Blue Jays Shutout Red Sox, Walk Off In 11
TORONTO (AP) — Brett Lawrie homered in the 11th inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday.
Lawrie homered to center off Dan Wheeler (2-2) with two outs in the 11th, his eighth homer since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 4.
Shawn Camp (3-3) pitched one scoreless inning for the win as the Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak.
Boston lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Red Sox starter Josh Beckett left in the fourth inning with a sprained right ankle. Manager Terry Francona and trainer Mike Reinold came to the mound after the right-hander threw a ball to Lawrie. After a brief discussion, Beckett walked off the field without assistance and was replaced by right-hander Alfredo Aceves.
An All-Star for the third time this season, Beckett came in having won his past three starts. He allowed three hits in 3 2-3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
Blue Jays right-hander Henderson Alvarez pitched six scoreless innings, extending his shutout streak to 14 innings. Alvarez allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four.
Alvarez retired the first eight batters in order before Marco Scutaro singled in the third. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled him to third but Dustin Pedroia grounded out to end the threat.
The Red Sox put runners at first and second with two outs in the fourth but Josh Reddick struck out looking.
Scutaro hit a one-out double in the fifth but was caught in a rundown after Alvarez grabbed Ellsbury’s grounder to the mound. Ellsbury tried to advance to second but was thrown out, completing the 1-5-6 double play.
Carlos Villanueva replaced Alvarez and walked Kevin Youkilis to begin the seventh. After Carl Crawford flied out, Reddick singled to right and both runners advanced on Jason Varitek’s grounder. Scutaro ended the inning by grounding out to shortstop.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-out double off Casey Janssen in the eighth and David Ortiz was intentionally walked to bring up Youkilis, who struck out looking.
Toronto put a runner at third base three times in the first four innings. Edwin Encarnacion struck out to end the first, Jose Molina grounded out and Dewayne Wise struck out in the second and, after Aceves walked Lawrie in the fourth, Molina ended the inning by flying out to right.
Aceves left after walking Mike McCoy and hitting Eric Thames with one out in the eighth. Daniel Bard came on and got Jose Bautista to fly out, then struck out Adam Lind.
Jonathan Papelbon struck out Lind on three pitches to leave the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th.
NOTES: Boston recalled C Ryan Lavarnway and RHP Kyle Weiland and purchased the contract of INF Nate Spears, all from Triple-A Pawtucket. … Red Sox LHP Erik Bedard (left knee) will be skipped in his next scheduled start, Friday at Tampa Bay. … Francona said RHP Bobby Jenks (back) is unlikely to pitch again this season. … Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar (left wrist) missed his second straight game. … Toronto reinstated RHP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) off the 60-day DL. McGowan last pitched in the majors July 8, 2008. … Blue Jays manager John Farrell returned after missing 10 games with pneumonia. … Wise made a superb diving catch on Crawford’s sinking liner to center to begin the ninth.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)