TORONTO -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
*Eduardo Rodriguez wasn't as good as his last outing, but he was still pretty good.
Rodriguez, who no-hit the A's through 7 2/3 innings last Sunday and held them scoreless through eight innings, allowed three runs -- two earned -- in six innings.
A leadoff walk to Russell Martin came back to burn him in the second when Melvin Upton homered two batters later. He was then the victim of some bad luck in the third when an error by Aaron Hill and a bloop single by Jose Bautista produced the third Jays run.
In 10 starts since the All-Star break, Rodriguez sports a 2.76 ERA and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in all but one of those.
*Unlike many of their recent losses, this one featured limited scoring chances.
John Farrell is fond of saying that the Red Sox usually "create scoring oportuinties,'' even if the team doesn't always produce the necessary hits with runners in scoring position. Anyone who has watched the innumerable times the Sox load the bases and come away empty-handed knows this is true.
But on Saturday, there wasn't much there there. The Sox left two runners on in the second, and one runner each in four subsequent innings.
This wasn't, however, one of those games in which one hit might have blown the game open. The Sox didn't have their first hit off starter J.A. Happ until one out in the fifth. They managed just four for the afternoon.
*The bullpen continues to be sharp.
Matt Barnes pitched into, then out of trouble in the seventh. Joe Kelly worked around a walk in the eighth.
The Red Sox bullpen has not allowed an earned run in the month of September, contributing 14 1/3 scoreless innings with 11 hits allowed and 20 strikeouts to go with just two walks.
Granted, many of those appearances have come in games well out of hand, with the Sox winning four games on this trip by a margin of five runs or greater.
But Saturday, the Sox were within a run when Barnes and Kelly pitched and the game was kept close.