Blue Jays - 020 020 000 - 5 10 0Johnathan Papelbon loads the bases with one out in the ninth, but strikes out the next two batters for the save.
Red Sox - 000 320 01x - 6 10 0
The winning pitcher (Okajima, 3 pitches) and losing pitcher (Brian Tallet, 7 pitches) each faced only one batter. Jeemer got the last out in the eighth once play had resumed and Tallet walked Ortiz to start the Boston eighth.
The Sox went ahead on Casey Kotchman's fielder's choice -- after David Ortiz had walked, Drew doubled and Varitek was intentionally walked. Kotchman's hot shot was to the right of Lyle Overbay at first base; it rolled away from him and his only play was to second base for the force, as Flo scored.
The Yankees beat the White Sox 5-2 in 10 innings and the Twins held on to beat the Rangers 3-2, so Boston remains 6 GB in the East, but is now 2.5 GA of Texas in the Wild Card.
11:01 PM: Game is back on, after a 49-minute delay. And Okajima strands the runner.
10:12 PM: Rain delay with two outs in the top of the eighth and a runner at third base.
Beckett (5-5-5-5-9, 108) did not have it for the third consecutive start, throwing 80 pitches in the first three innings. He allowed a three-run homer to Aaron Hill and a two-run dong to Rod Barajas.
Boston got five hits in the fourth and RBIs from J.D. Drew, Jason Varitek and Jacoby Ellsbury. Jason Bay tied the game in the fifth with his 29th home run.
Scott Richmond (4.09, 107 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (3.65, 130 ERA+)
13.1 innings, 18 hits, 15 runs (including eight dongs).
That's the damage done to Beckett in his last two outings by the Blue Jays (August 18) and Yankees (August 23). It came as a bit of a shock, as in 16 starts before those outings, Beckett had a 1.93 ERA over 116.1 innings. John Farrell insists there is nothing physically wrong.
Jacoby Ellsbury hopes to play tonight after suffering a left high-ankle sprain last night. Francona was "hopeful" LBJ could play and said the injury didn't seem to be "anything more than a nagging thing".
The other games in this series:
Saturday, 7 PM: Ricky Romero/Clay BuchholzOn The Big Board: White Sox/Yankees (Buehrle/Sabathia) at 7 and Rangers/Twins at 8.
Sunday, 1:30 PM: Roy Halladay/Jon Lester