Omar Vizquel’s RBI sacrifice fly lifts Jays past Red Sox
Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Omar Vizquel put on an impressive performance in his last game at Fenway Park, hitting an RBI sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays past the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, for a three-game sweep Sunday.
The oldest player in the Majors at 45, Vizquel hit Clay Buchholz’s 121st pitch to left field to bring Rajai Davis home and give the Blue Jays a second straight three-game sweep in Boston.
Before this, the Blue Jays had not won six straight games at Fenway in a season since 1989. They’ve won 13 of their last 19 against Boston since last season and head home in fourth place in the American League East.
Before the game, John Farrell said that Vizquel was in the lineup as second baseman because it was his last game at Fenway Park before he ends his stellar career that spans four decades.
And his decision paid off as Vizquel also hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, when Toronto took a short-lived 3-2 lead after the Red Sox opened the first frame with a two-run shot from Jacoby Ellsbury.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia tied it at three in the sixth inning with a one-out solo shot off Blue Jays starter Carlos Villanueva’s 0-1 breaking ball.
Buchholz (11-6) retired 13 straight batters after the Jays’ three-run fourth inning but his luck ran out when he loaded the bases in the ninth. He gave up singles to Davis and Gose before intentionally walking Kelly Johnson, paving the way for Vizquel’s heroic.
Buchholz gave up seven hits and four earned runs with three walks and four strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings before he was pulled out for Junichi Tazawa, who got the final out by fanning Brett Lawrie.
Brandon Lyon (2-0) got the win after forcing Dustin Pedroia to ground out to shortstop while Casey Janssen notched his 20th save after a scoreless ninth.