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Frazier comes through late for Sox to top Toronto

April 25 in Toronto vs. the Jays of Blue

Toon Squad Update:
Tank McNamara
Tank but no Danks

Short Take:   Sox's quest for a fifth starter takes a new turn when Danks gets passed over.

A late power surge gave the Sox a 7-5 comeback victory over Toronto, their sixth win in seven games and fourth straight. Sox fans should be forgiven if they began the day by celebrating Robin Ventura's decision to skip John Danks's turn in the rotation on Monday. That joy lasted less than an inning as his replacement -- righty Miguel Gonzalez -- gave up a Danksian (or maybe Samardzijan) two runs to begin the game. The Sox had stranded two in the top half of the first after Adam Eaton scored on a groundout by Jose Abreu. In the bottom half, Gonzalez then struggled to find the zone before giving up a two-run double by Edwin Encarnación, who hit a rocket that barely stayed in the yard. In the second inning, Gonzalez got away with a couple of badly hung sliders, and he seemed an unlikely bet to go deep into the game.

But somehow he gutted it out for 6 1/3 innings and 113 pitches. The right-hander showed some flashes but never really settled in and was down 5-1 in the third after another Encarnación RBI followed by a two-run dinger off the bat of Michael Saunders. Gonzalez's pitch count was in the mid 90s after four innings, which ended with yet another Encarnación dart that Austin Jackson caught at the wall in center with the bases loaded. I wouldn't exactly say Gonzalez earned himself a second start, but I also wouldn't be surprised -- or mind much -- if he gets another look.

Lo and behold, a ghost of fifth starters past by the name of Gavin Floyd came in for Toronto with the sacks full of Sox in the seventh, just in time to yield a two-run double by Todd Frazier that gave the Sox a 6-5 lead. A Frazier sac fly in the ninth gave David Robertson a two-run cushion on the way to his eighth save, which ended when Troy Tulowitzki was called out for inexplicably running into a high chopper that would have given Toronto the winning run on first base with two outs in the ninth. Instead, they went down to the Sox's late offensive surge and solid bullpen work, including by Zach Putnam who won his first game of the year.

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