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Toronto (13-21)000000000051

Red Sox keep rolling, blank slumping Blue Jays

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- The Boston Red Sox are on top of the American League East because of strong pitching. Their potent offense is doing pretty well, too.

Tim Wakefield pitched seven sharp innings while the Red Sox roughed up Roy Halladay, beating Toronto 8-0 Thursday night in sending the Blue Jays to their ninth straight loss.

"We like our lineup but it starts and ends with pitching" Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "If you get pitching, you've got a chance. It sets the tone and gives you a chance to win every night."

With Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Curt Schilling and Wakefield, the Red Sox are the only team in the majors to boast four starters with at least four wins apiece.

Mike Lowell homered for the third consecutive game for Boston, which has won seven of eight.

"We're just playing good baseball, man," Lowell said. "We're pitching, we're hitting, we're playing defense. We're clicking right now."

Halladay (4-2) gave up eight runs, seven earned, and 11 hits in five innings on the same day Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, ending his season.

Halladay insisted he's healthy but acknowledged having mechanical problems in his past two outings.

"A lot of guys in here are pressing right now, including myself," said Halladay, who allowed a season-high nine runs in his previous start. "These things kind of take on a life of their own. You've just got to focus on your job."

Wakefield (4-3) yielded three hits, struck out five and walked one, lowering his ERA to an AL-best 1.79.

"He's definitely throwing the ball great," catcher Doug Mirabelli said. "He's going out there every day and giving us a chance to win."

The Blue Jays' only threat came in the first, when singles by Adam Lind and Vernon Wells and a walk to Troy Glaus loaded the bases with one out. Wakefield escaped when Frank Thomas struck out on a 2-2 pitch and catcher Doug Mirabelli completed the double play by firing to first to catch Glaus straying too far off the base.

"Once we did that, (Wakefield) settled down and was tremendous," Francona said.

Wakefield didn't give up another hit until Wells' leadoff single in the seventh. Wells was erased when Glaus grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

"After I got out of the first, I kind of settled down and was able to pitch well," Wakefield said.

Hideki Okajima pitched a perfect eighth and J.C. Romero worked the ninth for the Red Sox.

Kevin Youkilis returned to Boston's lineup after a day off and went 3-for-5 with two RBI.

Youkilis got the Red Sox rolling in the first when he doubled to right, moved to third on Halladay's throwing error and scored on a groundout by David Ortiz.

The Red Sox blew the game open with a six-run third, sending 10 men to the plate and stringing together six consecutive hits. Youkilis and Manny Ramirez sandwiched RBI singles around a run-scoring double by Ortiz. J.D. Drew then singled to bring up Lowell, who hit a three-run homer, his seventh.

Toronto's skid is its longest since a nine-game losing streak between April 24 and May 3, 2002. Toronto lost a team-record 12 straight games between May 31 and August 10 in the strike-shortened 1981 season.

Toronto was shut out for the first time this season.

Notes

  • The Blue Jays placed RHP Victor Zambrano (strained forearm) on the 15-day disabled list before the game and recalled RHP Jaime Vermilyea from Triple-A Syracuse. RHP Shaun Marcum moves into the starting rotation and will make his first start of the season Sunday against Tampa Bay.
 
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Kevin Youkilis goes 3-for-5 with two RBI to help send the Jays to their ninth straight loss.   (US Presswire)
Kevin Youkilis goes 3-for-5 with two RBI to help send the Jays to their ninth straight loss. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Boston

M. Lowell
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

T. Wakefield
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
 

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Boston Red Sox
Julio Lugo, SS5110000 .227
    Dustin Pedroia, 2B0000000 .267
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5232011 .319
David Ortiz, DH4112001 .310
   a- Eric Hinske, PH-DH1000000 .200
Manny Ramirez, LF4121001 .250
    Wily Mo Pena, PR-LF0000000 .270
J.D. Drew, RF4120001 .257
Mike Lowell, 3B4113012 .303
Coco Crisp, CF4010000 .228
Doug Mirabelli, C4000011 .280
Alex Cora, 2B-SS4120010 .415
Totals39813804  
a-flied out for Ortiz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis 2 (6, Halladay, Halladay), David Ortiz (12, Halladay), Coco Crisp (5, Halladay), Alex Cora (2, Vermilyea)
HR - Mike Lowell (7, Halladay)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (13), David Ortiz 2 (30), Manny Ramirez (20), Mike Lowell 3 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (3), David Ortiz (15), Manny Ramirez (11), Mike Lowell 3 (14)
SB - Julio Lugo (10, 2nd base off Halladay/Fasano)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Mirabelli-Youkilis, Lugo-Cora-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield (W,4-3) 7300150 1.79
Hideki Okajima 1000020 0.53
J.C. Romero 1200000 3.48
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 93-56, Hideki Okajima 15-11, J.C. Romero 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 4-10, Hideki Okajima 1-0, J.C. Romero 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 23, Hideki Okajima 3, J.C. Romero 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF4000011 .283
Adam Lind, LF4020000 .242
Vernon Wells, CF4020002 .279
Troy Glaus, 3B2000101 .317
    Jason Smith, 3B0000000 .200
   a- Jason Phillips, PH1000002 .264
Frank Thomas, DH3000023 .238
Lyle Overbay, 1B3000020 .240
Aaron Hill, 2B3000020 .269
Sal Fasano, C3000000 .167
John McDonald, SS3010000 .305
Totals3005017  
a-grounded out for Smith in the 9th
Batting
PK - Troy Glaus (1, Wakefield)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - McDonald-Hill-Overbay
E - Roy Halladay (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (L,4-2) 51187021 4.37
Jamie Vermilyea 3200010 0.00
Jason Frasor 1000010 5.65
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 86-54, Jamie Vermilyea 36-24, Jason Frasor 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 10-2, Jamie Vermilyea 4-4, Jason Frasor 1-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 25, Jamie Vermilyea 11, Jason Frasor 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22290
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Gerry Davis