Kyle Synder pitched the game of his life (7-2-0-2-8, 94), Mike Lowell hit another home run, the eventual winning run scored on a Ted Lilly balk, Bengie Molina was thrown out trying to advance to third on a fly ball to right (snuffing out a Toronto rally in the 8th) and the trio of Jonathan Papelbon, Craig Breslow and Mike Timlin quieted the Jays (eventually) in the ninth.
Papelbon started the inning, but after allowing two singles and a force play, he made a wild pickoff throw to second base, then left the game holding his right shoulder. He was also stretching out his neck after a few earlier pitches, so maybe it's just a twinge/pinched nerve of some sort. ... This injury shit is surreal.
Breslow came with a 2-2 count on Lyle Overbay, and struck him out. Timlin allowed an infield single to Alex Rios that brought in one run, but he got Molina on a grounder to short to save the victory.
It looks like we'll gain a game in the wild card. Now only 5.5 games back, with three games against the White Sox next week.
Ted Lilly (4.78) / Kyle Snyder (6.91), 7 PM
The Red Sox have called up pitcher Craig Breslow and outfielder David Murphy from Pawtucket. ... David Ortiz will likely not play this weekend.
Changes To Weekend Game Times: Saturday (was 7 PM, now 1 PM) and Sunday (was 2 PM, now 4 PM).
Also Tonight: Twins at Yankees; White Sox at Royals.