PEARCE’S HOMER, RBI SIN­GLE SINK RED SOX

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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 Red Sox on Mon­day night.

The Blue Jays led 3-0 af­ter two in­nings but Bos­ton 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, 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 (c) 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.

MON­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Ryan Zim­mer­man set the Na­tion­als’ ca­reer home run record with a solo shot, and Bryce Harper con­nected as Wash­ing­ton pow­ered its way to a 6-1 vic­tory and a four-game sweep of the Reds. Zim­mer­man’s 235th ca­reer homer moved him ahead of Vladimir Guer­rero for most in Ex­pos-Na­tion­als his­tory. … Seth Smith hit a tiebreak­ing homer in the sev­enth in­ning and the Ori­oles used a strong per­for­mance by its strug­gling pitch­ing staff to beat the Rangers 3-1. Smith con­nected off An­drew Cash­ner (4-8) to make it 2-1, Bal­ti­more’s first lead since the all-star break fol­low­ing a three-game sweep by the Cubs. Bal­ti­more yielded 27 runs in that se­ries, in­clud­ing 21 by the starters over 11L in­nings. … Gre­gory Polanco dou­bled twice, drove in two runs and threw out a po­ten­tial go-ahead run at the plate to lead the surg­ing Pi­rates toa 4-2 win over the Brew­ers. Polanco fin­ished 4 for 4 and is hit­ting .446 this month. Fran­cisco Cervelli added two hits for the Pi­rates, who pulled within six games of the first-place Brew­ers. … Paul DeJong home­red against the Mets for the fourth straight game and Adam Wain­wright hit an RBI dou­ble while win­ning his fourth con­sec­u­tive start, send­ing the Car­di­nals to a 6-3 vic­tory. … Gian­carlo Stan­ton home­red twice and Dee Gor­don hit an RBI sin­gle with two outs in the 10th in­ning that sent the Mar­lins over the Phillies 6-5. Justin Bour also home­red for the Mar­lins. … Ed­die Rosario had two RBI dou­bles and Ed­uardo Es­co­bar added the go-ahead, pinch-hit sin­gle in the eighth in­ning to help the Twins to a 4-2 vic­tory over the Yan­kees. Brian Dozier had two hits and Adal­berto Me­jia gave up one run and struck out four in 5L in­nings for the Twins, who were tied 2-2 when Es­co­bar de­liv­ered a base hit to left field off left-han­der Caleb Smith (0-1). … Nicholas Castel­lanos and Mikie Mah­took went deep, Jor­dan Zim­mer­mann smoth­ered the Royals with strikes and the Tigers pro­ceeded to trounce Kansas City 10-2. … Jon Lester bounced back from the short­est start of his ca­reer by al­low­ing only one run in seven in­nings and Chicago stopped At­lanta’s ninth-in­ning come­back to give the Cubs a 4-3 win over the Braves. The Cubs led 4-1 be­fore At­lanta scored two runs in the ninth off closer Wade Davis and loaded the bases with two outs. … Kyle Sea­ger and Danny Va­len­cia hit back-to-back homers in the 10th in­ning to lift the Mariners to a 9-7 win over the Astros.

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