First meet­ing in Fen­way goes Blue Jays’ way

The Buffalo News - - BASEBALL -

BOS­TON – Steve Pearce hit a long solo home run in the sec­ond in­ning and then snapped a 3-3 tie in the eighth, lead­ing the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 vic­tory over the Bos­ton Red Sox in the first Fen­way Park meet­ing of the sea­son be­tween the Amer­i­can League East op­po­nents on Mon­day night.

With many Blue Jays fans in at­ten­dance, Toronto (43-49) won for only the sec­ond time in seven tries against the Red Sox (52-42) this sea­son.

The Red Sox had just ral­lied with three un­earned runs against Mar­cus Stro­man and re­liever Do­minic Leone in the sev­enth when Pearce came through with a one-out sin­gle that chased pinchrun­ner Eze­quiel Car­rera home from third against re­liever Heath Hem­bree (1-3).

Stro­man’s er­ror at­tempt­ing to step on first base was the key to a sev­enth in­ning that ended with Dustin Pe­droia drilling the first pitch from Leone (just re­called from the mi­nors) for a dou­ble that tied the score.

Mookie Betts, who had sin­gled in the sec­ond run (his 14th RBI against Toronto this sea­son), ran through a stop sign at third base and was thrown out at the plate by a re­lay from Troy Tu­low­itzki.

In the top of the eighth, Kendrys Mo­rales’ third hit of the game sent Justin Smoak to third af­ter Smoak (sin­gle, two walks) walked. Mo­rales had a two-run dou­ble off starter Ed­uardo Ro­driguez in the first in­ning.

Ro­driguez was mak­ing his first ma­jor league ap­pear­ance since suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury on June 1.

Ryan Tepera (5-1) worked a per­fect eighth and was given credit for the win af­ter Leone sur­ren­dered the lead against the only bat­ter he faced. Roberto Osuna pitched a per­fect ninth for his 23rd save.

An­drew Ben­in­tendi had two hits and a walk and Brock Holt a sac­ri­fice fly for the Red Sox.

Ro­driguez struck out the first hit­ter of the game, but Rus­sell Martin sin­gled. Af­ter an­other strike­out and a walk, Mo­rales hit one off the wall in left for a tworun dou­ble.

Pearce then hit the third pitch of the sec­ond in­ning 434 feet out of Fen­way Park to make it 3-0.

A div­ing play by Josh Don­ald­son kept the Red Sox off the score­board in the fifth in­ning. With first and sec­ond and one out, Brock Holt hit a shot to Don­ald­son’s left. The third base­man speared it with a dive and forced Chris­tian Vazquez at sec­ond.

Stro­man then fanned Betts, who came in with three homers and 13 RBIs against Toronto this sea­son. It was Stro­man’s sev­enth strike­out of Betts this sea­son.

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Steve Pearce rounds the bases af­ter hit­ting a solo home run in the sec­ond in­ning for the Blue Jays.

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