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Final: Blue Jays 13, Red Sox 7 – Porcello belted as winning streak ends

The Red Sox' 10-game winning streak ended with a thud, pounded by the Toronto Blue Jays, 13-7.

Starter Rick Porcello was rocked for three runs in the second and five more in the third in his worst outing of the season.

The Sox had scored first and led 6-3 after two, and even after a five-run third for the Jays, scored in the fourth to make it a one-run game. But while the bullpen bought some time with scoreless innings in the middle of the game, the offense couldn't make up enough ground.

Eventually, Red Sox relievers failed to hold off the Jays, who scored three runs off Joe Kelly in the eighth and two more off Robby Scott in the ninth to salt the game away.

Justin Smoak led the way with two homers and four RBI. Kevin Pillar also had four hits and four RBI.

For the Sox, Mookie Betts reached base four times and had two triples while knocking in two and scoring twice.

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS

10:10 Tough times continue for Joe Kelly, who's now been scored upon in three of his last eight appearances and whose ERA is now 3.92.

9:48  Red Sox are getting solid relief work from their secondary relievers tonight. Hector Velazquez, Tyler Thornburg and Ryan Brasier have combined to give them five shutout innings, cleaning up the mess by Porcello. If they don't come back to win this one, it won't be because the bullpen failed to do its job.

9:01 You got the feeling, early on, that this was going to be One of Those Nights -- high-scoring, a ton of baserunners, a parade of pitchers. And yup, here we are.

8:16   Just a brutal -- no other word for it -- outing for Porcello, who has easily his worst start of the season, over after just two-plus innings. He allowed eight runs on seven hits with four walks. Couldn't locate and when he did, he was hammered. Hector Velazquez on.

8:04  After two innings, the Jays have committed four errors. When the Jays visited  earlier in the season, they looked like a team that had quit -- failing to run out ground balls, etc. Can't attribute all the miscues to a lack of focus, but it sure doesn't reflect well for the team to play in such a sloppy manner.

7:37  Rick Porcello ordinarily has pinpoint control (he'd walked just 27 in 19 starts this season), but he's walked three (!) in the second inning alone. Two have already scored. He's already tied his season high for most walks, and we're only in the second inning.

7:20 Mookie Betts picks up where he left off Thursday night, blasting a triple to the triangle to start the first. The ball reached the 420' sign in center, and Betts sped around the bases. Hard to believe that Mitch Moreland has four triples this season and that was only the second for Betts.

 

WHO: Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
WHEN: 7:10 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
WHAT'S UP:  The Red Sox are riding a 10-game winning streak and have won 17-of-20. The 10-game streak is the team's longest since 2016. They've also won eight straight at home, for their longest streak at Fenway since they won nine in a row in 2011. And speaking of streaks, the Sox have won their last six against the Blue Jays this season. Toronto has struggled on the road, losing 14-of-19 away from home.
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Rick Porcello (11-3, 3.58) vs. LHP Ryan Borucki (0-1, 2.25)
TV/RADIO: NESN/MLB Network; WEEI 93.7 FM

LINEUPS

RED SOX

Betts RF
Holt 2B
Martinez LF
Bogaerts SS
Moreland 1B
Nunez 3B
Travis DH
Leon C
Bradley CF

BLUE JAYS

Granderson RF
Gurriel SS
Solarte 3B
Smoak DH
Hernandez LF
Morales 1B
Martin C
Pillar CF
Travis 2B

NEWS AND NOTES

  • The Red Sox earlier Friday placed OF Andrew Benintendi on the bereavement list after the outfielder suffered a the passing of a relative. Benintendi will rejoin the Sox for the start of the second half in Detroit next Friday. In the meantime, the Sox replaced him on the roster with 1B/DH/OF Sam Travis, who is in the lineup as the DH. Travis was in the midst of a hot streak in Pawtucket, with a .346 batting average and two homers in his last eight games.
  • LHP Brian Johnson, who has been on the DL with a hip injury, will be activated in time to pitch the series finale Sunday.