Quick hits: Sox 7, Blue Jays 5

August, 10, 2010
8/10/10
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TORONTO -- Quick hits on Red Sox 7, Jays 5:

* The race: Sox still trail Rays by 4 in wild card as Tampa beat the Tigers 8-0. But they moved within 5 of the Yankees in the AL East as New York lost 4-3 in 10 innings at Texas on a walk-off single by David Murphy off Mariano Rivera. Games left: 48

* The difference-maker: Mike Lowell, with a home run that broke 5-5 tie in the eighth. In seven games (six starts) since his return, Lowell is batting .240 (6-for-25) with two HRs and six RBIs.

* Keep the roof open: Seven of Boston’s 11 hits went for extra bases. J.D. Drew also homered, and David Ortiz and Jed Lowrie each had two doubles.

* Lineup change?: Look for Jacoby Ellsbury, who had two singles, to be restored to top of the order. Marco Scutaro was hitless in five trips and is 2 for his last 24.

* Positive development: With Daniel Bard unavailable, Manny Delcarmen pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and now has nine scoreless outings out of 10 since coming off the DL.

* Rest paid off: Lowrie, who did not play in the last three games of the Yankees series, hit three balls hard, the two doubles and one shot that was caught on the track. But it wasn’t all good for Lowrie. He also dropped a feed at second and was late to the bag on another.

* Stat of the night: Jonathan Papelbon is now 24-for-24 in save opportunities in his career against the Blue Jays. He has allowed four earned runs in 44 innings, an 0.82 ERA.

* Quoteboard: “Tonight was like our whole season. It wasn’t perfect, but we kept playing.’’
--Manager Terry Francona

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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