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Blue Jays Series: A Battle With Division Rivals at TD Bank Park

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The Blue Jays Series against division rivals the Boston Red Sox kicked off on Tuesday night in Dunedin, Florida. Toronto enters the series and is trailing the first-place Red Sox by one and a half games heading into game one. The Blue Jays have a record of 22-17 as they prepare to take on the Boston Red Sox in one of their final homestands before the move to Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York.

Blue Jays Series: Game One

The Blue Jays Series versus the Boston Red Sox got underway on Tuesday night in Dunedin, Florida as Toronto hosted Boston at TD Bank Park. The Blue Jays entered the series a game and a half back of the Red Sox and Toronto has been heating up as of late and still does not have a healthy rotation or lineup. The Blue Jays sent their ace Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound as their starter in game one and he was dealing from the very start of the game until he was relieved.

Hyun-Jin Ryu was sitting batters down from the first pitch on in game one, he only allowed four hits in his seven innings of work on Tuesday night. The Blue Jays left-hander had seven strikeouts also in his seven scoreless innings pitched, that’s when the bullpen took over and continued with all the momentum against the American League East division leaders. The Blue Jays tacked on runs in every inning except three, they recorded 18 hits and scored eight runs on the Red Sox while the defense and pitching did their part and shut down the top team in the American League division.

Game Two

The Blue Jays series continued on Wednesday night as Toronto entered the ball game only a half-game back of the first-place Red Sox. The Blue Jays coming off an impressive game in game one, Toronto recorded 18 hits and eight runs in the first game of three versus Boston. The Red Sox were out for revenge and that’s what they got.

Blue Jays right-hander Ross Stripling had a first-inning to forget as he gave up two home runs and five runs in the first half-inning of the game, a much different start than the one we watched in game one. The second inning didn’t provide any better results for Stripling and the Blue Jays, Stripling gave up another home run and his sixth earned run allowed in under two innings. Toronto would cut into the 6-1 deficit late in the ball game as Marcus Semien hit his tenth home run of the season making it 6-3, however, Boston would hit another home run to make it 7-3 and that’s how this game would end.

The Blue Jays fall back to one and a half games back of the Boston Red Sox and they’ll look to the rubber match on Thursday, an opportunity to take the series as Toronto sends left-handed pitcher Steven Matz to the mound.

Game Three

The Blue Jays series finale was Thursday evening as left-handed pitcher Steven Matz took the mound in the rubber match. Toronto would get off to a great start as they scored two runs in the first inning and then the Red Sox woke up, tagging Matz and the Blue Jays for five runs in the second inning, Boston took a 5-3 lead into the third inning.

Steven Matz would settle in after that inning as he pitched four scoreless innings and allowed Toronto to get back into the game, they did just that as they tied the game up in the fifth inning scoring two runs and making 5-5, the Blue Jays added two more runs in the sixth inning completing the comeback and taking a 7-5 lead into the seventh inning.

Toronto would rely on their bullpen to get them through the remainder of the game as Steven Matz exited giving up 10 hits, and five earned runs in six innings against, Boston. The Red Sox trailing in the ninth inning and Toronto brought Rafael Dolis in to close out the game, well that was the plan, but Boston had other ideas. With two outs Boston gets a pitch and J. D Martinez makes no mistake taking the ball for a ride, right out of TD Bank Park and gave Boston an 8-7 lead which they would hold on to and take the series win over Toronto.

The Blue Jays now hold a 23-19 record and get prepared for a four-game series versus the Tampa Bay Rays at TD Bank Park in Dunedin, Florida.

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