TORONTO -- From an individual standpoint, Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a solid first start for the Red Sox on Thursday. At the plate, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two doubles. Behind it, he threw out Aaron Hill with a perfect throw.
The only thing Saltalamacchia would take back would be the end result, a crushing 6-5 walk-off loss to the Blue Jays. The Red Sox had a 5-2 lead entering the bottom of the ninth.
"I felt good, felt comfortable at the plate," Saltalamacchia said. "The biggest thing right now is just getting used to the pitchers, trying to find out what they like to throw at what time, and at the same time, getting to know the hitters as well. It's frustrating to end the game like that, obviously."
John Lackey certainly seemed comfortable throwing to Saltalamacchia, allowing eight hits and three runs over eight-plus innings.
"He was great," credited Lackey. "He was really in tune in between innings with what we were trying to do. He put together a game plan pretty easily, and we really were pretty much on the same page, so it was good."
All in all, it was an impressive crash course for Saltalamacchia, who was promoted from Triple-A on Wednesday.
"I thought he did a really good job," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "That's not the easiest circumstances coming in and running the game. I thought he did a real good job. That's probably the quickest time we've had to second base all year on his throw. I thought he handled himself real well."