Lefty allows seven walks, but offense provides plenty of support
By Jamie Ross
TORONTO -- It wasn't easy, but Wade Miley fought through five innings to earn the victory as the Red Sox topped the Blue Jays, 12-6, in the series finale on Thursday night at Rogers Centre. The left-hander tied a career high with seven walks and allowed a season-high 14 baserunners.
"Wade turned in what I would consider a blue-collar night," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He didn't have much command, anywhere consistent to where he's been, but found a way to make some big pitches."
The win improved Miley's record to 8-7 on the season, and 7-3 in his last 10 games after starting 2015 at 1-4. On Thursday, Miley was the beneficiary of some timely defense and an outburst of offense.
He maneuvered out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth after issuing back-to-back two-out walks to Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Miley fanned Chris Colabello to escape and keep a four-run lead intact before pitching a scoreless fifth.
He blanked the Blue Jays in the fifth thanks in large part to Mookie Betts' throw to home that nailed Danny Valencia on a play at the plate that was subject to a replay review and was a point of contention for Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, who was tossed for arguing the call.
"It was a grind, no doubt," Miley said.
But the Red Sox put up 12 runs to wrap their 10-game stretch against American League East rivals. The offensive outburst made for a few long innings, which twice forced Miley to play catch in the tunnel to stay warm.
"I went and played catch a couple of times," he said. "I'll take a back seat to that any day of the week."
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.