Red Sox

Final: Red Sox 12, Blue Jays 2

The Red Sox began their road trip in style Monday afternoon, cruising to a 12-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Sox pounded out 16 hits, with every member of the lineup collecting at least one hit. Four of those hits were homers, with Michel Chavis, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers all hitting the ball out.

David Price, coming off the IL after a stint with elbow tendinitis, allowed two runs over five innings, none earned. Four relievers took it from there. The Blue Jays didn't collect a hit after the second inning.

WHO: Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
WHEN: 1:07 p.m.
WHERE: Rogers Centre
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP David Price (1-2, 3.75) vs RHP Edwin Jackson (0-0, 3.60)
TV/RADIO: ESPN/WEEI 93.7 FM

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS:

3:46  In the span of five pitches, the Red Sox go upper-deck. Solo homer by Devers in what was likely his hardest-hit ball of the season. Fourth homer of the afternoon for the Red Sox.

3:45  Bogaerts tomahawks a pitch up above the letters and sends it into the second deck.

3:43  Red Sox pitching has Jays lineup since the second. Toronto has only one baserunner from the third through the eighth -- and that was a leadoff walk in the seventh.

3:07  Sox keep mashing with three more hits this inning, producing one run and runners at the corners, chasing rookie Elvis Luciano.

2:55  That's all for Price, who leaves after five innings. Made just one mistake -- the homer by Maile -- and had cruised through the last three innings, retiring the final 10 hitters in a row. But Sox are smart to limit his workload in first start back, with five innings and 67 pitches. Brandon Workman on for the sixth.

2:47  Jackie Bradley Jr. goes the other way for his first homer of the season, scoring Steve Pearce (walk) ahead of him. Last regular season homer came last Sept. 20, 153 at-bats ago.

2:27  After needing 39 pitches to get through the first two innings, Price has two efficient innings in a row, needing 10 pitches in the third and just five in the fourth. He's retired the last seven straight since the two-run homer by Maile.

2:21  Benintendi swings over a curveball that drops out of the bottom of the zone -- and curses himself as he does it.

2:07 Michael Chavis has had some difficulty with high heat -- as the Astros proved over the weekend -- but he absolutely destroys hanging breaking balls, like that one from Jackson. Two-run homer, second homer in as many days and nine for the season.

2:02 Hard line drive to left for Bogaerts who knocked in two runs as the Red Sox re-take the lead. Bogaerts now has 30 RBI for the season, including three in his last three at-bats.

1:48 Price misses location with a fastball -- should have been in; left it over the outside corner -- and Luke Maille hammers it out to left for a two-run HR. Natural to expect that Price might not have his best command after missing a few weeks.

1:45 Michael Chavis botches a routine grounder for his third error of the season. Sloppy play, as he appeared a little took casual and had the ball clang off the heel of his glove.

1:19 Red Sox force a mistake by the Jays with a steal of second. Devers takes off and draws a bad throw, allowing Bogaerts to trot home.

1:16 Devers manages to fight off a fastball in on the hands and bloop it into RF, scoring Moreland from second base.

 

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