Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox Game Report - April 9, 2019

Tom Stewart
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@tstewartsports

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Blue Jays (7) - Red Sox (5) Final

Photo Credit: @BlueJays

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. swipes the sixth straight-steal of home plate in franchise history as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-5 Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park. 

Freddy Galvis continued his great start with Toronto, the infielder went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs batted in and a stolen base.

Jays starter Matt Shoemaker (3-0) went 5.2/3 innings, scattering five hits, two earned runs, with four strikeouts and two walks on 93 pitches.

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was solid in a losing effort, the 26-year old went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, an RBI and two walks.

Chris Sale (0-3) continued his trend of lackluster starts to begin this season. The towering left-hander was pulled after only four innings pitched. He scattered seven hits, five earned runs with three strikeouts across just 76 pitches. 

In the Blue Jays’ half of the ninth, Galvis doubled to the right field wall scoring outfielder Billy McKinney and restoring the Jays lead back to two-runs, 7-5. The 29-year old is now 5-for-6 as a Blue Jay with runners in scoring position, with 4RBI.

Ken Giles struggled early in the bottom of the ninth. After allowing two baserunners to reach and bringing the winning run to the plate, the right-hander was able to get three straight outs to close out the inning, picking up his third save of the young season.

The Blue Jays (4-8) snapped a streak of four straight losses and scored a season-high seven runs, spoiling the home opener celebrations for the world series winning Red Sox in the process.

Mitch Moreland opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. A solo home run, his fourth of the season off of Shoemaker.

Boston (3-9) extended their early lead in the bottom half of the second, Dustin Pedroia, playing in his first game of the year, grounded into a double-play scoring Bogaerts from third, 2-0.

Toronto opened the third inning with three straight singles, leading to Galvis and Teoscar Hernandez driving home a run each to tie the ball game at 2-2.

The Blue Jays continued to play well to start the fourth. They strung together three consecutive hits for the second inning in a row.

The third hit in the streak was a single into centre-field off the bat of Gurriel Jr. scoring Randal Grichuk from third and giving the Jays their first lead of the afternoon, 3-2.

The defensive troubles continued in the inning for the Red Sox after a wild pitch from Sale squeaked past the catcher Christian Vasquez, Danny Jansen crossed home plate, extending the Blue Jays lead to 4-2.  

The Red Sox bit into the Jays' lead to kick off their half of the sixth inning. Mookie Betts lifted his fourth home run of the season over the Green Monster to cut the Toronto lead to two runs.

With two outs in the sixth, Hernandez bobbled a routine pop-fly from Rafael Devers, the error allowed Bogaerts to score all the way from first, making it a 5-4 game.

A two-out rally in the top of the seventh was capped off by an RBI single from Grichuk. His second hit of the ballgame was looped into centre-field and pushed the Toronto lead to 6-4.

Joe Biagini cruised through the first two batters he faced in the eighth inning, but the Red Sox answered with a two-out rally of their own. A double off the bat of Bogaerts scored the designated hitter J.D Martinez to cut the Jays lead to just one run late in the contest.

The Blue Jays and Red Sox will both have the day off tomorrow, before returning to action Thursday night for the finale of this quick two-game series.

Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 1.64ERA) is set to take on right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 8.10ERA).