The Red Sox started off the three-game series in Toronto on a good note, winning 7-5. The Sox scored seven, which was one run more than they scored at Yankee Stadium in the previous three games combined. They did despite a rotten outing by Daisuke Matsuzaka.
They gave him a 4-1 lead by the third, but he gave it right back, walking two batters ahead of Travis Snider's three-run shot. He also allowed a solo home run to Adam Lind. Just when you want to start liking the guy...
He left with a 5-4 lead in the sixth, and Felix Doubront came in with the bases loaded and got out unscathed. But he allowed a home run to Jose Bautista in the 7th that tied the game.
Mike Lowell belted a home run that untied it in the 8th, and Jed Lowrie continued his fine hitting with an RBI double after Ryan Kalish's pinch single. Manny Delcarmen pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Jonathan Paplebon got his 29th save to preserve an important win.
New York lost in Texas in 10 innings, as David Murphy singled in the winning run off loser Mariano Rivera. Tampa Bay also won, so the Red Sox remained 4 1/2 behind the Rays and 5 behind New York.
The Red Sox brought up Jarrod Saltalamacchia today and placed Kevin Cash on the DL with a hamstring strain.
The news also continues to be good on Dustin Pedroia, as he will play two rehab games at Pawtucket on Saturday and Sunday, and if that goes well, he will be in a Red Sox uniform on Tuesday night against the Angels.