Jays spoil f lag-rais­ing party of Red Sox

The Buffalo News - - BASEBALL -

Matt Shoe­maker pitched into the sixth in­ning to earn his third straight win, Lour­des Gur­riel Jr. hit an RBI sin­gle and stole home, and the vis­it­ing Toronto Blue Jays de­feated the Bos­ton Red Sox, 7-5, Tues­day af­ter­noon on the day the Red Sox un­furled their 2018 world cham­pi­onship ban­ner at Fen­way Park.

Bos­ton left-han­der Chris Sale (0-3) con­tin­ued to strug­gle, al­low­ing seven hits and five runs while strik­ing out three in four in­nings. The Red Sox fell to 3-9 on the sea­son.

Shoe­maker (3-0) al­lowed five hits, two walks and four runs (two earned) and added four strike­outs as the Blue Jays ended a four-game los­ing streak.

Ken Giles pitched around a sin­gle and a walk in the ninth to earn his third save of the sea­son.

Mitch More­land and Mookie Betts home­red for the Red Sox in their home opener.

More­land’s fourth homer this sea­son came in the first in­ning.

Bos­ton led 2-0 in the sec­ond af­ter Xan­der Bo­gaerts scored from third on a dou­ble-play grounder by Dustin Pe­droia, who was re­moved from the in­jured list Tues­day.

Bo­gaerts had reached base on a grounder when Shoe­maker took first base­man Alen Han­son’s feed but failed to step on first base for an er­ror. Bo­gaerts took third on a sin­gle by Rafael Dev­ers.

The Blue Jays scored twice in the third on sin­gles by Han­son, Billy McKin­ney and Freddy Galvis, fol­lowed by a sac­ri­fice fly by Teoscar Her­nan­dez.

Toronto added three runs in the fourth to lead 5-2. Ran­dal Grichuk and Danny Jansen led off with sin­gles. Grichuk took third on a passed ball. Gur­riel hit an RBI sin­gle. Richard Urena sac­ri­ficed the run­ners to sec­ond and third. Jansen scored on a passed ball, and then Gur­riel stole home.

Betts hit his third homer this sea­son to lead off the sixth in­ning. Tim Mayza re­placed Shoe­maker af­ter Bo­gaerts walked with two out. Bo­gaerts scored when Her­nan­dez dropped the ball for a two-base er­ror on a fly to left by Dev­ers. Daniel Hud­son re­placed Mayza to fin­ish the in­ning and pitch a per­fect sev­enth.

Tyler Thorn­burg re­placed Sale and al­lowed one hit in two in­nings be­fore Heath Hem­bree took over in the sev­enth.

Af­ter a two-out walk to Her­nan­dez, Bran­don Work­man re­placed Hem­bree and, af­ter a stolen base, walked Bran­don Drury and al­lowed Grichuk’s RBI sin­gle.

Joe Bi­agini al­lowed two-out dou­bles to J.D. Martinez and Bo­gaerts in the eighth as Bos­ton cut the lead to 6-5.

Matt Barnes hit McKin­ney with a pitch in the top of the ninth and Galvis hit an RBI dou­ble to re­store Toronto’s two-run lead.

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