BOSTON (AP) — Raimel Tapia had three hits and drove in four runs, giving him 10 RBIs for the series, and Vladimir Guerrero had four hits for the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday as they beat the Boston Reds Sox 8-4 to complete a three-game sweep.
Two days after Tapia had a grand slam inside the park in a record 28-5 victory, he hit a goal-loaded triple to put Toronto up 5-0 over top prospect Boston Brayan Bello (0-2) – one of five players from the Red Sox roster who started the season as a minor.
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The Blue Jays also benefited from three errors and a series of other blunders from Boston, which is just half a game from last place in the AL East.
On the day 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 the last 10 and 13th of 16. Boston, which was a season -11 games over .500 on June 27, won no series against an AL East opponent in 12 tries this season.
Withering in the 98-degree heat and already trailing 5-1, the Red Sox were booed by the home crowd in the second inning, after George Springer stole second base and took third when Christian Vázquez’s pitch entered the outfield and was kicked through there. by left fielder Franchy Cordero.
Tim Mayza (4-0) took the win as the most effective reliever after inducing a double play in the seventh. Toronto starter Ross Stripling allowed two runs in four innings before reliever Trevor Richards gave up two more, when Jarren Duran tripled and scored in the fifth, then Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo homer in the sixth for bring the score to 8-4.
But the biggest joy of the day was when a snippet of Ortiz’s acceptance speech played on the scoreboard.
The Red Sox could have used him. Instead, the roster was missing ailing All-Stars JD Martinez and Rafael Devers and offseason best acquisition Trevor Story, the bottom five in the batting order all hitting worse than .220.
Bello allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out two in four innings; he has yet to reach fifth overall in any of his three major league starts. But this time he was hurt by bad luck and poor defense.
Toronto loaded the 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 third baseman Jeter Downs who was also launched by Cordero. Tapia made it 5-0 on a base-loaded triple wide of the center right.
The Blue Jays added three more in the fifth, which began when Hirokazu Sawamura knocked out leadoff hitter Teoscar Hernández when the Red Sox reliever put his fingers to his mouth with a 2-1 count after being cautioned, which resulted in two automatic bullets.
Hernandez came in to score on Tapia’s single, and another run scored when Downs threw the ball into the back of a baserunner on his way home; Downs also missed a routine grounder. The final run scored when pitcher Sawamura covered first on a dribbler to the right side of the infield but ran past the sack.
Red Sox: Martinez was available to pinch the shot despite back spasms and could return to the lineup on Monday night. … Story took swings as he recovered from a bruised right hand. INF/OF Kiké Hernández reported progress as he returned from a right hip flexor bend.
Blue Jays: Off Monday, host Cardinals Tuesday, with RHP Jose Berrios (7-4) facing St. Louis RHP Andre Pallante (3-4).
Red Sox: Open a four-game series against the Guardians, with RHP Nick Pivetta (8-7) to face Cleveland RHP Zach Plesac (2-7).
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