Blue Jays vs. Red Sox Game Recap - May 20, 2019

Jamie Branje
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Monday, May 20, 2019

Xander Bogaerts tallied three hits including a home run to help the Boston Red Sox roll over the Toronto Blue Jays 12-2 on Monday afternoon.


Bogaerts also scored three runs and drove in three in a game the Red Sox dominated. The three four and five hitters in the Red Sox lineup; Mitch Moreland, Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, combined for nine hits, eight runs and six RBI.


Luke Maile hit his first home run of the season in the second inning, and his two-run home run was all the offence Toronto could muster.


David Price (2-2) returned to the mound and pitched well in his return from tendinitis in his pitching elbow. The injury caused him to miss most of the month of May.


He pitched five innings of two-run ball, neither of which were earned, to go with four strikeouts and only three hits allowed.


Edwin Jackson (0-1) struggled in his second start for his new team, allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts. 


The Red Sox (25-22) have now won seven of their last ten after a dreadful start to the season. This loss dropped the Blue Jays to 19-28, as they continue to struggle to find consistent success.


Boston took a lead it would not surrender in the third inning, when Bogaerts hit a two-run single off of Jackson to score Mookie Betts and Moreland. 


The visiting team continued to pad its lead with two-run innings in the sixth, seventh and ninth, including home runs by Jackie Bradley Jr, Bogaerts and Devers.


Toronto responded early when Billy McKinney reached on a throwing error and Maile cashed him in with a two-run bomb to left centre, but could find no offence beyond that.


Elvis Luciano was roughed up for four runs on four hits and two walks in just an inning and a third, and the bullpen together allowed six runs in four innings of work.


These two teams will meet again tomorrow night for game two of this four game series where Boston will send Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 4.89 ERA) to the mound opposite Marcus Stroman (1-6, 2.95 ERA) for Toronto.