September 26, 2018
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Blue Jays pound Red Sox pitching, snap Boston win streak at 10 games

Michael Dwyer | AP
Michael Dwyer | AP
Boston Red Sox manger Alex Cora, left, takes out starting pitcher Rick Porcello, second from left, during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston on Friday night.
By Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

BOSTON— Kevin Pillar had four hits and Justin Smoak had three, including a pair of homers, and they drove in four runs apiece on Friday night to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 13-7 and snap Boston’s 10-game winning streak.

Dwight Smith Jr. also homered for Toronto, which won for the second time in six games. Jake Petricka (1-0) pitched two innings of shutout ball in relief of Ryan Borucki, who lasted just three-plus innings but left with an 8-6 lead.

Mookie Betts had three hits, including two triples, to raise his major league-leading batting average to .357. J.D. Martinez had two hits for the Red Sox, who won 15 of their previous 17 games and will head into the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and the AL East lead.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had two hits — and two of Toronto’s four errors. Yangervis Solarte also had a pair of hits.

The Red Sox led 1-0 after one and posted five runs in the second to make it 6-3, getting a two-run triple off the Green Monster from Betts to take the lead. But Toronto answered with five in the third against 11-game winner Rick Porcello on Smoak’s leadoff homer, Pillar’s two-run double and then the two-run shot by Smith.

Betts, who tripled in each of the first two innings, also walked once and singled. Right-hander Seunghwan Oh came on to face him with two outs in the seventh and Toronto leading 8-7; Betts lined out to third, where Solarte did a celebratory dance with Gurriel, the shortstop, before leaving the field.

Toronto added three in the eighth on RBI singles by Smoak and Pillar and a run-scoring double by Kendrys Morales. Smoak made it 13-7 in the eighth with his 16th homer of the season.

BORE-YUCKY: It was 8-6 midway through the second, with both starters already giving up a five-run inning. Borucki pitched to three batters in the fourth and was charged with seven runs — four earned — and eight hits. Porcello (11-4) was pulled after allowing the first five batters in the third to reach base; in all, he gave up eight runs and seven hits.

TRAINER’S ROOM: Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) played his first game since June 6, with Double-A New Hampshire. He went 1 for 3 with a walk as the DH for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays against the GCL Phillies.

Red Sox: OF Andrew Benintendi went on the bereavement list because of a death in the family. He is expected to rejoin the team after the All-Star break. Sam Travis was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and started at designated hitter. … LHP Drew Pomeranz threw 78 pitches on a rehab appearance in Triple-A. He allowed three runs and four in 3 2/3 innings.

UP NEXT: Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-3) goes for his first win since May when the series resumes on Saturday afternoon.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (11-3) tries to keep the Red Sox from losing two in a row.

 


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