For left-hander Jose Quintana, who has received and average of 3.96 runs of support since 2012 — fifth lowest in the American League — the support finally occurred after a series of boneheaded plays.
But Quintana was saddled with a no decision when Jose Bautista hit a tying home run off closer Addison Reed with two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth, and then reliever Ramon Troncoso hurled a wild pitch to allow the go-ahead run in the 10th as the Blue Jays seized a 7-5 victory.
The Blue Jays added another run when Maicer Izturis knocked the ball out of the glove of catcher Tyler Flowers for what would have been the final out of the inning. Instead, it was the Sox’s third error.
The Sox had scored four times in the fourth inning — highlighted by Conor Gillaspie’s three-run home run — and held a 5-4 lead since the fifth until Bautista’s homer.
The Sox scored all four runs in the fourth after two outs, as Dayan Viciedo hit an RBI single before Gillaspie hit his first home run since May 1 at Texas.
The rally occurred after the Jays took advantage of an error by shortstop Alexei Ramirez and a passed ball by Flowers to score twice in the second. The Sox have committed 11 errors in Quintana’s 13 starts.
Adam Dunn hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second against Chien-Ming Wang. Dunn’s homer, his 17th of the season, was his third in two nights and 11th in his last 26 games.
The Sox took themselves out of a rally in the third when Alejandro De Aza was picked off first base for the final out. Viciedo also was thrown out easily at second trying to advance from first on an errant pitch from Wang.
Edwin Encarnacion launched a two-run home run in the top of the fifth, but the Sox missed a chance to regain their three-run lead in the bottom of the inning despite loading the bases with no outs.
Paul Konerko struck out and Adam Dunn hit a line drive that was caught by shortstop Munenori Kawasaki, who stepped on second base to nail Ramirez and complete an inning-ending double play.
The Blue Jays put the tying run at third with no outs in the eighth, but Matt Thornton struck out J.P.Arencibia and induced Maicer Izturis to ground into an inning-ending double play.