Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox - Game Report - July 15, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, July 15, 2019
Blue Jays (8) - Red Sox (10)
Two separate five-run outbursts provided all the offence for the Boston Red Sox as they held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 on Monday night.
Boston opened the contest by scoring five runs in the first, highlighted by standout rookie Michael Chavis’ grand slam.
After the Blue Jays made it 5-4, Boston put the game out of reach for good. With two outs in the inning, Boston loaded the bases with a single and two walks before Rafael Devers cashed in two runs with a single to right field.
Xander Bogaerts made it 8-4 one batter later with another single to right field that cashed in reigning MVP Mookie Betts.
Andrew Benintendi finished off the offensive onslaught with a two-run double, Boston’s ninth hit of the night, to push the score to 10-4.
The Blue Jays made a valiant comeback attempt in the eighth, scoring four runs to make it 10-8 but were unable to complete the comeback in the ninth.
Billy McKinney went 2-for-4 with a home run for Toronto (35-60) who have now lost three of four games coming out of the all-star break.
Trent Thornton (3-7) was lit up by the defending World Champions on Monday, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks over 1.1 rough innings. It was a disastrous first post-break start for the rookie, who was lit up in his previous start against Boston on July 2nd, allowing seven earned runs in 2.2 innings.
Chavis went 1-for-3 with two walks and four RBI for Boston (51-43) who are looking to get back on track after losing two of three games to the Dodgers in a World Series rematch.
Rick Porcello (7-7) was not at his best but did enough to earn the win, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out two across six innings of work.
Boston jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, doing all their damage against Thornton with one out in the inning.
Following a leadoff double from Betts, Thornton induced a pop up before issuing two straight walks to load the bases. Benintendi proceeded to open the scoring with a single to right field.
Chavis cleared the bases one batter later, crushing his first-career grand slam to centre-field to give the Red Sox a 5-0 lead.
The Blue Jays responded in the second inning when the newly called up McKinney smacked a two-run home run into the Boston bullpen to close the deficit to 5-2.
Toronto nearly drew even in the third, lining two singles off the former Cy Young winner before Randal Grichuk doubled to left field, bringing home Freddy Galvis for their third run of the game.
Justin Smoak closed the gap to one run with an RBI groundout one batter later.
The Blue Jays made some noise in the eighth inning, as they hit a double and three singles including an RBI single from Danny Jansen.
Brandon Drury drove Jansen home later in the inning with a sacrifice fly to bring the score to 10-6.
Galvis cashed in two more runs just two batters later, singling up the middle to bring the score to 10-8 going into the ninth.
Newly acquired Andrew Cashner (9-3, 3.83 ERA) will start for the Red Sox on Tuesday. The Jays have yet to officially announce their starter.