Despite 12-6 score, Miley says start was ‘a grind'


TORONTO -- When his teammates scored eight runs before he even took the mound, it figured to be a pretty easy night for Wade Miley.

Instead, it turned out to be a chore.

"It was a grind, no doubt,'' said Miley after the Red Sox beat Toronto, 12-6.

"I had no fastball command. It was a grind. (My teammates) did what they did, putting up eight runs (right away) and I needed to do a better job getting us back in there. But it worked out, we won the game. Everybody's happy.''

Miley was asked whether the long first inning -- during which the Red Sox sent 12 men to the plate -- had a negative effect on him, seeing it lasted more than 20 minutes.

But the lefty wouldn't use that as an excuse, noting that he played catch during the half-inning to keep himself loose, and further adding that, given the outpouring of offensive support, the wait was a trade he'd make every time.

The first inning was relatively uneventful, with only a two-out walk issued. But things unraveled in the second as it was the Blue Jays' turn to bat around, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring four times.

"The second inning, I just kind of lost something,'' he said. "I couldn't get the feel and they (put) up four.''

Following a 1-2-3 third, he got back into trouble again in the fourth before escaping with the bases loaded.

In the fifth, Miley had the perfect vantage point for what may well have been the game's turning point. Following a one-out walk to Danny Valencia and a single to left by Kevin Pillar, rookie Devon Travis single to center and Valencia was waved home.

Miley went to back up the play and was near home plate when Valencia attempted to slide in wide and around catcher Ryan Hangian. Home plate umpire Gerry Davis ruled Valenica out. The Blue Jays challenged the call, but the call stood.

"I saw (Valencia's) hand go over the (plate),'' said Miley. "I'm pretty sure he never touched it. That was huge right there. There was one out, first-and-second. We get that out right there, that's big. I was late getting back there, so I was right on top of it. It didn't look like he tagged him to me.''

Miley then came back and fanned Jose Reyes for the final out. It the last hitter he faced, having needed 107 pitches to get 15 outs, while allowing 14 baserunners.

But on this night, it was good enough.

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