Blue Jays - 000 640 300 - 13 16 0 Red Sox - 000 050 000 - 5 8 1We knew it couldn't last, but why did it have to end?
Eduardo Rodriguez's historic dominance to kick off his major league career - one of the few bright spots in this season of woe - came to an end this afternoon.
Rodriguez (4.2-8-9-3-1, 87) was hoping to escape the fourth inning down by only three runs, but Ryan Goins's homer with two on boosted the Blue Jays' lead to 6-0. The third out also eluded Rodriguez in the fifth. After getting the first two Jays, he gave up a walk, a single, and a double - and his day was done. (And Danny Valecia drove reliever Steven Wright's first pitch out of the park for two more runs.) Rodriguez's ERA rose from 0.44 to 3.55.
David Ortiz crushed a three-run bomb in the fifth. Dustin Pedroia and Pablo Sandoval had two hits each. One of Sandoval's hits was a triple - and he hit it to left-center! The two Toronto outfielders both leapt for it at the wall and it caromed away.
This was the Red Sox's sixth straight loss - and it dropped them 8 GB in the East.
Ryan Hannable (WEEI) noted: "Sunday marks the 17th straight day the Red Sox have not gained ground in the AL East."
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