BOSTON (AP) -- Jonathan Papelbon got the save after scaring the
Red Sox for the second consecutive game.
The rookie closer, who gave up a go-ahead double the previous
night, needed a visit from the trainer after catching his spike on
the pitching rubber with one strike to go in Boston's 7-4 victory
over the Blue Jays on Thursday night. But he stayed in and got
Vernon Wells on a comebacker to earn his 11th save in 11 chances.
"He wanted to make sure he was OK," Red Sox manager Terry
Francona said. "That time in the game, you don't want to leave a
pitch over the plate because you're feeling it somewhere else in
Matt Clement (3-2) held Toronto to two hits over six innings and
Kevin Youkilis had a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who scored five
in the first off Josh Towers.
Clement did not allow a runner past first base until there were
two outs in the sixth, when Lyle Overbay doubled to score Troy
Glaus and spoil Clement's shutout bid. The right-hander allowed
only one run with four walks while striking out three.
up Glaus' two-run homer in the eighth, the slugger's ninth of the
ninth to make it 7-4, then Aaron Hill singled and Papelbon came in.
He struck out Russ Adams, who doubled off him in the ninth
inning of Toronto's 7-6 victory Wednesday. With two on, Papelbon
got ahead of Wells 0-2, then third baseman Mike Lowell called time
and Francona led the training staff to the mound.
"My back foot got stuck in the rubber. When I went to release,
my leg didn't come over," Papelbon said. "It was a little scary.
No one ever wants to go on the DL. I just started to walk it off,
to make sure the pain didn't continue."
Towers (0-6) became the first six-game loser in the majors,
allowing five runs in the first inning, settling down, then giving
up Youkilis' homer in the sixth. The Blue Jays are 5-3 against the
Red Sox this season, and all the losses have come in Towers'
"He's about as low as he can go right now. He's got to go up,"
Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "You feel for him. You love
everything about the way the guy goes about his business. He's just
in a rut. He's had no breather. I'll tell you one thing: he won't
Boston had 12 hits -- three by Youkilis but none by David Ortiz,
hitless for the second consecutive game. Manny Ramirez was the only
other batter in the Red Sox starting lineup without a hit.
Youkilis grounded out leading off the first, then six of the
next seven batters reached base against Towers. The right-hander
allowed just four singles over the next four innings before Lowell,
who had a two-run double in the first, doubled and scored on
Youkilis' second homer of the year.
"I'll take consolation when I stop giving up seven runs a
game," Towers said. "I haven't been getting it done, and the
team's going to have to make some decisions."Game notes
Wells has reached base safely in all 27 Toronto games,
streak to begin a season. ... Adams, who snapped an 0-for-14 slump
with his big hit Wednesday, was moved from the No. 8 spot to
leadoff in the batting order. ... Boston LHP David Wells threw 40
pitches off a mound and is scheduled to throw another 40-45 pitches
on Sunday, 50-60 on Wednesday and pitch a simulated game next
Saturday. If all goes well, he could appear in a minor league rehab
stint May 18, manager Terry Francona said. ... The Red Sox optioned
1B Hee-Seop Choi to Triple-A Pawtucket after activating him from
the disabled list. ... Commissioner Bud Selig was at the game and
in town to honor the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, who got their
logo on the Green Monster.
- Home Plate Umpire - Hunter Wendelstedt
- First Base Umpire - Sam Holbrook
- Second Base Umpire - Randy Marsh
- Third Base Umpire - Angel Hernandez