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Monday, September 15, 2008

Sox cool off Jays 7-5 in game two

September 13. BOSTON, MA. Jacoby Ellsbury's little dribbler gave the Red Sox a happy ending to a very long day.

Blue Jays pitcher Scott Downs fell flat on his stomach while chasing the ball that went about 30 feet down the first-base line. The short single scored the go-ahead run in a three-run eighth inning as Boston rallied for a 7-5 win Saturday night after dropping the afternoon opener 8-1. "Obviously, we know what's going on," Ellsbury said. "I don't think there was any more urgency. We try to win every game."

Jason Bay started the eighth with a double -- his third straight hit after an 0-for-13 slump -- and scored the tying run on Jed Lowries single. Lowrie took second on David Ross' sacrifice and third on Coco Crisp's ground out. The speedy Ellsbury then tapped the ball down the line. Downs tumbled after taking five steps as Lowrie crossed the plate. David Ortiz then doubled home Ellsbury. "It would have been a real tough play for him, a left-hander coming down the line" even if Downs hadn't fallen, Ellsbury said. "I saw him slip. At that point, I was hoping it would stay fair."

Justin Masterson (6-4) got the win and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 37th save in 42 opportunities. The Blue Jays send Roy Halladay to the mound Sunday, hoping to split the four-game series. "I think we had to win three out of four to get us back in it," Lyle Overbay said.

Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with two doubles, giving him 200 hits and 50 doubles this season. The only other Red Sox players to do that were Tris Speaker in 1912 and Wade Boggs in 1989

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