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Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3 (10)

8/15/2013

TORONTO -- The Red Sox generated a bit more late-game magic on Wednesday, but it only set the stage for an extra-innings walk-off loss, as Boston dropped a 4-3 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. After Mike Napoli's two-out, two-run homer tied the game in the ninth, the Sox couldn't score the go-ahead run despite loading the bases later in the inning. This opened the door for Toronto's Brett Lawrie to deliver a game-winning single off Stephen Drew's glove in the bottom of the 10th.

While Drew wasn't charged with an error despite getting a glove on Lawrie's hard-hit ball, it was yet another tough defensive play in a game that saw the Sox tie their season high in errors with three. It was the second time in less than a week (5-1 loss to the Royals on Aug. 8) that Boston cracked the three-error plateau.

Jon Lester was responsible for two of those errors, one coming on a bizarre play that will undoubtedly become a blooper-reel staple. In the third, Rajai Davis hit a ball off of Lester's glove and the southpaw's underhanded toss to first went wide into foul territory. Right fielder Shane Victorino attempted to throw out Davis at third, but his throw fell short, hitting the sliding Davis and bouncing toward the Jays dugout. Victorino and Lester were both charged with throwing errors as Davis made it all the way home on his single.

Napoli snapped his 0-for-16 slump in a big way with his homer, his 15th of the year and his first since July 24. The first baseman entered the game on an 8-for-61 slide that saw him dropped to the seventh spot in the batting order on Wednesday.

David Ortiz was responsible for Boston's first run, as the slugger launched a 3-2 pitch from Esmil Rogers over the right-center-field wall in the sixth inning. It was Ortiz's 23rd homer of the season and his 48th career long ball against Toronto, the third-most of any opposing batter against the Jays (Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez each have 54). According to ESPN Stats & Information, Ortiz's blast traveled 437 feet and left the bat at 118.8 mph. That's the fastest speed off the bat for any Ortiz home run since the start of 2006.