Red Sox - 001 010 110 - 4 10 4And so the road trip ends.
Blue Jays - 000 241 00x - 7 5 0
Beckett was very sharp early on. Ellsbury bopped a solo homer in the second to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. Beckett walked Rios to start the fourth and Wells followed with a home run. But Varitek came back with a solo shot in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2.
Beckett retired the first two Jays in the fifth, but gave up a little flair to left to Hill, who stole second. After Rios worked an eight-pitch walk, Beckett passed Wells on four straight. In came Delcarmen -- whose first pitch was clubbed to deep left center by Thomas for a grand slam.
Down by three in the 9th, the Sox rallied. Lowell reached on an infield single and with one out, Varitek lined a hit to right center. Ellsbury lined a 1-2 pitch just foul down the left field line before striking out. With two outs, it could have been redemption time for Lugo -- who committed three errors -- but he lofted a routine fly to center to complete the Toronto sweep.
Josh Beckett (145 ERA+, 2007) / Roy Halladay (103 ERA+)
Beckett returns. Yesterday, it was reported that "the back spasm that forced [Beckett] out of his March 8 spring training start in Fort Myers had its origins in the hip area."
After the first week, my back really responded to the treatment, and once we got rid of the back spasms, basically what we had to do was just strengthen my hip. That's kind of where the problem lied. I think the back spasms were just more of protecting my hip. ...Halladay lost to the Yankees on April 1 in his first start, allowing seven hits and three runs in seven innings.
Once we got the hip to where I could throw every day, throw bullpens, then it was just getting into games and building up.