Allen Webster‘s first career win will have to wait for another day. After pitching six strong innings, Webster was in line for the victory before Edwin Encarnacion took an Andrew Bailey fastball and deposited it in the center field bleachers to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning. But Jonny Gomes put the Sox ahead for good in the bottom of the seventh while pinch-hitting for Daniel Nava. With the bases loaded, Gomes laced a ball past the dive of Jays’ third baseman Maicer Izturis, which gave the Sox a 6-5 lead. Prior to the hit against Toronto lefty reliever Brett Cecil, Gomes had been hitless in his last 10 at-bats against southpaws, striking out five times. The Sox gave Webster an early cushion after knocking out starter Josh Johnson after just 3 1/3 innings. The Jays, however crawled back and ultimately tied the ball game up in the top of the seventh. The Sox responded in the bottom half of the frame. After Gomes’ single brought in the go-ahead run, the Sox tacked on one more run –thanks to a bases-loaded walk from Jarrod Saltalamacchia (the first of his career) — giving the hosts a two-run bulge. Koji Uehara closed things out for a third straight game, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
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WEEI Boston | Jun 29