July 4, 2019

G87: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 7

Red Sox   - 100 006 001 - 8  8  0
Blue Jays - 210 300 010 - 7 11  0
Marco Hernández hit a pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth inning, after the Red Sox had fought back from a five-run deficit with six runs in the sixth, capped by Michael Chavis's three-run dong.

Brandon Workman, who had blown a save opportunity by allowing the Blue Jays to tie the game at 7-7 in the eighth, made things a little tense in the ninth. With one out, he walked Cavan Biggio and Justin Smoak. Workman got the second out before contending with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He fell behind 3-1 in the count, but Vlad II grounded out to third.

Rafael Devers hit his 15th homer of the year in the first inning, but the Red Sox then proceeded to fall behind 6-1, with Hector Velázquez (2.1-5-3-2-1, 50) and Colten Brewer each giving up three runs.

The first four Boston batters reached base in the sixth. Mookie Betts walked and Devers (2-for-3 and 2 walks), Xander Bogaerts, and J.D. Martinez (3-for-4) each singled. At that point, the Jays led 6-3. Eduardo Núñez (hitting for Brock Holt) fouled out to the catcher and a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Christian Vázquez walked. A run scored on Jackie Bradley's force out before Chavis belted his 15th homer of the year, giving Boston a 7-6 lead.

AL East: MFY 8, Rays 4 (10). The Rays scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Aroldis Chapman to tie the game at 3-3. New York scored five times in the top of the tenth, but the Rays did not go down without a fight. They had one run in and the bases loaded with two outs, but David Hale got a force out off the bat of potential-tying-run Yandy Díaz. ... MFY –, TBR 7.5, BOS 11.0.
Hector Velázquez / Marcus Stroman Derek Law
Betts, RF
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Martinez, LF
Holt, 2B
Vázquez, DH
Bradley, CF
Chavis, 1B
León, C
Hector Velázquez will make his first start since May 18 (when he allowed five runs and recorded only one out against the Astros). He has made seven relief appearances since then, with a 4.85 ERA in 13 innings (13-10-7-3-16).

AL East: MFY/Rays, 5 PM. ... MFY –, TBR 6.5, BOS 11.0.

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