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Huge 11th inning sends Red Sox over Blue Jays

By IAN HARRISON
Associated Press
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TORONTO (AP) To Mike Napoli, it was ''just another homer.''

Napoli hit a shot into the fifth deck, the first at Rogers Centre in more than three years, as part of Boston's seven-run 11th inning and the Red Sox held on for a 11-7 win on Tuesday night.

Allen Craig also homered in the big inning, Dustin Pedroia homered and had four RBIs and Boston won its second straight game following an eight-game losing streak.

''Standing at home plate, it's hard to imagine hitting a ball that far, but he did,'' Craig said.

Toronto fell to 6-16 in August and, at 66-66, dropped to .500 for the first time since May 15. The Blue Jays have played four straight extra-inning games, losing three.

''It's tough,'' Toronto's Casey Janssen said. ''We lost another tough game in extra innings.''

Mookie Betts singled off Janssen (3-2) to begin the 11th and was called out at second on Christian Vazquez's sacrifice, with the call overturned after a challenge by Red Sox manager John Farrell. Janssen was charged with an error when he bobbled Brock Holt's bunt, loading the bases for Pedroia, who singled through the drawn-in infield to score a pair.

Sergio Santos came on and struck out Yoenis Cespedes before Napoli, who was hit on the helmet by a pitch earlier in the game, crushed with a towering three-run homer into the fifth deck. It's the 17th upper deck homer in the 25-year history of Rogers Centre, and the seventh by an opponent.

''I was just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere, trying to get a single with a runner in scoring position,'' Napoli said. ''I guess it's pretty cool.''

Daniel Nava doubled before Craig homered, his first with Boston.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, who'd already used all his available relievers, responded by calling designated hitter Steve Tolleson out of the dugout to take the mound. Tolleson struck out Will Middlebrooks and got Betts to fly out to the warning track.

Napoli was hit on the brim of the helmet by a wayward knuckleball from Dickey in the fifth, knocking it off his head. His face showing concern, Dickey held his hands up in apology.

''It doesn't feel good,'' Napoli said of being beaned by a knuckler, insisting he had no lingering effects.

Junichi Tazawa (3-3) worked one inning for the win. Heath Hembree allowed three runs in the 11th, but Boston held on.

Pedroia homered off R.A. Dickey in the first and Middlebrooks made it 3-0 with a two-out double, but Toronto tied with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth.

The Red Sox reclaimed the lead against Dustin McGowan in the seventh on an RBI single by Cespedes, but Jose Bautista led off the bottom half with a tying homer off Alex Wilson, snapping an 0 for 17 slump.

SUSTAINED POWER

Bautista is the third player in Blue Jays history to record five consecutive seasons with 25 or more home runs. The others are Joe Carter, who did it six times between 1991 and 1996, and Carlos Delgado, who did it nine times from 1996 to 2004.

PROTEST DENIED

Major League Baseball denied a protest filed by Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon in Saturday's game, which Toronto won 5-4. Maddon protested after crew chief Bob Davidson allowed Gibbons to challenge a pickoff play at first base after pitcher Mark Buehrle had returned to the rubber and batter Yunel Escobar had returned to the box. ''We might have been winless for the week if they'd nailed that thing,'' a relieved Gibbons said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: DH David Ortiz (right foot) sat out his second straight game. Ortiz left Sunday's game against Seattle in the sixth, two innings after fouling a ball off his foot. Manager John Farrell said Ortiz, who skipped batting practice, could play Wednesday.

Blue Jays: OF Colby Rasmus (illness) was scratched from the lineup shortly before first pitch and replaced by Kevin Pillar, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo earlier Tuesday. Toronto designated OF Nolan Reimold for assignment to make room for Pillar.

UP NEXT

Red Sox RH Joe Kelly (0-1) takes on Blue Jays RH Marcus Stroman (7-5) in Wednesday's series finale. Stroman has lost his last three decisions and allowed a career-high 10 hits in his previous start, Aug. 22 against Tampa Bay.

 
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Players of the Game
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Toronto

M. Kawasaki
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brock Holt, SS5320011.291.343.391
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5224102.281.341.382
Yoenis Cespedes, LF6031022.261.302.466
Mike Napoli, DH5223035.259.381.441
Daniel Nava, RF6110016.261.336.338
Allen Craig, 1B5112121.233.290.349
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6011040.191.269.291
Mookie Betts, CF5110100.254.346.394
Christian Vazquez, C4110010.225.287.275
Rubby De La Rosa, P0000000.000.000.000
   Tommy Layne, P0000000.000.000.000
   Alex Wilson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000.000.000.000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000.000.000.000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000.000.000.000
   Heath Hembree, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals47111411314    
Batting
2B - Daniel Nava (15, Santos), Will Middlebrooks (8, Dickey)
HR - Dustin Pedroia (7, Dickey), Mike Napoli (16, Santos), Allen Craig (8, Santos)
SH - Brock Holt (5), Christian Vazquez (3)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia 4 (51), Yoenis Cespedes (87), Mike Napoli 3 (50), Allen Craig 2 (46), Will Middlebrooks (15)
2-OUT RBI - Will Middlebrooks (7)
SB - Dustin Pedroia (6, 3rd base off Cecil/Thole)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Badenhop-Holt-Craig
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rubby De La Rosa 4.2733200 3.81
Tommy Layne 0.1100010 0.84
Alex Wilson 1211111 1.76
Burke Badenhop 2000000 2.47
Edward Mujica 1100110 4.20
Junichi Tazawa (W,3-3) 1100000 2.95
Heath Hembree 1333100 4.50
IBB - Encarnacion by Edward Mujica
HBP - Kawasaki (by Burke Badenhop)
Pitches-Strikes - Rubby De La Rosa 99-61, Tommy Layne 8-5, Alex Wilson 25-17, Burke Badenhop 17-11, Edward Mujica 21-14, Junichi Tazawa 12-7, Heath Hembree 31-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rubby De La Rosa 4-10, Alex Wilson 1-1, Burke Badenhop 3-2, Edward Mujica 1-1, Junichi Tazawa 3-0, Heath Hembree 1-2
Batters Faced - Rubby De La Rosa 23, Tommy Layne 2, Alex Wilson 6, Burke Badenhop 6, Edward Mujica 5, Junichi Tazawa 4, Heath Hembree 7
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Reyes, SS6020005.291.335.412
Melky Cabrera, LF6121001.310.362.468
Jose Bautista, RF5211104.281.397.500
Adam Lind, DH4020102.317.383.476
   Steve Tolleson, PR-DH-P1110000.233.298.363
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B5001105.264.354.559
Juan Francisco, 3B3110101.224.294.466
   a-Dioner Navarro, PH-C2112012.272.311.387
Josh Thole, C3000112.261.344.297
   Danny Valencia, 3B2011000.287.335.385
Kevin Pillar, CF6010012.217.213.304
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B4131001.277.332.319
R.A. Dickey, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dustin McGowan, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Sanchez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Casey Janssen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Sergio Santos, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals47715753    
a-struck out for Francisco in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (29, De La Rosa), Adam Lind 2 (19, De La Rosa), Dioner Navarro (16, Hembree), Danny Valencia (11, Hembree), Kevin Pillar (4, Tazawa), Munenori Kawasaki (6, Wilson)
HR - Jose Bautista (25, Wilson)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (70), Jose Bautista (78), Edwin Encarnacion (76), Dioner Navarro 2 (57), Danny Valencia (14), Munenori Kawasaki (11)
2-OUT RBI - Dioner Navarro 2 (22), Danny Valencia (6), Munenori Kawasaki (2)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kevin Pillar 1
DP - Kawasaki-Reyes-Encarnacion
E - Juan Francisco (11, Throwing), Casey Janssen (1, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Josh Thole (7)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey 6531261 4.00
Dustin McGowan 0.1211100 4.08
Brett Cecil 0.2000020 3.40
Aaron Loup 1.1100010 2.85
Aaron Sanchez 0.2100010 1.83
Casey Janssen (L,3-2) 1243020 3.93
Sergio Santos 0.1333012 8.57
Steve Tolleson 0.2000010 0.00
HBP - Napoli (by R.A. Dickey)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 106-67, Dustin McGowan 19-9, Brett Cecil 8-6, Aaron Loup 23-15, Aaron Sanchez 13-9, Casey Janssen 27-16, Sergio Santos 21-16, Steve Tolleson 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 10-2, Dustin McGowan 1-0, Aaron Loup 3-0, Aaron Sanchez 1-0, Casey Janssen 3-0
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 26, Dustin McGowan 4, Brett Cecil 2, Aaron Loup 5, Aaron Sanchez 3, Casey Janssen 7, Sergio Santos 4, Steve Tolleson 2
Game Information
Attendance - 27321
Game Time - 4:33
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Tom Hallion