Red Sox - 004 000 100 01 - 6 9 0Coco Crisp's home run tied the game in the eighth, Jed Lowrie's second career dong gave the Red Sox a lead in the 11th and Manny Declarmen got the save -- though he needed 26 nerve-wracking pitches -- striking out Jose Bautista with a man on first.
Blue Jays - 200 102 000 00 - 5 9 0
Vernon Wells -- a one-man wrecking crew this weekend (6-for-9, with 3 home runs) -- hit a two-run shot in the first; he also added an RBI double in the sixth.
Burnett had made quick work of the Sox in the first two innings, throwing only 19 pitches, but Boston forced him to throw 32 pitches in the third. With one out, Burnett walked Alex Cora and Crisp, the two guys at the bottom of the order. He got Jacoby Ellsbury on a pop-up for the second out, but Dustin Pedroia blasted AJ's first pitch -- a high and inside 96-mph fastball -- to deep left for a three-run home run.
David Ortiz doubled and Kevin Youkilis singled him in and Boston led 4-2.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.77, 163 ERA+) / A.J. Burnett (4.51, 94 ERA+)
Nick Cafardo, Globe:
Your starting shortstop, third baseman, right fielder, and No. 1 pitcher are out with injuries. One of your young starters was so bad he had to be demoted to Double A. You lost to a division rival, 11-0, yesterday as your other top hurler, Jon Lester, was pummeled and lasted 2.1 innings. Your wild-card lead is teetering.David Ortiz:
How are you feeling right about now?
We'll be fine, bro. We go through this shit every year. At the end of the day, we'll take another ring with us.***
Dice vs Toronto on April 30: 7-2-0-2-4
Burnett vs Boston on May 1: 7.2-3-0-5-5
Also: Yankees/Orioles at 1:30, Rays/White Sox at 2, Twins/Angels at 3:30.
We are 5.5 GB in the East, .5 GA of Chicago for the WC.