#RedSox Game Summary (July 20) Stumbling into a Split

#RedSox Game Summary (July 20) Stumbling into a split. Red Sox starter Doug Fister struggled against the Toronto Blue Jays and a key misplay helped the Jays have a big inning, gaining them the series split. Toronto scored first, after Russell Martin doubled in the 1st and scored on a double by Josh Donaldson. In the 3rd, Fister walked two batters in a row, and after another out, a third, to load the bases for Steve Pearce. He popped up, and it looked like Fister was going to get out of the inning without damage, but the sun was shining directly in the eyes of Brock Holt, who was playing 2nd in place of Dustin Pedroia (Dustin was given a partial day off; he was the DH). Holt lost the ball, and 2 runs scored. After yet another walk, Ryan Goins drove in 2 more runs, for a 4 run Toronto inning. The Jays added to their lead with a solo jack by Justin Smoak in the 5th, and in the 6th, after reliever Fernando Abad walked 2 with one out, Ben Taylor came on to yield a single to Smoak, scoring another run. The Sox did not give up on this, however. They actually had the lead in the 2nd when Xander Bogaerts and Sandy Leon hit back-to-back doubles off Toronto starter Francisco Liriano, driving him from the game, to score one run, and 3 consecutive singles by Deven Marrero, Holt, and Mookie Betts scored 2 more, for a total of 3 (2 were charged to Liriano, and 1 to Dominic Leone, who relieved him). In the 7th, Pedey hit a 3 run smash over the Monster (La Luna!) to bring the Sox within 1 run (7-6). But in the 9th, Justin Smoak hit his 2nd homer of the game, a solo smash to left center off Brian Workman, to ice Toronto’s cake. The boys are still a little off-kilter following the All Star break. Toronto beat Boston, 8-6, at Fenway Park. Record: 54-43. Game 97/65.

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