Red Sox bats go silent in loss to Blue Jays
Mookie Betts hit a three-run double off Toronto reliever Jason Grilli in the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday afternoon.
With the game still tied after four the Red Sox put three more on the board to solidify Johnson's chance for the win.
Things are looking up for the Boston Red Sox, but about all the Toronto Blue Jays can do is look up from the bottom of the major-league pack.
Boston outhit Toronto 7-5. For a time, it looked like, Xander Bogaerts' ninth-inning two-out single plating Mitch Moreland off Jays closer Roberto Osuna would the only run of the game, and it took eight innings to get that.
Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar makes the catch on a ball hit by Boston Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Toronto.
Tulowitzki tried to score on a Martin grounder but Marco Hernandez threw him out at the plate.
After the embarrassment of that swing, Sandoval went on to undergo surgery on his right shoulder before losing some pounds and regaining his starting job at third base. Martin's home run made Tuesday's game just the second of the season in which the Blue Jays have hit multiple home runs. However, after Devon Travis struggled to open the season. Johnson barely squeezed out of the jam by striking out Kendrys Morales followed by getting Troy Tulowitzki to line out.
Red Sox manager John Farrell is expecting Sale to continue his stretch of seven innings and yielding few runs.
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The 24-year-old is batting.347 (17-for-49) with an.887 OPS and a home run in 12 games so far. He was charged with two runs, one of them a homer, the only one he's allowed this season.
Marcus Stroman (1-2) had his shortest outing of the season, surrendering six earned runs and 11 hits before being removed in the fourth inning with two outs. The Toronto native belted a 1-0 pitch off the facing of the second deck for his first homer of the year. The reigning AL Cy Young victor pitched seven innings and gave up six hits for three runs with five strikeouts. He threw 78 percent of his pitches for strikes (80 strikes, 22 balls).
Martin's first home run of the season, in the bottom of the fifth, brought the Blue Jays to within two, before Betts restored Boston's three-run lead two innings later with a shot beyond the left-field wall. He allowed four-of-the-first-five to reach, giving up two runs in the process.
Game two of Boston's first series in Toronto featured lefty Francisco Liriano on the mound for the home squad to face off against reigning Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello. He's hitting just.109, and he's struck out 22 times in 15 games. Moreland taking the first base position gives the Sox one of the best players at his position with the glove. He takes the roster spot of LHP Matt Dermody, who was optioned to Buffalo on Monday. Dermody gave up three homers in one inning last Sunday.
NO-FLY LIST: Josh Donaldson, who Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Tuesday will be out for two to four weeks with a calf strain, will not travel with the Blue Jays for their week-long road trip that begins Friday in Los Angeles against the Angels and then moves to St. Louis for a series with the Cardinals.
And now with AL Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello up on Wednesday followed by the man who might be the best pitcher in the league this year - lefty Chris Sale on Thursday - the opportunities only get leaner.
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