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BOSTON -- Jed Lowrie took his eye off a ball in the top of the 11th inning. He used his eye at the plate to win the game shortly after.
Lowrie, who dropped an easy foul pop up to extend John Buck's at-bat before he fanned to end the top of the inning, homered into the Red Sox bullpen off Casey Janssen (4-2) for his first career game-ending homer.
"I don't think I've faced him before that I can remember. I wanted to watch him throw a few so I could see him," Lowrie said. "He hung a 2-2 curveball and I hit it out."
The victory came after an embarrassing, season-worst 16-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.
"A walk-off can certainly get us on a roll," said Boston reliever Daniel Bard, who worked two scoreless innings.
Boston catcher Victor Martinez drove in three runs to go along with a solid defensive play on a jarring collision. He held onto a relay throw as Lyle Overbay knocked him over for the final out of the fourth.
Former Blue Jays player Marco Scutaro had a double, two singles and scored a pair of runs.
Overbay had a game-tying, two-run homer for Toronto after going 4 for 5 with a career-best seven RBI in Friday's win.
"The bullpen came in and did a good job," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. "Of course, the last pitch looked like a hanging breaking ball. That'll get you beat sometimes."
The Red Sox improved to 10-4 against Toronto this season. They have won seven times in games decided by two runs or less.
It was Boston's first game-ending homer since David Ortiz hit one against the White Sox last Aug. 26.
"Curveball. I hung it," Janssen said. "He's a good hitter and he hit my mistake."
Jonathan Papelbon (5-5) pitched a perfect inning for the win.
Mike Lowell reached second to open the eighth when his short pop down the left-field line ticked off shortstop Yunel Escobar's glove, bounced onto the track and into the stands for a ground-rule error, but Boston failed to score.
Toronto tied it at 4 in the sixth against starter Daisuke Matsuzaka when John Buck had a sacrifice fly and Overbay hit a two-run homer into the right-field bleachers after being pitched around his first two at-bats with an intentional walk and a walk with first open. But, this time, with a runner on second and first open again, Overbay belted the second pitch over the Blue Jays' bullpen.
"We tried to get him to chase something there, but Dice was pretty good," Boston manager Terry Francona said.
Martinez's two-run single gave Boston a 2-0 lead against starter Ricky Romero.
The Blue Jays closed to 2-1 in the fourth on John McDonald's RBI double, but Overbay was cut down when he barreled over Martinez, who caught second baseman Yamaico Navarro's throw from shallow center field. Martinez got up, smiled and playfully retagged Overbay on the chest.
Martinez and Adrian Beltre each had RBI singles in the fifth.
Romero pitched seven innings, giving up four runs, nine hits, striking out eight and walking one. He entered with a 1-4 record and career-worst 8.51 ERA against the Red Sox.
Matsuzaka gave up six hits and four runs -- three of each coming in the sixth -- in eight innings, walking three and fanning eight.
Gaston talked before the game about how Matsuzaka's hesitation windeup "really messes with your timing." The right-hander seemed to have the Blue Jays hitters off-balance a lot early, holding them to three hits and number of weak swings in the first five innings.Notes
|Jed Lowrie helps Boston avenge an embarrassing loss by finishing off the Jays with a blast into the home bullpen. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Fred Lewis, DH||5||0||1||0||0||3||0||.274|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.256|
|Jose Bautista, RF||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.253|
|Vernon Wells, CF||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||.265|
|John Buck, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.286|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||.210|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||2||1||1||2||2||0||0||.254|
|John McDonald, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.253|
|Travis Snider, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.241|
|2B - Vernon Wells (37, Matsuzaka), John Buck (22, Matsuzaka), John McDonald (8, Matsuzaka)|
|HR - Lyle Overbay (16, Matsuzaka)|
|SF - John Buck (5)|
|RBI - John Buck (52), Lyle Overbay 2 (56), John McDonald (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay 2 (31), John McDonald (8)|
|SB - Fred Lewis 2 (13, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Martinez, 3rd base off Matsuzaka/Martinez)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Escobar-Hill-Overbay, Overbay-Escobar-Carlson|
|E - Yunel Escobar 2 (13, Misplayed grounder)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Casey Janssen (L,4-2)||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||3.90|
|HBP - Drew (by Ricky Romero)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 117-72, Jason Frasor 5-4, Scott Downs 6-2, Shawn Camp 12-9, Jesse Carlson 11-6, Casey Janssen 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 8-5, Shawn Camp 1-0, Jesse Carlson 1-1, Casey Janssen 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 32, Jason Frasor 2, Scott Downs 1, Shawn Camp 2, Jesse Carlson 3, Casey Janssen 4|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||5||2||3||0||0||0||2||.276|
|J.D. Drew, RF||3||1||2||0||1||1||1||.261|
|Victor Martinez, C||5||0||3||3||0||0||2||.284|
|David Ortiz, DH||5||0||0||0||0||2||6||.265|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||2||4||.324|
|Mike Lowell, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.226|
|Ryan Kalish, PR-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Bill Hall, LF-2B||5||0||0||0||0||2||2||.238|
|Yamaico Navarro, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|a- Daniel Nava, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|b- Jed Lowrie, PH-1B||1||1||1||1||1||0||0||.317|
|Darnell McDonald, CF-LF||3||1||0||0||1||2||2||.272|
|a-announced for Navarro in the 8th|
|b-walked for Nava in the 8th|
|2B - Marco Scutaro (31, R. Romero)|
|HR - Jed Lowrie (3, Janssen)|
|RBI - Victor Martinez 3 (49), Adrian Beltre (85), Jed Lowrie (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (38)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Darnell McDonald 1|
|DP - Beltre-Hall-Lowrie|
|E - Bill Hall (10, Throwing), Jed Lowrie (4, Dropped fly)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jonathan Papelbon (W,5-5)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.08|
|IBB - Overbay by Daisuke Matsuzaka|
|Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 109-73, Daniel Bard 13-10, Jonathan Papelbon 18-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 4-11, Daniel Bard 3-1, Jonathan Papelbon 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 32, Daniel Bard 6, Jonathan Papelbon 3|
|Attendance - 37614|
|Game Time - 3:23|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Todd Tichenor|