In what was a one-run ballgame through the first 5 1/2 frames, the Blue Jays quickly turned Tuesday’s contest into a Boston beat down, as they scored six times from the sixth through the eighth inning to take down the Sox 7-3.
Jake Peavy took his ninth loss of the season, allowing five runs in 6 1/3 innings of work on eight hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ went six innings, shutting out the Sox while allowing seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts as he grabbed his eighth win of the season.
The Blue Jays struck first in the bottom of the third, when a ball by Melky Cabrera hit off of Peavy’s leg and toward first base foul area. Peavy ran over and tried to flip it to first, but the throw got away from Mike Napoli and allowed Anthony Gose to score from second base, while Cabrera was tagged out trying to take second.
Toronto doubled their lead in the sixth as Jose Reyes led off with a solo shot to right to make it 2-0. Dioner Navarro made it 4-0 on a two-run shot in the same inning.
The Jays weren’t done, as they scored another run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 5-0, chasing Peavy in the process. Only an inning-ending double play eliminated a bases-loaded situation and spared the Sox from surrendering any more.
Toronto scored two more in the eighth to make it 7-1, these two off of reliever Felix Doubront.
David Ortiz prevented a shutout by launching a solo home run in the top of the eighth, his 23d on the season and his third in the past two games. Stephen Drew hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to cut the deficit to four, but in the end, it wasn't enough.
The Sox loaded the bases in the top of the fourth, but couldn’t score, and left nine runners on base as they saw their winning streak snapped at five.
MVP: Jose Reyes
The Toronto shortstop had three hits in five at bats on Tuesday, finished a triple short of the cycle, stole a base, and drove two of the Jays’ seven runs as Toronto repaid the Sox for the clubbing the Jays received in Game 1 of this three-game series.
GOAT: Jake Peavy
Everything (well, mostly everything) was going well for the Sox starter through the first five innings, holding the Jays to one run on three hits with two walks and six K’s. But the wheels fell off in the bottom of the sixth, as Peavy gave up three runs on two home runs, his 19th and 20th home runs allowed this year in 20 starts. He allowed another in the seventh after the Toronto offense chased him from the game.
ICYMI: Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot to right that doubled the Blue Jays’ lead and started their three-hit, three-run frame.
QUOTE OF THE GAME:
John Farrell: "There's no bank we can take runs and put them in and take a loan out the next day, unfortunately."— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) July 23, 2014
NUMBERS TO KNOW: Jake Peavy’s now has nine losses against just one win in 20 starts on the season…He has now averaged a home run allowed in every start this year, and his 20 home runs puts him one ahead of David Price for the most in the American League…David Ortiz’s eighth inning home run was his 23d of the season, good for No. 454 in his career…The homer was also his 36th round-tripper at Rogers Centre, tying Alex Rodriguez for most ever by an visiting hitter…After his two-run homer in the top of the ninth, Stephen Drew has upped his slugging percentage to .568 in the month of July.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Red Sox saw their five-game win streak snapped, as they fell to 47-53 in the 100th game of the regular season. The loss dropped them back to eight games behind the Baltimore Orioles and into a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays for last in the AL East (the Orioles and Rays games had yet to conclude as the Sox finished up). At the end of their game, the Sox stood 6.5 games behind the Seattle Mariners for the second AL Wild Card Spot.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound on Wednesday for his 16th start of the year; he currently sits at 5-5 with a 5.46 ERA. He went six innings in his last start, giving up four runs on 10 hits with no walks and three strikeouts as the Sox beat the Royals 5-4 on July 18.
The Blue Jays will counter with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is 7-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 21 starts for Toronto. He gave up five runs on six hits his last time out, walking none and striking out seven in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers.