The Red Sox rallied late to get a split in their day/night doubleheader last night, beating the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-5, after getting whacked in the first game, 8-1.
The loss just about buries the Blue Jays, as instead of being 5 1/2 back with a sweep, they are now 7 1/2 back. The Red Sox were also fortunate that the Yankees also rallied at the same time in their second game against Tampa Bay last night and won 6-5. The Rays also split their twinbill with New York so the Sox are still 2 back in the AL East.
Bartolo Colon pitched six innings last night but only had one bad inning, the second, as the Jays scored five runs off him, which was aided by Jed Lowrie's second error of the season. The Red Sox had scored two in the first. They chipped away and got the score to 5-4 by the eighth. They tied the score on Jason Bay's double and Lowrie's single. Two outs later he was on third when Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 20-foot roller along the first base line and made it to first when Toronto pitcher Scott Downs slipped and fell leaving the mound, and Lowrie walked in with the go-ahead run.
David Ortiz added an RBI double, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to get the Red Sox a really huge win last night. Minnesota swept the Baltimore Orioles last night in their doubleheader, so the Red Sox Wild Card lead is now at 5 games.
Jon Lester takes the mound today in the finale against the Blue Jays and Roy Halladay.