The third time was the charm for the Red Sox.
The Sox took one-run leads into the bottom of the ninth and bottom of the 12th, only to lose them both before finally putting the Toronto Blue Jays away in the 13th on a solo homer from Michael Chavis, 6-5.
Heath Hembree, who blew a one-run lead in the 12th, got the win when he set down the Jays in order in the 13th.
The Red Sox had three homers from the eighth inning on — all solo shots — with each one seemingly setting them up for a win. But only the one by Chavis stood up.
Rick Porcello limited the Jays to a single run on three hits over six innings. The Sox needed five relievers to give them seven innings of relief.
WHO: Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
WHEN: 7:07 p.m.
WHERE: Rogers Centre
SERIES TO DATE: 1-1
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: 2-2
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Rick Porcello (3.4, 4.80) vs. RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-4, 3.88)
TV/RADIO: NESN/93.7 FM
11:25 Chavis comes through again, with a huge blast to left-center, putting the Red Sox ahead. He absolutely punishes breaking balls.
11:18 Apparently, the Red Sox haven’t learned their lesson about Rowdy Tellez — do NOT throw him pitches down in the zone. Tellez hits his third homer in the last two games.
11:04 Betts had a good history with Biagini (9-for-18, two homers) and that continues here, hammering a 3-and-1 low fastball to straightaway center. That’s his first homer in his last 47 at-bats, dating back to May 8.
10:34 Red Sox get to the 11th, in large part because of Freddie Galvis, who repeatedly swung at breaking balls in the dirt to give the Red Sox a free out. Turns out that ”five-man infield” experiment wasn’t necessary after all.
10:07 Marcus Walden blows the save in the ninth inning, allowing a one-out double to Brandon Drury and a game-tying, two-out single by pinch-hitter Danny Jansen. Rough night for the Boston bullpen
9:29 The homers are piling up for Devers, who goes the other way with a fastball for a homer to left. That’s six homers in the last 17 games after none in the first 32 games.
9:26 Cora shows enormous patience with Brandon Workman, and ultimately, it pays off when Workman gets Eric Sogard to ground out to second with the bases loaded. Workman really struggled, needing 28 pitches to get through the seventh. He walked two, with the second forcing in a run, but Cora stuck with him and was rewarded.
8:54 Sandy Leon is ordinarily a very good bunter, but not in that instance — pops it up to the left of the pitcher’s mound and Guerrero makes a fine diving grab.
8:51 For the second straight outing, Porcello will pitch into the seventh inning. Recall that he got into trouble in the eighth last time out, giving up a double then a homer to lose the Boston lead.
8:27 Porcello has settled into a nice groove, retiring 12 of the last 13, with the only hit coming on the solo homer from Guerrero.
8:12 Like his father, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has tremendous plate coverage — reached down for a fastball, low and away, and hammered it off the façade in center field.
7:52 Mitch Moreland, who leads the Red Sox in RBI, with a line drive single to right, scoring Bradley from third, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead. First base hit with RISP in the last two games for the Sox.
7:28 Red Sox attacking Rowdy Tellez at the top of the strike zone tonight after he burned them — twice — last night by hitting pitches at the bottom of the zone out of the ballpark. Tellez swung at a high fastball and drove it 400 feet to the base of the CF wall. Jackie Bradley Jr. plays the carom perfectly and limits Tellez to a very long single.
7:13 More of the same for the Red Sox when it comes to situational hitting. Runners at first-and-second with no out, but a double play wipes out any chance at a big inning. In the last 10 innings, the Red Sox have hit into four double plays and gone 0-for-9 with RISP.
Guerrero Jr. 3B
WHAT’S UP: The Sox are in the middle of a stretch that has seen them go just 3-4, but overall, have won 14 of 20….During that 20-game stretch, the Red Sox lead the majors in average runs scored (6.65), on-base percentage (.373) and walks (102) and are second in average (.284), slugging percentage (.491) and OPS (.864)….The Sox have seven homes in the last two games. Each one of the three they hit Tuesday night came with the bases empty…Overall, the Sox have hit 39 homers in their last 19 games, homering in 17 of those games and having multi-homer games 12 times…Rafael Devers has five homers in his last nine games after not homering at all in the first 32 games…He’s homered in the last two games, but has never before in his career hit homers in three games in a row….Steve Pearce has a .500 OBP over the last three games….Jackie Bradley Jr. has homered in consecutive games….Mitch Moreland leads the Red Sox in homers (13), RBI (32) and slugging percentage (.587)…He also ranks third in the American League in at-bats/per homer (10.62) while being fifth in slugging and 12th in OPS (.918)…Ten of his last 15 hits have gone for extra bases…Among the 30 rookies with at least 50 plate appearances, Michael Chavis is first in OBP (.385), and OPS (.959). Among AL rookies, he’s first in average (.287), slugging (.574) and second in homers (nine) and RBI (24)….Over the last 23 games, the Red Sox’ bullpen ERA of 2.25 is lowest in MLB, with the lowest WHIP (098) and opponents average (.171), t00….In the month of may, Matt Barnes, Marcus Walden and Brandon Workman have combined to allow one run in 26.1 innings, while holding opponents to a .106 average….The Sox have collected the most walks (205) in the big leagues while having the fourth-fewest strikeouts (379)…Boston has won 30 of the last 42 games with the Blue Jays since the start of 2017 and are 10-1-2 in the last 13 series with them….Andrew Benintendi has hit safely in the last five games….The Red Sox are 5-1 in Rick Porcello’s last six starts…He’s 3-1, 2.97 ERA in those six games…In his last six starts, Porcello has a 33-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio….Freddie Galvis Is 0-for-6 lifetime against Porcello while Justin Smoak is hitting .300 (12-for-40) with five homers… Bradley Jr. is 5-for-17 (.294) with a homer against Aaron Sanchez while Moreland is just 4-for-18 (.222) with four strikeouts.
- J.D. Martinez is absent from the lineup for the second straight day, though this time, the issue is a different one.. Martinez missed Tuesday night’s game because he was ill; today, he’s out with a bad back and with a quick turnaround for Thursday (12:35 p.m. gametime) and artificial turf surface at Rogers Centre, Alex Cora said Martinez might not play in the series finale, either.
- Cora announced that the Sox will start Ryan Weber in Thursday’s matinee. It will be Weber’s first start for the Red Sox and first in the big leagues since 2017. That last start also came against Toronto. Weber will become the eighth different starting pitcher for the Sox this season.