Boston gained plenty of momentum over the weekend, but it hasn’t carried over to its series against Toronto.
The Red Sox look to salvage a split of their two-game series with the Blue Jays as the teams play Tuesday at Fenway Park.
Boston (12-6) swept the New York Yankees in three games at Fenway for the first time since 1990 over the weekend and came into Monday’s series opener on a five-game winning streak.
However, the Red Sox sputtered against the Blue Jays on Monday, failing to homer and getting just one extra-base hit in a 7-3 loss. Julio Lugo went 0-for-5, and has just two hits in his last 23 at-bats, while Wily Mo Pena extended his strikeout streak to five straight at-bats before hitting into a forceout in the fourth.
“It just seemed like it was a lethargic day,” catcher Doug Mirabelli said. “There wasn’t the energy that we’ve had.”
The Blue Jays (9-10), meanwhile, ended a five-game losing streak and bounced back after being swept in a three-game series in Baltimore over the weekend. They have not swept the Red Sox since taking three games in Toronto from May 24-26, 2005, and have not pulled off a series sweep at Fenway since taking three games from June 22-24, 2001.
“It was good to go out and get everything right,” Hill said. “It’s good to see the Big Man hitting his homers. It got us going.”
“It’s not going to be easy” without Ryan, manager John Gibbons said, “but you’ve got to do it.”
Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay (2-0, 2.37 ERA) and Julian Tavarez (0-1, 6.75) will face off for the second time in five days on Tuesday. Halladay gave up two runs in 7 1-3 innings in Toronto’s 5-3 loss to Boston on Thursday, while Tavarez allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings. Neither received a decision, as Toronto’s bullpen was reached for three runs in the final two innings.
Halladay was coming off a 2-1 win over Detroit in which he pitched all 10 innings. He is 8-7 with a 4.51 ERA in 28 career appearances, including 25 starts, against the Red Sox, and is 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA in 12 starts at Fenway.
“Every loss is disappointing, and obviously you want to see Doc get his win,” said center fielder Vernon Wells told the Blue Jays’ official Web site. “He battled and gave us a chance to win. Unfortunately, this time, we weren’t able to do it for him.”
Tavarez, Boston’s fifth starter, was pitching for the first time since April 7. He is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 20 career outings, including four starts, against Toronto.
“Instead of being to the point where you get a little sluggish, his ball had a lot of life,” manager Terry Francona said.