Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox
Tip-off: Friday, May 10, 2013 – 7:10 PM ET
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
- Toronto: Ortiz (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
- Boston: Lester (4-0, 3.30 ERA)
The Boston Red Sox were once owners of the best record in the majors but now the team is out of the top spot in the AL East for the first time this MLB season.
Tonight Boston would like to get back on track and avoid its seventh defeat in eight games when they open a three-game series versus the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox (21-14) have one victory since a major league-best 20-8 start, falling percentage points behind the New York Yankees in the division and into a tie against the Baltimore Orioles for second.
Boston made a couple of errors and allowed four unearned runs in a 5-3 defeat last night as they dropped the last three of a four-game series versus the Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox have committed 11 errors over the last seven games after having that many in their first 28 contests.
The Red Sox will start with Jon Lester (4-0, 3.30 ERA) as they try to avoid a season-high fourth consecutive defeat.
YouWager experts consider the Washington native hasn’t been great lately, allowing 12 runs and four homers over his last three starts after yielding five runs and no homers in his first four.
The left-hander was incredible in a 13-0 victory versus the Blue Jays on April 7, striking out six over seven innings of five-hit ball. Lester wasn’t nearly as effective in the last meeting, leaving without a decision after giving up a season-high six runs over six innings in a 9-7 defeat April 30.
Lester is 5-2 with a 4.64 ERA in nine home starts versus Toronto, and his last matchup was one he’d rather not recall. The 2x All-Star allowed 11 runs and four homers — both career highs — over four-plus innings in a 15-7 loss July 22.
The Blue Jays (13-23) offense has batted .311 with nine homers and totaled 32 runs in the last five games after hitting .182 with one homer and three runs in the previous four contests — all defeats.
Toronto will start with Ramon Ortiz (0-0, 5.40) for his first start since July, 10, 2011.
The 39 year-old spent last season with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate before signing a minor league deal with Toronto in December.
The Dominican Republic native is 1-2 with a 5.58 ERA in five career starts at Fenway, however his most recent came in 2003.
Boston has won two of three from the Blue Jays in each of the first two series this MLB season, but Toronto has won six straight in Red Sox’s turf.