PEARCE’S HOMER, RBI SINGLE SINK RED SOX
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.
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.