Blue Jays fall back to .500 with extra-innings loss to Red Sox

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey throws against the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey throws against the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Aug. 26, 2014. (PETER LLEWWLLYN/USA Today)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:53 AM ET

TORONTO - The last time the Toronto Blue Jays sat at .500 was way back on May 15 when they were 21-21 and trying to figure out what kind of team they were.

After Tuesday’s 11-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox in 11 innings, Toronto’s fourth consecutive extra-innings game, the Jays are finally back where they were three-and-a-half months ago, except they now know what kind of team they are: not good enough.

From here, there’s no telling where this toboggan ride to irrelevance will end.

Once 14 games over level-par and comfortably in front of the American League East, Toronto’s first season of hope in two decades has dissolved in much the same fashion as the 20 seasons that came before it.

Dustin Pedroia’s two-run single put the Red Sox ahead in the 11th and then Mike Napoli put an exclamation point on the rout, crushing a massive three-run home run off Sergio Santos that landed three rows deep in the fifth deck in left field. It was the 17th fifth-deck home run at the Rogers Centre and seventh by an opponent.


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