June 23, 2018
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Blue Jays’ Stroman stifles struggling Sox

Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Boston's Dustin Pedroia (15) reacts after fouling a ball off his foot during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday night.
By SportsDirect, Special to the BDN

BOSTON — Toronto’s Marcus Stroman dominated the Boston Red for the second time in a week as the Blue Jays won for the seventh time in eight games, 4-2 Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Stroman (7-2), who tossed seven scoreless innings to defeat the Red Sox on Thursday in Toronto, allowed a run and six hits over seven innings while striking out a career-high eight. Colby Rasmus ripped a solo homer and scored twice and Anthony Gose had a two-run double as the Blue Jays won their fifth straight against the Red Sox and improved to 5-0 at Fenway Park this year.

Rubby De La Rosa (3-4) surrendered three runs and nine hits in six solid innings while being outmatched by Stroman for the second straight start.

“I thought Rubby gave us an opportunity to win,” said Boston manager John Farrell. “He pitched with some men on base. With the exception of the 3-1 changeup to Gose that doesn’t get to the spot for the two-run double on his part, I thought he gave us a solid effort and we had probably three opportunities where we had multiple men on base and the timely hit was elusive.”

Dustin Pedroia’s RBI double in the third and Xander Bogaerts’ solo homer in the ninth accounted for the offense for Boston, which has scored 17 runs during a 1-7 stretch.

Rasmus started the scoring in the second when he launched a 3-2 delivery from De La Rosa over the wall in center. Boston’s Brock Holt singled with one out in the bottom of the third and came all the way around on Pedroia’s double to center to tie it.

Two singles and a bunt to begin the fourth put two men in scoring position for Gose, who snapped the deadlock with a double to right. Gose also singled and scored in the ninth to make it 4-1 before Casey Janssen got past the Bogaerts blast for his 17th save.

MLB NOTEBOOK: Toronto activated recently acquired INF Danny Valencia and optioned RHP Rob Rasmussen to Triple-A Buffalo. … The Blue Jays have outscored the Red Sox 38-13 in Boston this year. … Boston lost its 28th game at home, matching its total for all of 2013. … Rays LHP David Price, the subject of numerous trade rumors, is scheduled to start Wednesday’s series finale against Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo. … Rays SS Yunel Escobar was ejected in Tuesday night’s game against Milwaukee for arguing balls and strikes. … Arizona 2B Aaron Hill, who missed two games after being hit on the right hand with a pitch Saturday, was hit with a pitch in the sixth Tuesday night against Cincinnati and finished hitless to end his hitting streak at 10 games.

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