drilling Kevin Youkilis in the ribs. Youkilis tossed his elbow pad toward the dugout and calmly walked to first.

OKAJIMA CRUISES (9:45, END 8, 5-1 SOX)
Okajima retired the side in order, striking out Lind to lead off the inning. In his last 10 1/3 innings, he has allowed one earned run.

OKAJIMA IN THE EIGHTH (9:37, MID 8, 5-1 SOX)
The Sox went down in order again, Kotchman, Green, and Gonzalez. Okajima will replace Ramirez, who struck out two in his lone inning. Daniel Bard is warming up.

A NOTE ON HALLADAY (9:28, BOT 7, 5-1 SOX)
Before tonight, Halladay made 42 consecutive starts without leaving before pitching six full innings, not counting starts cut short owing to injury. It had been more than a year that a team knocked out Halladay before he threw six innings before the Sox did it tonight.

BUCHHOLZ EXITS (9:24, MID 7, 5-1 SOX)
After a 1-2-3 inning, Ramon Ramirez emerged from the Sox' bullpen, taking over for Clay Buchholz, who turned in his third straight sterling start. He allowed one run on six hits over six innings. In his past three starts, Buchholz has allowed five runs in 19 innings, a 2.37 ERA.

BIG MOMENT FOR BUCHHOLZ (9:16, END 6, 5-1 SOX)
Buchholz found himself in his worst jam of the night after back-to-back singles, the second an infield job by Ruiz, loaded the bases with two outs. Having thrown 91 pitches, Buchholz faced Encarnacion. He started with a slider in the dirt and then a fastball for ball two. Buchholz came back with a 92-mph fastball, and Encarnacion flied high to center, ending the threat.

BUCHHOLZ FLIES THROUGH FIFTH, HALLADAY DONE (8:56, END 5, 5-1 SOX)
After a quick bottom of the fifth, Halladay is done for the day. Replacing is righthander Josh Roenicke.

Buchholz steamrolled the Jays in the fifth. Barajas flied high to left. Buchholz struck out Snider on three pitches, flailing at a 79-mph changeup, which has been a great pitch for him tonight. Scutaro lined the first pitch he saw to Green at second. Buchholz needed only seven pitches.

BAY'S BOMBS (8:50, MID 5, 5-1 SOX)
Green ended the inning with a grounder. Bay now has seven home runs in his last 39 at-bats, a span of 11 games in which he has 12 RBI. He's getting back on one of his hot streaks.

BAY HOMERS (8:47, TOP 5, 5-1 SOX)
The Sox have Halladay on the ropes in the fifth inning. After Youkilis reached when Scutaro's throw from short pulled Overbay just off first base, he then stole second. Ortiz tapped a ball back to Halladay. Bay followed with a laser of a home run, a ball that hooked toward the foul pole and barely cleared the leftfield fence. After a ground out by Kotchman, Halladay has thrown 101 pitches.

BUCHHOLZ ESCAPES (8:39, END 4, 3-1 SOX)
After his talk with Farrell, Buchholz regained his form from earlier in the game. Ruiz struck out swinging at a changeup, and Edwin Encarnacion grounded out to third.

JAYS ON THE BOARD (8:32, BOT 4, 3-1 SOX)
Buchholz is running into his first trouble and having a chat with John Farrell. Hill led off with a hard single. Lind flied to left. Overbay walked, and Wells slapped another single to right, scoring Hill and putting men on first and second with one out for Ruiz.

HALLADAY STILL NOT SETTLED (8:21, MID 4, 3-0 SOX)
The Sox nearly got another run off of Halladay. After Drew walked, Martinez ripped a line dirve to the right side. Hill snared the ball a couple inches off the ground, leaning over to his left; Ellsbury would have scored had the ball squirted past. Halladay has thrown 88 pitches through just four innings -- 105 got him through nine the last time the Sox faced him.

SOX ADD ON (8:15, TOP 4, 3-0 SOX)
The Sox started a quick two-out rally and extended their lead. Alex Gonzalez singled up the middle after Kotchman grounded out and Green struck out. Ellsbury followed with a line drive left-center that he turned into a triple and an RBI.

FIRST HIT, NO PROBLEM (8:09, END 3, 2-0 SOX)
Buchholz allowed a one-out single to center to Rod Barajas, but Barajas did not advance. Travis Snider struck out looking, and Scutaro struck out swinging.

SOX WEARING DOWN HALLADAY (7:57, MID 3, 2-0 SOX)
The Red Sox squandered a chance to score some more runs, leaving Martinez and Youkilis on base after back-to-back singles with one out. Bay and Ortiz each struck out. But, they are getting to Halladay, who typically pounds the strike zone and moves quickly through games. He has thrown 68 pitches already. That inning, every batter who made an out saw at least five pitches, and Halladay needed 22 to get through it.

BUCHHOLZ PERFECT (7:45, END 2, 2-0 SOX)
Three up, three down again for Buchholz. Lyle Overbay flied to right and both Vernon Wells and Randy Ruiz grounded out to Gonzalez at short. Buchholz has been really efficient, throwing 12 strikes in 19 pitches.

ORTIZ'S STREAK (7:38, MID 2, 2-0 SOX)
Ellsbury struck out looking to end the inning, meaning Halladay struck out the side despite the Sox getting to him. And for the first time in two starts, Buchholz will pitch with the Sox having scored a run for him.

Ortiz has now hit home runs in three straight games. It's the first time he's done that since July 6-8, 2006.

SOX ADD ON (7:35, TOP 2, 2-0 SOX)
If the Sox beat Halladay, it would almost feel like stealing a win. They're on their way. With one out, Kotchman chopped a ball off of the plate, too high for Halladay's throw to get him in time, and he had an infield single. Kotchman stole second on Green's swinging strikeout. Alex Gonzalez rolled a hard single up the middle, scoring Kotchman easily for the Sox' second run of the inning off of Halladay. When they faced him right before the trade deadline, they scored one off of him in nine innings.

ORTIZ LOSES ANOTHER (7:26, TOP 2, 1-0 SOX)
David Ortiz is on fire. He took what looked like an off-balance swing, and his high fly to right carried like mad, over the fence and into the Red Sox bullpen for a solo home run. Ortiz's numbers on this road trip: 6 for 12, eight runs, two doubles, four home runs, seven RBI, seven walks.

Jason Bay followed with a strike out. Halladay has thrown 26 pitches, 14 strikes.

BUCHHOLZ SHARP (7:21, END 1, 0-0)
Clay Buchholz has gotten used to opposing the best pitchers in the league, and he matched Halladay pitch for pitch in the first. Marco Scutaro flied to center. Aaron Hill smashed a line drive back at Buchholz, who stuck his glove in front of his face and deflected the ball toward second, where Nick Green made the play. Adam Lind grounded to softly to first, and Youkilis flipped to Buchholz for the out.

HALLADAY DEALS (7:16, MID 1, 0-0)
In the first inning, Roy Halladay was pretty much everything you'd expect. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a hard ground out to first. J.D. Drew popped to foul ground in left. Victor Martinez walked, and Kevin Youkilis struck out looking at a 93-mph fastball over the outside corner.

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