Toronto at Boston

Final 11th
W: J. Papelbon (5-5) L: C. Janssen (4-2)
HR: TOR - L. Overbay (16)   BOS - J. Lowrie (3)

Lowrie's leadoff homer in 11th lifts Red Sox past Jays wire reports

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 homered to lead off the 11th inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night.

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.

  • Boston has won seven times in its last at-bat at home this season, most since nine in 2006.
  • Red Sox C Jason Varitek , sidelined since July 1 with a broken right foot, took early BP. Francona said the team had a conference call to discuss the injury "[the doctor] doesn't feel Jason can hurt the foot even if he feels some discomfort, but he's not ready to play yet."
  • LHP Hideki Okajima , on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring since August 6, threw one scoreless inning of relief in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing one single.
  • Toronto 3B Edwin Encarnacion , who missed Friday's game with a sore left wrist, took BP and Gaston said he may play Sunday.
  • Navarro made his first start at second.
  • Boston C Jarrod Saltalamacchia is expected to remain hospitalized until Monday to treat an infection in his right lower leg.
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Jed Lowrie helps Boston avenge an embarrassing loss by finishing off the Jays with a blast into the home bullpen. (AP)
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

V. Martinez
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

L. Overbay
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Toronto Blue Jays
Fred Lewis, DH5010030 .274
Yunel Escobar, SS5000012 .256
Jose Bautista, RF5110001 .253
Vernon Wells, CF5110000 .265
John Buck, C4011020 .286
Aaron Hill, 2B3100112 .210
Lyle Overbay, 1B2112200 .254
John McDonald, 3B4011012 .253
Travis Snider, LF4010020 .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
Ricky Romero 7944180 3.50
Jason Frasor 0.1000010 3.83
Scott Downs0000100 2.37
Shawn Camp 0.2000010 2.91
Jesse Carlson 1000100 2.70
Casey Janssen (L,4-2) 1111001 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, SS5230002 .276
J.D. Drew, RF3120111 .261
Victor Martinez, C5033002 .284
David Ortiz, DH5000026 .265
Adrian Beltre, 3B5011024 .324
Mike Lowell, 1B4000013 .226
    Ryan Kalish, PR-CF1000000 .246
Bill Hall, LF-2B5000022 .238
Yamaico Navarro, 2B3000000 .167
   a- Daniel Nava, PH0000000 .273
   b- Jed Lowrie, PH-1B1111100 .317
Darnell McDonald, CF-LF3100122 .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
Daisuke Matsuzaka 8644381 4.19
Daniel Bard 2100010 1.91
Jonathan Papelbon (W,5-5) 1000010 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
Game Information
Attendance - 37614
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Todd Tichenor