Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and dominated the Red Sox, shutting out Boston 8-0 in the series-finale at the Rogers Centre.
One day after I insist on a nickname for him, righty Rubby De La Rosa had the worst start of his Major League career, going four innings, allowing seven runs (six earned), on nine hits and two walks with one strikeout. After he exited the game, it didn’t matter what the bullpen did because Stroman was on his A-game yesterday.
Jays first baseman Juan Francisco had himself a day, going 3-for-4 with a homer, and was just a double short of the cycle. Boston didn’t have any stars on offense unless you consider Shane Victorino‘s base-hit saving them from a no-hitter as star worthy.
Boston had come out of the gates hot since the All-Star break, but losing three of their last four against the Jays will make this late playoff-push a bit more difficult. They still have plenty of games this month against the American League East, so even this major bump in the road isn’t a blockade, just a big bump.
David Ortiz left the game with a lower-back injury in the ninth inning. Boston starts a three-game set with the Rays tonight with Jon Lester taking on the evil David Price. It would be a let down if Big Papi isn’t in the lineup against his latest nemesis in Price, but the health of the big man is more important than their tiff.