Red Sox head north looking for rare win streak
The glass-half-full crowd will say that the Red Sox have won two of their last three series. The cynics will quickly point out that the Sox still have a brutal record of 34-43 and that they have won three games in a row over the same team just once this entire season. They put together a two-game win streak 10 days ago with a win at Atlanta and then at Kansas City, but stringing together wins has been an obvious issue.
The Sox will look for another rare two-game victory streak tonight in Toronto (7 p.m., NESN) when they play the 41-36 Blue Jays. Toronto is firmly in a heated AL East race, as is every other team in the division minus the Red Sox. The Jays sit just a game behind the first-place Rays, the team the Sox took two-ofthree from this past weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Boston used the longball to its advantage in a 5-3 Sunday win over the Rays as Pablo Sandoval, Alejandro De Aza and David Ortiz all went deep. It was especially impressive for the Sox considering they scored all five of their runs off of Tampa Bay pitching sensation, Chris Archer. Sox starter Justin Masterson actually outpitched Archer in the series finale, working five innings and allowing just one run on five hits.
Clay Buchholz (5-6) will take the ball for the Sox tonight against the Blue Jays. Toronto will counter with R.A. Dickey (3-7).
Other than Mike Napoli’s ejection for arguing a called third strike, the Red Sox had a fine Sunday in Florida.