Red Sox strike quickly, but Bard can't hold lead
Boston falls in 10 innings after Blue Jays chip away in Dunedin
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Toronto's Aaron Laffey and Boston's Daniel Bard were each roughed up for five runs apiece, and the Blue Jays came through in the 10th inning on Ricardo Nanita's single with the bases loaded for a 6-5 walk-off win on Sunday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Laffey, who is competing for a spot in Toronto's starting rotation, had trouble from the outset. He surrendered a leadoff double to Mike Aviles, which was followed by an RBI triple off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury in the two-run first.
Boston added another run in the second on an RBI double by Aviles. Laffey pitched two scoreless innings before there was more trouble in the fifth. With two on and one out, Darnell McDonald hit a scorching line drive into the gap in left-center field that just went under the outstretched glove of Eric Thames for a triple to score two more runs.
Laffey escaped the inning, but he was charged with five runs during his fourth outing of the Grapefruit League season. He threw 50 of his 75 pitches for strikes and didn't walk a batter, but he also didn't fool the Red Sox hitters as they broke out for nine hits.
Toronto got on the scoreboard in the second inning on a solo home run by first baseman Adam Lind. It was Lind's second home run in as many games, and he also recorded a run in the fourth inning after getting on base with a double.
Bard pitched his way into more trouble in the sixth. Jose Bautista led off that inning and was nearly hit in the head by a pitch from Bard. Bautista attempted to duck out of the way and appeared to block the pitch with his hand. He was taken out of the game for a pinch-runner, but he did not appear to be injured.
The inning continued with an Edwin Encarnacion RBI double, and Travis Snider also drove in a run. That was the end for Bard, who finished his six innings having surrendered five runs on six hits while striking out five and walking three.
Up next: Ace Jon Lester draws Monday's 1:05 p.m. ET start, live on MLB.TV, against the Phillies in Clearwater. Matt Albers, Scott Atchison and Ross Ohlendorf are also scheduled to pitch. Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Cody Ross and Nick Punto will be in the lineup.