Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 8/15/13
NESN broadcaster Don Orsillo pronounces the last name of Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista like this: BOW-teesta. Every other broadcaster I’ve heard in baseball pronounces it like this: BAW-teesta. Does that annoy anyone else? No? Just me, huh? OK, then. On to the recap … The finale of a 10-game road swing ended in another defeat for the Boston Red Sox. If you’re counting, that’s the sixth loss on the trip. Thursday night in Toronto, the Sox dropped the rubber game of a three-game series to the Blue Jays. The game featured a compelling pitcher’s duel between two former White Sox teammates in the Blue Jays’ Mark Buehrle and Jake Peavy of the Red Sox. And a pitcher’s duel it was. Neither team was able to muster much on the offensive side of things. The one run the Red Sox managed to plate was the result of a botched throw to second base by Munenori Kawasaki of the Jays, a play that allowed serial overachiever Daniel Nava to score from third in the fourth inning. The Blue Jays scored their runs following an error in the seventh inning by Prodigal Third Baseman Will Middlebrooks in the seventh. Both Blue Jays runs were charged to Peavy, though Craig Breslow allowed the second run to score. But the Red Sox had chances throughout the game. Dustin Pedroia was thrown out at home plate in the first after Johnny Gomes singled to centerfield. The bases were loaded in the second inning when Shane Victorino flied to right for the third out. Stephen Drew struck out to end a threat in the third – Pedroia had been at third base. (sigh) So, the Sox finish the road trip with a 4-6 record. The team had begun the night three games up on the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. The Rays, with a win Thursday over the hapless Seattle Mariners, moved to within two games of the Red Sox. (If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of all 14 Rays fans cheering). A blemish on the skin of an otherwise lovely season ends in Toronto. Tomorrow night, the Evil Empire darkens the Fenway Park doorstep for the start of a three-game tilt. Andy Pettitte starts for the Yankees. The Sox counter with a lefty of their own, Felix Doubront.    
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