Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays Fall Two Games Back of AL East Lead Following Loss to Red Sox

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays Fall Two Games Back of AL East Lead Following Loss to Red Sox

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Red Sox bats overwhelm Blue Jays in 11-8 loss


TORONTO - Dropping two of three games to the Boston Red Sox in Toronto is not what the Blue Jays wanted.

But Troy Tulowitzki and his teammates say the American League East pennant race is far from over. He hit a grand slam and Edwin Encarnacion added two home runs on Sunday as Toronto dropped the rubber match of their three-game series to Boston 11-8.

The loss puts the Blue Jays into a tie with the Baltimore Orioles for second in the AL East, two games back of the Red Sox.

Toronto had been in first as recently as Sept. 6, but has lost seven of its past 10 games to tumble down the standings. At the same time, Boston has won seven of its past 10 and Baltimore six of its past 10, including a 3-1 win over Detroit on Sunday.

"There's still a lot of time left. What, 20 games left? There's a lot of time," said Tulowitzki, who noted the Blue Jays final regular-season series will be in Boston. "A lot of things can happen. I think we've been jockeying for position the whole year, just right now we're two games back.

"We would've liked to have won the series but, unfortunately, we didn't. We'll move on."

Jackie Bradley Jr., David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez all hit home runs as Boston's big bats dominated the game. Clay Buchholz (6-10) threw just three innings, giving up six runs before making way for the Red Sox (80-62) bullpen. Heath Hembree, Noe Ramirez, Robbie Ross Jr., Brad Ziegler, Fernando Abad, Matt Barnes, Koji Uehera and Craig Kimbrel all came on in relief.

Hembree allowed two runs, while Ross (3-2) earned the win.

"It's two good teams," said Tulowitzki, still wearing eyeblack in the Blue Jays clubhouse. "They're good over there, we're good. They know that, we know that. It's going to come down to the end and it's going to be exciting."

Starter Aaron Sanchez gave up six runs over 3 2/3 innings of work, striking out two for Toronto (78-64). Brett Cecil, Joe Biagini, Aaron Loup, Bo Schultz, Joaquin Benoit, Danny Barnes, Matt Dermody and Ryan Tepera all combined for 5 1/3 innings, giving up a combined five runs.

Schultz was charged with the loss, his first of the season. …

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