Six-run Sixth Inning Lifts Red Sox Past Jays

Jenn Connor
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A six-run sixth inning propelled the Boston Red Sox to a 9-7 come-from-behind victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game series at Sahlen field in Buffalo Tuesday night. 

The Blue Jays erupted for four runs in the bottom of the first inning off Red Sox starter Kyle Hart. Back-to-back singles by Cavan Biggio and Randal Grichuk got things started and after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. lined out to center, Teoscar Hernandez walked to load the bases. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. then jumped on a 2-0 slider from Hart and doubled to right, scoring Biggio and Grichuk. Travis Shaw popped out and with two out, Danny Jansen singled to left to score both Hernandez and Gurriel Jr. 

The Red Sox got one run back in the top of the second off Jays starter Chase Anderson, Mitch Moreland’s rbi single scoring Xander Bogaerts, who doubled to start the inning. The Jays threatened to blow the game open in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases with one out. But, Hart got Guerrero Jr. to ground out into a double play and the opportunity was gone. 

The Red Sox rallied for two in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-,3 but the Jays got those right back, Guerrero delivering a key two-out, two-run single to left scoring Santiago Espinal and Biggio. 

The game unravelled for the Blue Jays in the sixth inning. Leading 6-3, Anderson started the inning, but was relieved after walking Moreland to start the frame. Jays reliever Wilmer Font struggled however, giving up two runs -- one charged to Anderson -- on three hits and was pulled, leaving with the bases loaded and the Jays clinging to a 6-5 lead. Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers greeted reliever A.J. Cole with a bases-clearing triple to right and the Red Sox led 8-6 and still threatening. Cole got out of the inning, but not before the Red Sox added another and led 9-6 after six. 

After a scoreless seventh and eighth inning, the Jays threatened in the bottom of the ninth off Red Sox closer Matt Barnes. Teoscar Hernandez hit an opposite field solo homerun -- his 11th -- and after Joe Panik singled, Gurriel came to the plate representing the tying run. But, Gurriel struck out as did pinch hitter Rowdy Tellez and a game that began so promising, had gotten away. 

Anderson was charged with three runs while giving up seven hits over five innings of work. He walked one and struck out three. Font (1-3) took the loss, giving up four runs and three hits while facing just five batters in the fateful sixth inning. Phillips Valdez (1-0) picked up the win in relief for the Red Sox. 

The two teams are back at it tomorrow night with Nathan Eovaldi the scheduled starter for Boston, and the Jays starter yet to be named. First pitch 6:37 p.m.