Toronto at Boston

W: J. Beckett (2-1) L: J. Reyes (0-2)
S: J. Papelbon (2)
HR: TOR - None   BOS - J. Lowrie (1)

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BOSTON -- Jo-Jo Reyes couldn't throw strikes from the beginning. It was the wrong team to have that kind of start against.

Reyes, who walked a pair of batters in a 37-pitch, first-inning struggle, fell behind after the game's third batter and the Toronto Blue Jays were never able to mount much of a threat against Josh Beckett as they fell to the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Saturday.

"Yeah, that, and against a very patient lineup, they're not going to chase pitches out of the zone," Toronto manager John Farrell said of Reyes' control trouble. "They're not going to expand the zone when they're in favorable counts. That's what they're very good at, that's what they're known for. It was just overall command, from pitch to pitch, with Jo-Jo."

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Despite all their early-season struggles, it was the one thing the Red Sox's hitters have done well: They entered the day third in the AL in walks.

Reyes, who walked five in four innings, was upset with his performance.

"You don't want to have an outing like that," he said "It's disappointing now. It's over with now. Just gotta move on and get back to work."

Falling behind early made it that much tougher for the Blue Jays, especially with Beckett looking like he's regained his form from a few years ago.

"He was good. He always pitches good, every time I've seen him," Blue Jays catcher Jose Molina said.

Beckett had his second straight strong start, holding Toronto to one run over seven innings, and Jed Lowrie provided a spark at the top of Boston's lineup with a two-run homer to lift the struggling Red Sox to the victory.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Red Sox, who have the majors worst record at 3-10.

Travis Snider had an RBI single and stole a pair of bases for the Blue Jays. Toronto lost for the sixth time in nine games.

Lowrie, inserted into the leadoff spot to replace struggling outfielder Carl Crawford, went 3 for 5 to raise his average to .500. He had seen limited playing time, getting 17 at-bats before the start.

Beckett (2-1), coming off a dominant outing in which he shut out the Yankees with 10 strikeouts over eight innings in a win last Sunday, looked sharp from the start. He used a nasty curveball to go with his fastball to hold the Blue Jays to a pair of singles and a double. He struck out nine and walked two.

The 30-year old right-hander is coming off an injury-plagued 2010 season when he went just 6-6 with a 5.78 ERA.

Daniel Bard gave up a hit in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon got the final three outs for his second save.

The Red Sox scored a pair of runs in the first, but it could have been more after they loaded the bases before Jo-Jo Reyes (0-2) got an out. Lowrie opened with a single, Dustin Pedroia walked and Adrian Gonzalez followed with an RBI single. Kevin Youkilis then doubled in a run, making it 2-0. After David Ortiz walked to load the bases, Reyes struck out a pair and got Darnell McDonald to ground out.

Reyes gave up four runs, seven hits, and fanned three while throwing 94 pitches in four innings.

The Blue Jays cut it to 2-1 on Snider's RBI single in the second.

Boston made it 4-1 in the second when Lowrie homered into the Green Monster seats after Jacoby Ellsbury was hit by a pitch.


  • The 2-10 start had matched Boston's worst in club history, last done in 1996. They also opened 1925 and '27 by losing 10 of the initial 12. Crawford, off to a .137 start after signing a seven-year, $142-millon contract during the offseason, was taken out of the lineup for the day. "I think it'll do him a lot better to get a day off," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. McDonald started in left and had a single in three at-bats.
  • Boston 1B Gonzalez made three diving stops on hard grounders by Corey Patterson.
  • Twenty-two years ago Saturday, Kelly Gruber became the first Blue Jays' player to hit for the cycle.
  • Fans lined the field on the warning track before the game as Red Sox players walked around and posed for pictures for about 45 minutes.
  • Blue Jays' SS Yunel Escobar had reached safely in 11 straight games, but went 0 for 4.
  • Toronto LHP Luis Perez made his major league debut.
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Josh Beckett, now 2-1, makes a second straight solid start, striking out nine Jays in Boston's win. (Getty Images)
Josh Beckett, now 2-1, makes a second straight solid start, striking out nine Jays in Boston's win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

J. Beckett
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 9

J. Lowrie
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Toronto Blue Jays
Yunel Escobar, SS4000011 .375
Corey Patterson, CF4000010 .304
Jose Bautista, RF4000000 .317
Adam Lind, 1B3000120 .236
Aaron Hill, 2B3120111 .241
Travis Snider, LF4011012 .170
Jayson Nix, DH3000031 .265
Jose Molina, C3010011 .350
John McDonald, 3B3010011 .350
2B - Aaron Hill (3, Beckett)
RBI - Travis Snider (10)
SB - Aaron Hill (5, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek), Travis Snider 2 (5, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek, 3rd base off Beckett/Varitek)
CS - John McDonald (2, 2nd base by Bard/Varitek)
Team LOB - 5
DP - McDonald-Hill-Lind, Hill-Escobar-Lind, Molina-Hill
Toronto Blue Jays
Jo-Jo Reyes (L,0-2) 3744531 6.75
Carlos Villanueva 3000220 0.93
Octavio Dotel 0.2100100 6.75
Luis Perez 1.1100020 0.00
HBP - Ellsbury (by Jo-Jo Reyes)
WP - Jo-Jo Reyes (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 94-54, Carlos Villanueva 42-23, Octavio Dotel 15-8, Luis Perez 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 3-2, Carlos Villanueva 1-5, Octavio Dotel 1-1, Luis Perez 1-0
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 21, Carlos Villanueva 10, Octavio Dotel 4, Luis Perez 4
Boston Red Sox
Jed Lowrie, SS5232003 .500
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4110110 .340
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3011210 .250
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4011012 .205
David Ortiz, DH1000311 .256
Mike Cameron, RF-LF4020025 .200
Jason Varitek, C3000014 .077
Darnell McDonald, LF3010003 .182
   a- J.D. Drew, PH-RF1000002 .250
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF1100202 .190
a-popped out for McDonald in the 7th
2B - Kevin Youkilis (4, Reyes)
HR - Jed Lowrie (1, Reyes)
SH - Jason Varitek (1)
RBI - Jed Lowrie 2 (4), Adrian Gonzalez (8), Kevin Youkilis (5)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (3, 2nd base off Villanueva/Molina)
CS - Jed Lowrie (1, 2nd base by Perez/Molina)
Team LOB - 11
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,2-1) 7311290 1.80
Daniel Bard (H,2) 1100010 7.94
Jonathan Papelbon (S,2) 1100010 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 101-64, Daniel Bard 11-7, Jonathan Papelbon 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 9-3, Daniel Bard 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 26, Daniel Bard 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37310
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 45
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley