TORONTO -- It took a bit longer than the Boston Red Sox would've liked, yet an extra inning of work was a small price to pay in order to snap the club's eight-game losing streak.
Yoenis Cespedes' line-drive single in the 10th inning scored Brock Holt and put Boston ahead for good in a dramatic 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. Holt delivered a one-out single and then stole both second and third to set up Cespedes' big hit. Since being dealt to the Sox from the A's on July 31, Cespedes is hitting .267 (23-for-86) with 19 RBIs in 22 games.
The Red Sox held a 3-0 lead with one out in the ninth inning, yet after the Jays loaded the bases, Koji Uehara couldn't hold the lead. Uehara traded an out for a run on an Adam Lind fielder's choice, and then allowed a two-run double to Edwin Encarnacion that tied the game.
Koji Concerns: Uehara recorded both the win and a blown save, and though he wasn't credited with any of Toronto's runs, it was another shaky outing from the closer. Prior to Monday, Uehara had allowed seven runs over his previous 2 2/3 innings of work. By comparison, Uehara allowed only nine earned runs total over 74 1/3 IP during his dominant 2013 season.
Clay was close: Clay Buchholz was dominant for much of the game but was chased after 8 1/3 IP after allowing two singles and a walk. Buchholz finished with three runs allowed on four hits and two walks over 103 pitches. While Buchholz recorded only four strikeouts, he did a solid job of limiting contact, retiring 15 Jays on ground-ball outs.
Despite the tough ending, Buchholz now has three quality starts from his last four outings, as the right-hander continues to show signs that he's coming out of his season-long funk.
Big inning: The Red Sox delivered their sixth multi-homer inning of the season when Mookie Betts and Pedroia both went deep in the fifth off Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. Betts hit a one-out blast into the second deck of the Rogers Centre for his second homer of the season.
With Christian Vazquez on first base later in the inning, Pedroia added to the power parade. The second baseman connected on the first pitch he saw from Happ, a 78-mph curveball that curved right into Pedroia's zone, and the ball ended up sailing over the left-field wall.
Challenge accepted: The Red Sox were on the winning end of three replay challenges in the game. Manager John Farrell was quick to call for a review when Betts was called out on a stolen-base attempt in the seventh, and replays showed that Betts indeed beat the tag.
The Blue Jays challenged two plays (a Munenori Kawasaki grounder in the ninth and Holt's steal of second in the 10th) but both calls stood after further review.