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Red Sox rally late to drop Blue Jays

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BOSTON -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia gave the Boston Red Sox a little momentum, and that was all it took to topple the Toronto Blue Jays.

The slugger hit a tying solo homer with two out in the seventh inning and the Red Sox rallied to beat the Blue Jays 5-1 on Tuesday night.

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Saltalamacchia's line drive to left off reliever Jason Frasor just cleared the Green Monster for his 14th homer, tying it at 1. The Red Sox then loaded the bases on a double, a hit batter and a walk before Dustin Pedroia drove in two with a single up the middle.

Saltalamacchia is already closing in on his career high of 16 homers, set two years ago when he shared catching duties with former captain Jason Varitek.

"He's playing a confident brand of baseball because he believes in himself and he's a talented player," manager Bobby Valentine said. "Some things that might have haunted his past just seem to be gone and he's just playing the game of baseball. Looks good doing it."

Adrian Gonzalez and Will Middlebrooks each drove in a run in the eighth and Boston's bullpen completed a solid start by Daisuke Matsuzaka, helping the Red Sox win for the eighth time in 10 games.

"I feel like any given night, it's someone different," said Mike Aviles, who drew a rare walk to load the bases in the seventh for Pedroia.

"Every night you never know who's going to be the hero and that makes the game intriguing for us."

The rally spoiled a strong performance by Aaron Laffey in his first start in nearly two years. Laffey stepped in for Toronto's depleted rotation and pitched six crisp innings, allowing three hits with two walks. Laffey retired 12 straight batters after Aviles' leadoff single in the first.

"Aaron Laffey pitched a heck of a six innings for us," manager John Farrell said. "He gave us six outstanding innings -- shutout innings. We were up 1-0."

But that isn't enough at Fenway Park, where the Red Sox had been struggling earlier but improved to 6-2 on a nine-game homestand that wraps up Wednesday afternoon against the Blue Jays.

Andrew Miller (2-0) recorded an out in the seventh to pick up the win. Vicente Padilla pitched a perfect eighth, striking out two and setting up Alfredo Aceves for a 1-2-3 ninth.

After Saltalamacchia went deep, pinch-hitter Ryan Kalish doubled to right against Luis Perez (2-2). David Pauley came out of the bullpen and hit Daniel Nava with a pitch. Pauley then walked Aviles and Pedroia's hit made it 3-1.

"It seems like it's been so long since he's been in that opportunity late in the game where he could win the game," Valentine said. "It presented itself and he drove the runs in. That really gives us strength."

Matsuzaka went 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Brett Lawrie led off the game with a double to center and scored on a two-out single by Edwin Encarnacion, putting Toronto ahead 1-0.

Pedroia walked with one out in the sixth and tried to scamper home on David Ortiz's double off the Green Monster, but Rajai Davis recovered after misplaying the hop and threw a straight shot to catcher Jeff Mathis in time for the tag.

Notes

  • The series is tied 1-1 and concludes with an afternoon game Wednesday. Boston's Jon Lester (4-5) is scheduled to face Ricky Romero (8-1).
  • The Red Sox announced RHP Clay Buchholz experienced erosion of his esophagus, and the condition caused internal bleeding. The team says he is doing well and is expected to make a complete recovery.
  • Laffey's previous start was July 19, 2010.
  • Davis led off the second with a single, but Matsuzaka picked him off first.
 
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia's solo home run was the first of the Red Sox's three runs scored in the seventh inning. (Getty Images)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia's solo home run was the first of the Red Sox's three runs scored in the seventh inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Boston

J. Saltalamacchia
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Lawrie, 3B4110002 .290
Colby Rasmus, CF4000021 .264
Jose Bautista, RF4000012 .233
Edwin Encarnacion, DH3011120 .286
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000013 .243
Yunel Escobar, SS4010002 .252
Rajai Davis, LF4020002 .281
Adam Lind, 1B4020001 .195
Jeff Mathis, C2000021 .183
Totals3317118  
Batting
2B - Brett Lawrie (13, Matsuzaka)
SH - Jeff Mathis (2)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (52)
PK - Rajai Davis (1, Matsuzaka)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Rajai Davis 1, Colby Rasmus 1
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Laffey 6300220 1.80
Jason Frasor (BS,3) 0.2111001 4.03
Luis Perez (L,2-2)0111000 3.53
David Pauley 0.1433100 5.68
Scott Richmond 1000010 0.00
HBP - Nava (by David Pauley)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Laffey 82-48, Jason Frasor 12-6, Luis Perez 3-3, David Pauley 18-7, Scott Richmond 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Laffey 10-5, Jason Frasor 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Laffey 22, Jason Frasor 3, Luis Perez 1, David Pauley 6, Scott Richmond 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Aviles, SS3010100 .263
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3012101 .272
David Ortiz, DH4120001 .307
Cody Ross, RF4110012 .276
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4021000 .266
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3001011 .318
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4111012 .254
Darnell McDonald, LF1000100 .210
   a- Ryan Kalish, PH-CF2110001 .259
Brent Lillibridge, CF2000002 .169
   b- Daniel Nava, PH-LF0100000 .325
Totals3059533  
a-doubled for McDonald in the 7th
b-hit by pitch for Lillibridge in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Ortiz 2 (23, Laffey, Pauley), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (24, Laffey, Pauley), Ryan Kalish (1, Perez)
HR - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (14, Frasor)
SF - Will Middlebrooks (3)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia 2 (30), Adrian Gonzalez (40), Will Middlebrooks (35), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (35)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia 2 (10), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (14)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3)
E - Will Middlebrooks (7, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka 5.2611150 4.91
Scott Atchison 1100000 1.33
Andrew Miller (W,2-0) 0.1000010 2.12
Vicente Padilla (H,17) 1000020 3.86
Alfredo Aceves 1000000 4.30
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 100-60, Scott Atchison 8-7, Andrew Miller 7-4, Vicente Padilla 12-7, Alfredo Aceves 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 5-7, Scott Atchison 3-0, Vicente Padilla 1-0
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 24, Scott Atchison 4, Andrew Miller 1, Vicente Padilla 3, Alfredo Aceves 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37755
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook