The Red Sox rookie gave up his first run of the season since
becoming Boston's closer, allowing Russ Adams' tiebreaking double
in the ninth inning that gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 7-6 victory
on Wednesday night."I let my team down, but tomorrow I'll be ready to go," said
Papelbon, who was the AL rookie of the month with 10 saves in 10
tries and a 0.00 ERA in April. "There's a long way to go, and I
have a lot of innings to pitch."Toronto led 4-3, trailed 5-4 and then took a 6-5 lead in the
seventh before Boston tied it again in the eighth.But with Papelbon pitching in the ninth, Lyle Overbay led off
with his fourth hit of the night. Gregg Zaun singled one out later,
and Adams doubled down the right-field line to stop an 0-for-14
slump."When you're down a run or two, we know we can come back,"
said designated hitter Shea Hillenbrand, who homered for Toronto.
"Tonight, it was Russ. He hadn't been swinging the bat well, and
he came through."Dustin McGowan (1-0) allowed two hits in one inning, getting
Alex Gonzalez to pop up a sacrifice attempt with runners on first
and second, nobody out and the tying run already in. Kevin Youkilis
grounded into a fielder's choice, then Mark Loretta ended the
threat with a strikeout.B.J. Ryan pitched the ninth for his sixth save, striking out
three and getting Jason Varitek looking with the tying run on third
base.Papelbon (0-1) gave up his first run after 21 1-3 innings dating
to Sept. 19."I didn't feel great today but that's not an excuse," he said.
"I've felt bad other days and was still able to get the job
done."Overbay went 4-for-4 with a walk for the Blue Jays, who improved
to 5-2 against Boston this season as they try to interrupt the
dominance in the AL East by the Red Sox and Yankees. Boston has
lost eight of its last 12.The start of the game was delayed 10 minutes because of rain,
and though it was 46 degrees and raw, the game wasn't interrupted.
But it wasn't the best weather for starters Josh Beckett or Roy
Halladay, and the expected marquee matchup dissolved in the
drizzle.Beckett gave up four runs, five hits and three walks, throwing
101 pitches in just five innings and leaving without a decision.
He's allowed 16 runs in his last nine innings.Halladay allowed five runs, nine hits and two walks, striking
out two in six innings. He gave up three runs on five consecutive
singles in the second, then two more in the sixth when Mike Lowell
singled in a run and scored on Wily Mo Pena's double to make it
5-4."It was a tough night to pitch," Toronto manager John Gibbons
said. "The conditions, with all the moisture out there ... but you
could probably count on one finger how many times you've seen him
get a lead and give it back."But the Blue Jays took the lead back in the seventh when Overbay
doubled off Keith Foulke with two outs and Hillenbrand hit his
fourth homer. Hillenbrand is 9-for-22 on the trip and has raised
his batting average from .217 to .341 over his last 13 games.David Ortiz, who homered in five of his first six games against
Toronto this year, went 0-for-5 and only hit the ball out of the
infield once.In the bottom of the first, second baseman Aaron Hill got hit in
the chin by a bad-hop grounder. He went to the dugout to tend to
his bleeding chin, but returned a few minutes later. He had a
two-run double in the second, when the Blue Jays took a 3-0 lead.
With his first-inning single, Vernon Wells has hit in 24 of
the Blue Jays' 26 games. ... LHP David Wells (right knee sprain)
and RHP David Riske (lower back strain) are close to being able to
pitch again, manager Terry Francona said. ... Lowell's
eighth-inning single was his 1,000th career hit. ... Boston hadn't
lost a one-run game at Fenway Park in more than a year. Their 18
victories in a row tied a major-league record.