Wakefield (7-3-0-1-5, 93) gets support! And we sweep the collapsing Blue Jays! (box)
Red Sox 3rd (leading 1-0): Mirabelli strikes out looking. Cora singles to left. Lugo grounds out second to first, Cora to second. Youkilis singles to left, Cora scores (2-0). Ortiz doubles to right-center, Youkilis scores (3-0). Ramirez singles to right, Ortiz scores (4-0). Drew singles to center, Ramirez to second. Lowell homers to left, Ramirez, Drew and Lowell score (7-0). Crisp doubles to left center. Mirabelli grounds out shortstop to first.
With one out in the fourth, Lugo singled, stole second and scored on Youkilis's second double of the game (and third hit). Youkilis scored the Sox's first run in the first on Ortiz's ground out. ... Lowell homered in each of the three Skydome games.
Halladay was seriously pwned (5-11-8-7-0-2, 86). His last two starts: 10.1 innings, 23 hits, 17 runs (16 earned). Since last Saturday, his ERA has ballooned from 2.28 to 4.37. (The Jays got even worse news before the game began -- B.J. Ryan had Tommy John surgery today and will be out until sometime next season.)
In the first, Wakefield retired Rios, then allowed singles to Lind and Wells, and walked Glaus. Bases loaded, one out. But he whiffed Thomas and Mirabelli picked Glaus off first to end the inning.
Wakefield retired the next 15 Jays hitters and 18 of the next 19. His 1.79 ERA leads the American League.
Boston (23-10) has a seven-game lead over the second-place Yankees (16-17, 14-2 losers this afternoon) in the East. ... And it's home to face the Orioles.
Tim Wakefield (2.11, 205 ERA+) / Roy Halladay (3.59, 123 ERA+)
In Wakefield's last 11 starts -- going back to July 17 -- the Red Sox have scored 16 runs while he's been in the game. This must stop.
Halladay allowed nine runs on 12 hits in 5.1 last Saturday in Texas. In 15.1 innings against Boston this year, he has allowed five runs (2.93).
The best hitter of all time (well, since 1977) against the Blue Jays? Mike Lowell. Among Toronto opponents with more than 100 at-bats, he is hitting .380 (49-for-129), with 17 doubles, nine home runs and 30 RBI in 34 games.
Boston has won 15 of its last 20 games. Toronto has lost eight straight.
Tala is sick, so we're not going to the game tonight. Which means only one thing ... BuffyVision.