More­land comes off bench hot

First base­man hits home run as Bosox sweep Blue Jays

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY MELISSA COUTO

Pinch-hit­ter Mitch More­land broke a tie with a two-run homer in the sev­enth, then drove in two more runs an in­ning later as the Bos­ton Red Sox downed the strug­gling Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 on Wed­nes­day to com­plete a three-game sweep.

More­land, in to pinch hit for des­ig­nated hit­ter Chris Young in the sev­enth, fol­lowed a Han­ley Ramirez dou­ble by drilling a fast­ball from re­liever Tom Koehler (1-7) into the sec­ond deck in right field to give the vis­i­tors a 3-1 lead.

More­land was at it again in Bos­ton’s four-run eighth in­ning, lac­ing a soft line drive to cen­tre off Aaron Loup to plate two more.

Ramirez also home­red for the Amer­i­can League East lead­ing Red Sox (76-57), go­ing deep for the sec­ond time in as many nights. Mookie Betts and Xan­der Bo­gaerts added RBI dou­bles.

Rick Por­cello (9-15) went 6 2/3 in­nings of one-run ball with six hits, two walks and seven strike­outs. Por­cello, last year’s AL Cy Young win­ner, has gone at least six in­nings in 25 straight road starts, the long­est ac­tive streak in the ma­jors.

Raffy Lopez hit a solo homer for the reel­ing Blue Jays (61-72), who have lost four straight and 10 of their last 12 games.

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