Stroman, Gurriel lead Blue Jays over Red Sox 6-1
Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt, left, is tagged out by Toronto Blue Jays' Danny Jansen, right, as he attempts to score on a single by Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. in the second inning of a baseball game in Boston, Sunday, June 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Ken Powtak, The Associated Press
Published Sunday, June 23, 2019 4:46PM EDT
BOSTON - Marcus Stroman pitched six shutout innings, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had three hits and threw out a runner at the plate, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1 Sunday.
Danny Jansen hit a two-run single and Eric Sogard a solo homer for the Blue Jays, who won the final two games of the three-game series. Rowdy Tellez added two hits and scored twice.
The Red Sox had won eight of nine after taking the series opener Friday on Christian Vazquez's two-run, walk-off homer.
Stroman (5-9) held the Red Sox to five singles - three coming consecutively in the second inning when Gurriel made his throw from left field - and struck out six while walking one. It's the fifth time in his last eight starts that he's held an opponent to no more than one earned run.
Rick Porcello (5-7) gave up five runs on eight hits over six innings.
The Blue Jays scored single runs in the second and third before adding three more in the sixth for a 5-0 lead.
Unlike the first two games of the series when each team blew a big lead late, Stroman and three relievers made this one stand.
On Friday, the Red Sox trailed 5-1 in the seventh. Toronto fell behind 6-0 and trailed 6-1 in the seventh Saturday before coming back against Boston's beleaguered bullpen.
With Toronto leading 2-0, Porcello balked home a run before Jansen lined his bases-loaded single to left centre.
Gurriel cut down Brock Holt trying to score from second easily on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s single with two on and one out.
Brandon Drury's broken bat RBI single made it 1-0, and Cavan Biggio had a run-scoring double.
FLYING BROKEN BAT
A young boy seated about 15 rows behind Toronto's on-deck circle was grazed by a piece of Drury's bat that broke on his RBI single, sending the barrel flying over the protect netting. The boy was immediately visited by an EMT, and the Red Sox said he received medical attention and stayed in his seat.
LIKES SEEING THEM
Tellez went 2 for 3 with a double, single and intentional walk. In seven games against the Red Sox this season, he's batting .423 (11 for 26) with five homers and nine RBIs.
“He's been killing us,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said before the game.
Barring Boston's game being postponed Monday, knuckleballer Steven Wright is eligible to return Tuesday after serving his 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
Red Sox: INF Holt came out with left hamstring tightness. He had been the club's hottest hitter since coming off the injured list May 27, batting .357 entering Sunday. . Manager Alex Cora said he expects to have 3B Rafael Devers (right hamstring tightness) back in the lineup on Monday. He hasn't started in three straight games, pinch hitting twice. . 1B Steve Pearce (lower back strain) was slated to have another rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, and Cora said they'd decide in the next few days when he'd return.
Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-9, 5.49 ERA) is slated to start the opener of a three-game series Monday at Yankee Stadium against LHP CC Sabathia (4-4, 4.14).
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (8-4, 4.71) is in line to start against White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (10-2, 2.74) in the opener of a three-game set Monday at Fenway Park.