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Eaton the Blue Jays Up

July 8 vs. Toronto

Sox Project Update:
Power hammers
Time to speed up the work, so we need heavier tools.

Short Take:   Adam Eaton has the last word against Toronto, drives in tying run before going deep to end it.

It's been a rough year for Adam Eaton. The long-term contract he signed last offseason only exposes him further. On Wednesday though, that was all forgotten. His two RBIs just happened to tie and then beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 in 11 innings.

The first five Sox hitters were productive against Drew Hutchison, starting with Eaton's leadoff walk. Propelled by Melky Cabrera's sacrifice fly and Adam LaRoche's RBI double, the Sox completed the first frame with a 3-0 lead. But John Danks surrendered five straight Blue Jays hits to begin the third for a tie, plus Edwin Encarnacion's sacrifice fly for a 4-3 Toronto lead. That didn't last in the bottom half, when Avisail Garcia's single scored Jose Abreu, who had doubled.

Danks' night ended in the fifth. It started badly with a ground-rule double for Devon Travis, who scored on Josh Donaldson's second RBI double of the game. Jose Bautista made it 6-4 with a single, resulting in Scott Carroll entering to prevent further damage in the inning. How much longer are we supposed to dread every fifth game?

Liam Hendriks replaced Hutchison in the sixth and started with back-to-back singles from Adam LaRoche and Alexei Ramirez. He promptly got two quick outs, but got the hook after Carlos Sanchez's RBI single cut the Jays' lead in half. Aaron Loup was brought in to face Eaton, who hustled out an infield single to score Ramirez and even it again.

It would stay tied at 6 for the next 4 1/2 innings. While the Sox squandered opportunites at the plate and on the basepaths (we're looking at you, Garcia), some solid defense and great bullpen work frustrated Toronto. Without the efforts of Carroll, Zach Duke, David Robertson and Zach Putnam, we might be talking about a different outcome. Instead, their goose eggs allowed Eaton to lead off the 11th with a solo blast and get drenched by his teammates upon reaching home.

While it hasn't all been pretty for the Sox recently, they're now 5-2 in July. We still have plenty of moments of frustration that make us think they'd be better as sellers at the trade deadline. But we're also getting more moments that let us know they sit only 6 1/2 games back in the Wild Card race. It's tough to figure out where they're going and we'd like an answer soon.

This Toronto series will wrap up with a matinee Thursday. Jeff Samardzija gets the call against R.A. Dickey. A win would give the Sox three of a possible four wins against an opponent that has traditionally given them fits. Any momentum going into the weekend series with the Cubs would be helpful.

Rebuilding Recap:
 The work continues to show improvement. Is there enough time for it to make a difference?

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