TORONTO -- A lack of situational hitting doomed the Red Sox as they wasted a quality Jake Peavy start in a 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday night.
The Boston lineup seemingly had Toronto starter Mark Buehrle on the ropes, as the Sox racked up 10 hits and two walks and put at least one runner in scoring position in five of Buehrle's seven innings. Despite all this pressure, however, the Red Sox could plate only one run. Daniel Nava scored on a Jacoby Ellsbury fielder's choice in the fourth that could've been an inning-ending double play were it not for a high throw from second baseman Munenori Kawasaki.
Dustin Pedroia was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Jonny Gomes line-drive single to left in the first inning. The throw from rookie left fielder Kevin Pillar arrived at home at the same time as Pedroia, who was blocked off the plate by catcher J.P. Arencibia and was tagged out after missing the plate while trying to score standing up.
The Red Sox stranded a total of 12 batters in the game and were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. It was an unusual performance for a club that hasn't had much trouble delivering clutch hits this season. The Sox entered Thursday leading the majors with 471 runs scored with runners in scoring position, and were tied with the Tigers for the league lead in runs scored (539) with men on base.
Peavy was almost untouchable through his first six innings, allowing just two hits and no walks. He ran into trouble in the seventh, however, giving up consecutive line-drive singles to Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie. Bautista scored on Lawrie's hit and Encarnacion later scored on a Mark DeRosa sacrifice fly. Peavy allowed two runs (both earned) on five hits and four strikeouts in his six-plus innings, a hard-luck loss for the veteran righty, who at the least rebounded well from a rough previous start in Kansas City.