Pearce’s bat leads Jays to vic­tory at Fen­way

The Hamilton Spectator - - FOOD - JIMMY GOLEN

BOS­TON — Steve Pearce hit a solo homer, then added the go-ahead sin­gle in the eighth in­ning in Toronto’s 4-3 vic­tory over the Bos­ton Red Sox on Mon­day night at Fen­way Park.

The Blue Jays led 3-0 af­ter two in­nings but Ma­jor League Base­ball’s Amer­i­can League East-lead­ing Red Sox scored three in the sev­enth, ty­ing it when Dustin Pe­droia hit Do­minic Leone’s only pitch off the Green Mon­ster to tie it.

One run scored on the dou­ble, and Mookie Betts was thrown out at the plate.

Toronto went back in front in the eighth when Pearce sin­gled to score pinch-run­ner Eze­quiel Car­rera from third.

Ryan Tepera (5-1), who started the eighth, was cred­ited with the vic­tory even though Leone was the pitcher of record when the win­ning run scored.

Base­ball rule 9.17 © in­structs the of­fi­cial scorer not to award a vic­tory to a re­liever who makes a short, in­ef­fec­tive ap­pear­ance.

Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Heath Hem­bree (1-3) took the loss.

Mar­cus Stro­man took a shutout into the sev­enth for Toronto, al­low­ing three hits — two of them in­field hits to the pitcher. But he was also charged with an er­ror for fail­ing to get his foot on the bag when first base­man Justin Smoak fielded Jackie Bradley Jr.’s grounder.

Stro­man walked Chris­tian Vazquez to load the bases. Brock Holt’s sac­ri­fice fly scored one run and Betts sin­gled in an­other to chase Stro­man.

UP NEXT Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (3-6) starts in Game 2 of the se­ries at 7:10 p.m. Red Sox: Brian John­son (2-0) is ex­pected to be re­called from Triple-A Paw­tucket to make the start.


Toronto Blue Jays re­liever Ryan Tepera watches a pitch to the Bos­ton Red Sox in the eighth in­ning Mon­day night. Tepera pitched one score­less in­ning for the win, im­prov­ing to 5-1 on the sea­son, in a 4-3 Jays vic­tory.

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