BOSTON (AP) — Raimel Tapia had three hits and drove in four runs, earning him 10 RBIs for the series, and Vladimir Guerrero had four hits for the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday as they defeated the awkward Boston Red Sox 8-4 defeated a three-game sweep.
Two days after Tapia had an inside-the-park grand slam in a record-breaking 28-5 win, he had a base-loaded triple to take Toronto 5-0 ahead of top Boston prospect Brayan Bello (0- 2) to defeat. – one of five players in the Red Sox roster to start the season in the minors.
The Blue Jays also capitalized on three errors and a string of other errors from Boston, which is just a half-game shy of bottoming out in the AL East.
On the day that David Ortiz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame about a four-hour drive west, the Red Sox lost their fifth straight game, their ninth of their last 10 and 13th of 16. Boston that was a season -high 11 games over .500 on June 27, has not won a series against an AL East opponent in 12 attempts this season.
The Red Sox, wilting in the 98-degree heat and already 5-1 down, were booed by the home crowd in the second inning after George Springer stole second base and took third when Christian Vázquez’s throw into the outfield and kicked around there by left fielder Franchy Cordero.
Tim Mayza (4-0) secured victory as the most effective break-up after initiating a double play in the seventh round. Toronto starter Ross Stripling allowed two runs in four innings before reliever Trevor Richards gave up two more as Jarren Duran tripled and hit in the fifth, then Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo homer in the sixth for an 8-4.
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But the biggest cheer of the day came when a clip of Ortiz’s acceptance speech played on the scoreboard.
The Red Sox could have used him. Instead, the lineup lacked battered All-Stars JD Martinez and Rafael Devers and top offseason acquisition Trevor Story, with the bottom five in batting order all worse than .220.
Bello allowed five runs with nine hits and two walks, and hit two in four innings; He hasn’t finished fifth in any of his three major league starts. But this time, some bad luck and a poor defense injured him.
Toronto loaded bases in the first inning on two soft-hit balls — one that bounced off third base — and a walk, then Cavan Biggio connected for a two-run single against third baseman Jeter Downs, also booted by Cordero . Tapia made it 5-0 with a base-loaded three to the right center gap.
The Blue Jays added three more in the fifth, which began when Hirokazu Sawamura passed leadoff batter Teoscar Hernández when the Red Sox relief put his fingers to his mouth after a caution with a 2-1 count, leading to two automatic balls.
Hernandez came around to score on Tapia’s singles and scored another run when Downs threw the ball in the back of a baserunner going home. Downs also muted a routine grounder. The final run scored when pitcher Sawamura first covered a dribbler down the right side of midfield but overran the pocket.
Red Sox: Martinez was available for a pinch punch despite back spasms and was able to return to the lineup Monday night. … Story picked up momentum while recovering from a bruised right hand. INF/OF Kiké Hernández reported progress while working back from a right hip flexor stretch.
Blue Jays: Free on Monday, hosts Tuesday’s Cardinals, RHP Jose Berrios (7-4) meets St. Louis RHP Andre Pallante (3-4).
Red Sox: Four-game open series vs. Guardians, with RHP Nick Pivetta (8-7) vs. Cleveland RHP Zach Plesac (2-7).
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