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It was a tough afternoon for Brad Penny and the Boston Red Sox as the Toronto Blue Jays took game two of a three game series, 6-2 at the Rogers Centre before 36,926 fans.
Shortstop Jed Lowrie returned after undergoing wrist surgery that kept him sidelined for almost four months. According to Ian Browne of MLB.com
, it was Lowrie's first start for the Red Sox in 98 days.
Boston (55-35) had a good chance to open up the game in the top half of the second as Rocco Baldelli knocked a double to right-field to score Jason Bay from first and Mike Lowell took third with no outs.
However the fire was quickly extinguished as Lowrie struck out, George Kottras popped to third, and J.D. Drew grounded out to second base to end the offensive attack.
(45-47) wasted no time in tying up the score in the bottom half of the inning then surged in the fourth and fifth innings knocking in five more runs. Adam Lind crushed his 20th home run of the season, a two-run jack in the fifth off Penny (6-4) who lasted five innings and gave up all six runs and eight hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.
Lowrie later on redeemed himself as he went deep in the seventh inning off Marc Rzepczynski (1-1) who gave up just the one run, four hits, four walks, and four strikeouts. It was his first major league win. Lowrie's home run was the best offense of the afternoon as the Red Sox were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
The Boston bullpen was flawless with Justin Masterson and Ramon Ramirez not allowing a hit in the last three innings.
Penny has only pitched past the fifth inning four times this season and no deeper than the six.