More­land leads Red Sox sweep of Jays

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - MELISSA COUTO

Pinch-hit­ter Mitch More­land broke a tie with a tworun 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, in Amer­i­can League base­ball ac­tion Wed­nes­day night to com­plete a three-game sweep.

More­land, in to pinch-hit for DH 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 for a 3-1 lead. More­land was at it again in Bos­ton’s four-run eighth, lac­ing a soft line drive to cen­tre off Aaron Loup to plate two more.

Ramirez also home­red for the AL 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.

Toronto has won just one of nine against the Red Sox at Rogers Cen­tre this sea­son, be­ing outscored 5723 in that span.

J.A. Happ went six in­nings in the no-de­ci­sion, al­low­ing one run and four hits while strik­ing out two. The left-han­der also matched a sea­son­high with four walks.

Lopez put Toronto on the board in the third, send­ing a Por­cello curve­ball over the right-field wall for his sec­ond homer of the sea­son.

But Ramirez launched his team­lead­ing 21st homer into the left-field seats to tie the game 1-1 in the fifth, snap­ping Happ’s streak of 39 2/3 in­nings with­out al­low­ing a homer.

Betts and Bo­gaerts started Bos­ton’s four-run eighth with back-to­back RBI dou­bles off Tim Mayza. Mayza did not record an out and was charged with all four runs in the in­ning. NOTES: Justin Smoak sat out the game with a tight calf. Manager John Gib­bons be­lieved it to be a mi­nor in­jury. Gib­bons also said that sec­ond base­man Devon Travis had a set­back in his re­hab and will likely not play again this sea­son. Josh Don­ald­son was given the night off . ... At­ten­dance was 37,693. ... Ryan Goins sin­gled in the fourth in­ning to ex­tend his hit streak to nine games . ... The Jays start four games in Bal­ti­more on Thurs­day.

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