Boston bullpen falters in 4-3 Patriots’ Day loss to Jays

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman talks with Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz before the start of a baseball game between the Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Monday, April 18, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager John Farrell’s top two relievers were wild in the same inning.

Russell Martin’s two-run single against Craig Kimbrel capped a four-run eighth, and the Blue Jays held to beat the Red Sox 4-3 Monday in Boston’s annual Patriots’ Day game.

“We missed the strike zone a little bit in that eighth inning,” Farrell said. “I’d say that’s maybe an understatement.”

Koji Uehara (0-1) was charged with four runs and gave up two walks while getting just one out. Kimbrel also gave up a walk.

“When you’re facing Uehara and those guys at the end, it’s tough to do,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “You see the end result. It was big.”

Clay Buchholz allowed six hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings, helped by four double plays by his infield and a diving catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Josh Rutledge and Travis Shaw had RBI doubles for the Red Sox.

“I don’t know,” he said of his first good start of the season. “Some days you do. Some days you don’t.”

Buchholz had allowed five runs in each of his first two starts.

J.A. Happ (2-0) gave up one run and four hits in seven-plus innings. Drew Storen got three outs for his first save despite allowing two runs. Toronto gained a split of the four-game series by winning the last two.

With Toronto trailing 1-0 in the eighth, Ezequiel Carrera reached second base against Uehara after Rutledge’s throwing error on his infield hit to third. He advanced on Christian Vazquez’s passed ball and scored on Michael Saunders’ groundout.

Kimbrel entered with one out and the bases loaded and struck out Edwin Encarnacion. He walked Troy Tulowitzki on a 3-2 pitch, forcing in the go-ahead run, and Martin singled.

Shaw scored in the ninth on Hanley Ramirez’s two-out, RBI single, and Storen struck out pinch-hitter David Ortiz, who took a 93 mph sinker with a 2-2 count for a called third strike.

With the crowd filing into Fenway Park a couple hours after the morning commute ended and helicopters flying above to track the 120th Boston Marathon, Buchholz threw the first pitch at 11:07 a.m. EDT on a warm morning under bright, sunny skies.

Boston took a 1-0 lead in the second on Rutledge’s double into the right-center gap.

Ortiz arrived at the park just after 8:30 a.m., came across Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, and the two chatted briefly at the Red Sox players’ parking lot.

Trainer’s Room

Blue Jays: 1B Chris Colabello said “my head’s completely fine” before the game after getting beaned in Sunday’s win. “I was never woozy.”

Red Sox: Benched 3B Pablo Sandoval, on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder, went to see orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Manager John Farrell said after “There was an injection to calm the inflammation. At this point he’ll be examined by Dr. Andrews in a couple weeks.”. Ortiz didn’t start against the left-hander.

That Looks Different

The Red Sox faced their first lefty starter this season — the furthest into a season they went without facing a left-hander starter since game 13 in 1996.

Removed the DH

Gibbons sent Bautista, their starting designated hitter, into right field in the eighth. LHP Brett Cecil was inserted in the lineup, but was pinch hit for by Colabello in the ninth.

Up Next

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-0, 4.22 ERA) is scheduled to start against RHP Mike Wright (1-0, 7.20) when Toronto opens a three-game series at Baltimore on Tuesday. Stroman allowed two runs in eight innings to beat the Yankees last week.

Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly (1-0, 10.13) is set to face LHP Drew Smyly (0-2, 4.61) Tuesday when the Rays come to Fenway for the opener of a three-game set.

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