Red Sox - 010 120 011 - 6 12 0 Blue Jays - 010 020 100 - 4 12 3Mike Napoli's groundout to third base in the top of the eighth inning brought home Jonny Gomes with the run that snapped a 4-4 tie. Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan held the line, as the Red Sox improved their record to 3-1.
Napoli also hit the team's first home run of the season: a two-run shot to right in the fifth. Will Middlebrooks added a solo shot in the ninth.
With one out in the top of the eighth, Esmil Rogers walked pinch-hitter Gomes and surrendered a double (on an 0-2 pitch) to Dustin Pedroia. Napoli, who finished the night with three RBI, then brought Gomes home.
In the home half of the eighth, Andrew Bailey gave up a double to Rajai Davis with one out, and then walked Cody Rasmus to rachet up the tension. Adam Lind flied to center (moving Davis to third) and Maicer Izturis did the same, ending the threat.
Hanrahan walked Melky Cabrera with two outs in the ninth, but got Edwin Encarnacion on a ground ball to second to save the victory.
Shane Victorino had two hits and scored Boston's first two runs. ... Jackie Bradley reached base three times. ... Jose Iglesias was drilled by a pitch on the right forearm and left the game after three innings. ... His replacement, Pedro Ciriaco, singled and doubled, and was part of a double steal with Jacoby Ellsbury. ... Doubront: 5-9-3-0-6, 90.
For the Jays, Jose Reyes went 4-for-5, with two doubles and a home run. Emilio Bonifacio had a horrific night: he struck out four times and made three errors at second base (two on consecutive plays in the fourth).
Ellsbury, CFThe rest of the series:
Saturday: John Lackey / J.A. Happ
Sunday: Jon Lester / R.A. Dickey