Teoscar Hernandez netted a two-run brace for the Blue Jays, who scored the Red Sox for 16 hits and scored in six of the first seven innings while building a 12-0 lead. Each Toronto starter had at least one hit and produced at least one run as the Blue Jays scored 9 for 20 with runners in scoring position. Cavan Biggio was the only Toronto starter not to score a run.
Ryu (10-5) limited the Red Sox to just two hits in six innings, struck out five strikes and failed to produce a batter.
Bobby Dalbec netted an RBI brace in the seventh for Boston. The Red Sox finished with just six hits.
The Blue Jays led 6-0 in the fifth with two runners for Guerrero, who crushed his 33rd homer of the season when reliever Phillips Valdez threw him in with a change. The bullet cleared the green monster as well as a billboard above several yards on its way to Lansdowne Street.
The Blue Jays have taken three of four wins in Boston, which still leads AL East to Tampa Bay, second for a weekend streak.
The Red Sox only scored in the seventh inning, when Dalbec passed the wall in the middle of the field to score Christian Vazquez, whose brace with a takedown from reliever Tayler Saucedo was just the third hit of the night for Boston.
Eduardo Rodriguez (7-6) was manhandled early, allowing Teoscar Hernandez to double the goals as Toronto scored three first inning goals on four hits and one walk. Rodriguez pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and four walks. He took out eight.
While there was not much to encourage defensively for Boston, Hunter Renfroe avoided further damage by depriving Randal Grichuk of a homerun on the right in the fourth inning. Renfroe ran down the ball and held on when he slammed his left hip into the low wall. Boston’s Alex Verdugo also hit the wall in the left sleeve to catch a foul from Biggio.
MEETING AT HOME
The Blue Jays will finally be back home, that is to say in Toronto, this weekend.
The coronavirus pandemic and health protocols have kept the Blue Jays south of the Canadian border for the past two seasons as they played ‘home’ games in Buffalo, New York and Dunedin, Fla., But the club had returned home after the game and planned to host the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Blue Jays: OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was out of the roster after leaving Wednesday night’s game in the seventh inning when he threw a throw off his left elbow. Director Charlie Montoyo said the x-rays did not show a break and Gurriel would be hand to mouth. … The Blue Jays have moved closer to Brad Hand in a trade with the Nationals for catching prospect Riley Adams. “He’s a great addition and he’s going to help,” Montoyo said.
Red Sox: RHP option Tanner Houck at Triple-A Worcester a day after the rookie struck out seven strikes in four innings in a start as Boston won to get a split in a doubles program. Houck allowed a run on two walks with one walk and had a 2.45 ERA in four starts for Boston. Hauk is expected to return soon enough and is expected to start one of the games in a double-per-week schedule starting Saturday in Toronto. “It’s going to be a big part of what we’re trying to accomplish. He’s already a big part of it, ”Cora said.
Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (3-6, 4.84 ERA) are set to face LHP Daniel Lynch (1-2, 7.88) of Kansas City as Toronto opens a three-game home streak against the Royals.
Red Sox: LHP Martin Perez (7-6, 4.18) is set to start Friday night as Boston opens a three-game set at Tampa Bay, which only trails the Red Sox in the LA East.