Red Sox win Tigers and Blue Jays series before heading into Orioles series and interleague play this week

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The Red Sox took three out of four games against the Detroit Tigers and since then the Boston Red Sox has won two out of three against the Toronto Blue Jays. They are now again tied for 4th place with Toronto in the AL East as they both sit 3.0 games behind Tampa Bay.

Jon Lester put up a nice performance on the second to last day of May. He struggled early, but managed to stay strong for the rest and of the game as Aceves notched his 13th save. Gonzalez, Ortiz, Middlebrooks, and Youkilis were all part of the offense. Ortiz scored Gonzalez on a home run after Gonzo hit a ground rule double. Later Youk hit a single, which was followed by a two run shot by Middlebrooks. Then in the 8th, Youkilis hit a solo run to make the score 6-4. The Red Sox won three games in a row against the Tigers. However, the Red Sox fell the next day to the Tigers 4-7.

Photo Credit: The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette

Boston then went on to win the next two games against the Toronto Blue Jays on the road. The first game won 7-2 on Friday behind Clay Buchholz. Buchholz was absolutely amazing, going 8 innings, throwing 108 pitches, only allowing two runs, and striking out seven batters. Nava and Podsednik are fitting in extremely well in the lineup. That night Podsednik hit an RBI single and Nava hit an RBI double in the 7th inning. Atchinson also is doing well with 0.89 ERA as he had a scoreless 9th to secure the 7-2 win.

The next day Doubront gave the Red Sox another win 7-4. Nava, Middlebrooks, Punto and Sweeney all provided the offense. Albers, Miller, Padilla, and then Aceves came out for the save. Padilla struggled, but fortunately Saltalamacchia threw a great throw to third which got out Lawrie as he attempted to steal third.

Today, the Boston Red Sox dropped the last game to the Blue Rays in a 1-5 loss at the hands of Bard. It started early with a three run homer by Jose Bautista which scored Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar in the bottom of the 1st. Later in the bottom of the 2nd, Bard walked Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia. But then got Rajai Davis with a swinging strike out and Kelly Johnson out on strikes. Bard proceeded to hit Escobar, which advanced both Rasmas and Arencibia and loaded the bases. Bautista then walked to score a run and additionally, Encarnacion was hit by a pitch to score the fifth run for Toronto. Morales replaced Bard and later there were appearances by Atchinson and Hill. Shoppach received the only RBI for the Red Sox this afternoon which was a solo shot in the top of the 5th.

The Red Sox have the day off tomorrow, but will take on Baltimore Orioles in a three game series back at Fenway Park on Tuesday before the Red Sox take on the Washington Nationals over the weekend. In other news, McDonald might be activated and ready by Tuesday and Youkilis’ name is appearing in trade rumors as Middlebrooks (.314 with six homers, 22 RBIs and a .559 slugging percentage, since May 2nd) and Youkilis (.314 with a .543 slugging percentage, since May 22nd) hold similar stats. Pedroia is also taking batting practice and is feeling good about it in hopes to re-join the roster and avoid the disabled list.

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