TORONTO -- An 11-7 score doesn't usually hint at extra innings, yet the Red Sox indeed needed a bit of overtime to put the Blue Jays away on Tuesday night.
With the bases loaded in the top of the 11th, Dustin Pedroia broke a 4-4 tie with a sharp grounder through the drawn-in Toronto infield to score two runs. The hit capped a big night for Pedroia, who went 2-for-5 with a homer and matched a season high with four RBIs.
Two batters later, Mike Napoli then crushed an 0-2 fastball from Sergio Santos into the Rogers Centre's upper deck for a three-run homer. It was the 17th time a player has homered into the upper deck in the stadium's 26-year history. Allen Craig added a two-run blast in the frame to make it an even 11 runs for 11 innings played for the Sox.
Napoli's homer ended up being the game-winning hit as the Jays rebounded for three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The outburst put Boston ahead for good after they blew leads of 3-0 and 4-3 earlier in the game. It was the second night in a row that the Red Sox frittered away a three-run lead to the Jays before winning in extra innings.
Early lead: A passed ball from Jays catcher Josh Thole helped the Red Sox score two unearned runs as part of a three-run first inning. Leadoff batter Brock Holt struck out swinging but advanced to first on Thole's miscue, and Pedroia capitalized with a two-run homer into the second deck in left.
Napoli singled and Craig walked later in the inning, leading to another run when Will Middlebrooks blasted a double to deep center field. The Sox nearly extended their lead to 4-0 but Craig was thrown out at the plate; the call stood after a replay review from umpiring crew chief Tom Hallion.
Pedey power: Pedroia also homered in Monday's 4-3 win over the Jays, marking the first time the second baseman has gone deep in consecutive games since July 30-31, 2013.
Rubby's rough night: Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa labored through 99 pitches over just 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday night. Despite all those pitches, De La Rosa didn't record any strikeouts, and all of that contact resulted in three runs allowed on seven hits and two walks.
The lack of punchouts continues a troubling pattern for De La Rosa, as he now has only 64 strikeouts over 94 innings (6.13 K/9) with Boston. This is a drop from not only his career 7.18 K/9 but a significant step down from his minor league totals, when De La Rosa averaged almost a strikeout per inning (370 K's in 373 1/3 IP). De La Rosa struck out eight batters in his previous start, tying a season high.
On tap: The Red Sox will look for the sweep when they wrap up their series in Toronto on Wednesday. Joe Kelly will make his fifth start in a Boston uniform while rookie Marcus Stroman starts for the Jays.