Red Sox - 010 000 100 - 2 6 1Penny (5-8-6-1-3, 82) allowed six hits and five runs in the fourth and fifth innings and the Red Sox were sufficiently kept off balance by Rzepczynski, who was credited with his first major league victory.
Blue Jays - 010 320 00x - 6 8 0
Without one in the fourth, three straight singles broke a 1-1 tie and gave Toronto a one-run lead, then Bautista's double made it 4-1. (Penny bemoaned that pitch, a hanging curve, afterwards.) Scutaro began the fifth with a double and one out later, Lind homered to left for a 6-1 score.
Boston had taken a 1-0 lead on Jason Bay's double and Rocco Baldelli's single. Then they squandered a possible big inning. After Baldelli's hit, the Sox had men at first and third with no outs, but Jed Lowrie struck out looking, George Kottaras fouled to third and J.D. Drew grounded to second.
Kevin Youkilis doubled with one out in the third and was stranded at third. With runners at first and second and one out in the fifth, Yook struck out and David Ortiz grounded to second. Lowell began the ninth with a double -- and was stranded there.
Lowrie hit reliever Jesse Carlson's first pitch of the seventh for his first home run of the season.
Justin Masterson pitched two innings, retiring all six men he faced in the sixth and seventh, on 22 pitches.
The Yankees beat the Tigers 2-1, so Boston's East lead is back down to two games.
Brad Penny (4.71, 99 ERA+) / Marc Rzepczynski (3.00, 144 ERA+)
Rzepczynski is making his third major league start (and appearance) -- and his Skydome debut. In 12 major league innings, he has allowed seven walks and seven hits, while striking out 12.
Daniel Bard has retired 29 of his last 31 hitters (including four of four last night), 17 of them by strikeout. He has also stranded his last six inherited runners, dating back to June 16.
I'm trusting my stuff earlier in the count, which has allowed me to get ahead of guys. It's amazing what happens when you get ahead of guys.In Bard's last six appearances, he has thrown 77% strikes and batters are hitting .037/.036/.074.