Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox Game Report - April 11, 2019

Tom Stewart
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@tstewartsports

Thursday, April 11, 2019


Blue Jays (6) - Red Sox (7) Final

Photo Credit: @BlueJays

The Boston Red Sox scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to walk off the Toronto Blue Jays and split the mini two-game series 7-6 Thursday night at Fenway Park.

Rafael Devers singled home Eduardo Nunez to secure the comeback victory for the Red Sox (4-9). He went 2-for-4 with a run scored, two runs batted in and a walk.

Mitch Moreland hit his fourth home run in as many games. His solo home run in the bottom of the seventh completed a five-run comeback and his double in the bottom of the ninth tied the game at 6-6.

Nathan Eovaldi (0-0) was pulled after five innings. The hard-throwing righty surrendered five earned runs on six hits, with four walks and four strikeouts on 89 pitches.

Freddy Galvis had a four-hit night including the go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning. The red-hot infielder increased his season batting average to .395.

Aaron Sanchez (1-1) was also pulled after five innings of work. The right-hander scattered five hits, four runs, one earned, with five strikeouts and four walks on 100 pitches.

Ken Giles major league-leading consecutive save streak was snapped at 34 games. He blew his first save in four opportunities on the season and his first in a Blue Jays uniform.  

Justin Smoak returned to the Blue Jays (4-9) lineup in style. The designated hitter smacked a three-run shot in the third inning to straightaway centre field off of Eovaldi. He was 1-for-3 with a walk on the night.

Two batters later, Rowdy Tellez hit a towering two-run home run over the bullpen in right field. His third of the season scored Randal Grichuk, to increase the lead to 5-0.

In the bottom half of the third, J.D Martinez hit a sky-high double with tow outs off the centre field wall. Mookie Betts scored from first on the play to put Boston on the board, 5-1.

The very next batter Rafael Devers hit the Red Sox’s second double in as many at-bats, scoring Martinez from second, 5-2.

The two-out hit streak in the third continued courtesy of Dustin Pedroia. The veteran infielder hit a slow liner into shallow right field enough to score Devers from second base, 5-3.  

Back-to-back wild pitches with one out in the fifth from Sanchez led to an eventual Bogaerts run to bring the Red Sox within a score. 5-4.

Boston had a chance to tie it when the very next batter Pedroia hit a deep fly ball to centre field, but a perfect throw from Grichuk was able to beat Devers to the plate to preserve the lead and end the inning.

Next up for the Blue Jays, tomorrow night they will host the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. Trent Thorton (0-0, 1.69ERA) is scheduled to start for Toronto. 

The Red Sox will continue their homestand and welcome the Baltimore Orioles to town.