Ex­tras un­kind to Jays

The Daily Courier - - SPORTS - By The Cana­dian Press

Mookie Betts hits bases-loaded dou­ble in 10th in­ning as Bos­ton beats Toronto 4-1

TORONTO — The si­lence of the Toronto Blue Jays’ club­house af­ter an­other loss Thurs­day was in­ter­rupted by the oc­ca­sional deep ex­hale or the sound of clothes be­ing jammed into suit­cases.

Maybe a trip out of town is the best thing for Ma­jor League Base­ball’s cel­lar dwellers.

Toronto capped a 2-7 home­s­tand by drop­ping a 4-1 de­ci­sion to the Bos­ton Red Sox in a mati­nee at Rogers Cen­tre. Mookie Betts de­liv­ered the key blow with a three-run dou­ble in the 10th in­ning off Ja­son Grilli.

It’s the first time in fran­chise his­tory that the Blue Jays (3-12) have lost five se­ries in a row.

“Los­ing only makes you ap­pre­ci­ate win­ning,” Grilli said. “There’s not much else to say. There’s no words right now.”

There was no post-game mu­sic in the hushed club­house af­ter the game. Many play­ers sat in chairs by their stalls with de­spon­dent looks on their faces.

The feel­ing was in stark con­trast to the op­ti­mism at the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son. Many base­ball ob­servers felt the Blue Jays had a de­cent chance of mak­ing the play­offs for the third straight year.

At the mo­ment, just get­ting out of the Amer­i­can League East base­ment ap­pears to be a ma­jor chal­lenge.

“It’s not dif­fi­cult,” Grilli said. “This is our divi­sion. We’re a good team, we’re just not play­ing up to our cal­i­bre.”

The Blue Jays man­aged only five hits on the day, one a solo shot in the ninth in­ning by Kendrys Mo­rales that tied the game.

Bos­ton starter Chris Sale was dom­i­nant over eight in­nings. He struck out 13 bat­ters in all — in­clud­ing Jose Bautista and Jar­rod Sal­ta­la­mac­chia four times apiece.

“He was out­stand­ing,” said Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell. “Pow­er­ful, a lot of strikes. All three pitches work­ing. He had such good swing-and-miss (ac­tion) to his fast­ball up and away. Eight dom­i­nant in­nings.”

Bautista, who’s mired in an 0-for-16 slump, saw his av­er­age fall to .109.

“I’ve got to fig­ure out a way to get back on track and start do­ing more at the plate and putting us in bet­ter sit­u­a­tions to win games,” he said.

Toronto starter Marco Estrada turned in a solid per­for­mance with six shutout in­nings. He al­lowed three hits and struck out seven while walk­ing a pair.

The vet­eran right-han­der is hope­ful the team will bounce back on a seven-game road trip be­gin­ning to­day in Ana­heim.

“It’s weird, it’s just hard to ex­plain right now,” he said. “We re­ally don’t know what’s go­ing on. I feel like we have been play­ing bet­ter as of late and I think things are go­ing to turn around.

“It al­most feels like the first few weeks were a fluke al­most. It just shouldn’t hap­pen to a team like this.”

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna gave up the game’s first run in the ninth in­ning. Mitch More­land hit a two-out dou­ble and scored on a Xan­der Bo­gaerts sin­gle.

Mo­rales hit his third homer of the sea­son in the bot­tom half off Craig Kim­brel (1-0).

In the 10th, Grilli (0-2) gave up a sin­gle and two walks be­fore Betts drove a ball into the left-field cor­ner to si­lence the crowd of 44,283.

“The bases are loaded, you don’t have a lot of wig­gle room in that sit­u­a­tion,” Grilli said. “So I tried to come in on him. He’s a good hit­ter, he got his hands in (the right spot) and did what he could. You tip your hat to him.”

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