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Blue Jays vs Red Sox: A Split With The Boston

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The Blue Jays vs Red Sox ended in a split with both teams winning two games each at Fenway Park. The Toronto Blue Jays have found a way to stay in the hunt for the top two positions in the standings, despite battling an abundance of injuries to their pitching staff and more. The Blue Jays bats have done their part each night, the question marks remain around the team’s relievers and the depth of their starting pitching rotation.

Blue Jays vs Red Sox: Game One, Late Game Collapse, Again

The Blue Jays vs Red Sox series began on Friday night as Ross Stripling got the nod for Toronto as the game one starting pitcher. The Blue Jays bats got off to a quick start as they scored one run in the first inning, they then added two more runs in the second inning and took a 3-0 lead into the third inning.

The Jays would surrender a run in the third inning making it a 3-1 game until the sixth inning. Toronto would score two runs to make it a 5-1 ball game, however, Boston would respond in the bottom half of the inning scoring three runs to cut the lead to 5-4. That would bring an end to Ross Stripling’s day as he went 5 and two-thirds giving up four runs. Toronto would hold the slim lead into the eighth inning, the Red Sox would tie the game and in the ninth Rafael Dolis would surrender the sixth run to Boston and the Blue Jays lose a tough one, despite racking up 16 hits against Boston.

Blue Jays vs Red Sox: Game Two, The Bomb Show at Fenway

The series continued on Saturday as Toronto looked to even the series after a blown lead resulted in a loss the previous night. The Blue Jays bats once again were red hot as Steven Matz took the mound for Toronto. The Blue Jays jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning while Steven Matz kept Boston off the scoreboard, Toronto added four more runs in the fifth inning, taking a commanding 6-0 lead. Matz finished with five and two-thirds innings pitched, allowing one run on four hits and had eight strikeouts.

Toronto hit five home runs in this game including Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio. This is the first time all three hit a home run in the same game as Toronto Blue Jays. Marcus Semien would also add a home run along with Reese McGuire on route to a 7-2 victory over the Red Sox.

Blue Jays vs Red Sox: Game Three, Home Runs Everywhere

If fans were excited about the offensive outburst in game two, then game three would have fans jumping out of their seats. The Blue Jays entered game three looking to gain the advantage in the four-game series. The Blue Jays would run away with this game torching Boston for eight home runs as the trio of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette all homered in back to back games.

Teoscar Hernandez hit two three-run home runs in this game as well, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Marcus Semien, and Rowdy Tellez would all hit home runs for Toronto. The Blue Jays had 20 hits on route to an 18-4 victory in game three over the Boston Red Sox. Blue Jays starter Robbie Ray earns his fourth win of the season as he pitched six innings, racking up 10 strikeouts along the way. Toronto moved to 33-30 following the win and had a chance to take the series win in the finale on Monday night.

Blue Jays vs Red Sox: Game Four, A Pitchers Duel

The series continued however this game turned into a tightly contested pitchers duel. The Blue Jays sent young pitching prospect Alek Manoah to the mound in the finale and he did all he could to keep the Red Sox off the scoreboard. It was Boston who took the lead as they cashed a run in the third inning, the only run scored until the Blue Jays would tie the game with their 1ooth homerun of the 2021 season, thanks to MLB’s home run leader Vladimir Guerrero Jr., his 22nd home run of the season in the ninth inning with two outs got Toronto even until the Red Sox would ruin the comeback scoring the walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth.

Alek Manoah was everything the Blue Jays needed in this game, however, the Blue Jays offense could not get going in the series finale. Alek Manoah pitched six innings allowing only one run and racking up six strikeouts in his fourth MLB game. The Blue Jays decided to go with Rafael Dolis with the game tied heading into the bottom of the ninth and Rafael Devers hits the walk-off single to secure the win and the series split.

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