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Final: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 7

In a wild back-and-forth affair, the Red Sox finally secured an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Marco Hernandez delivered the game-winner with a pinch-hit homer with one out in the top of the ninth.

The Sox had rallied from a 6-1 deficit to go up 7-6, but Brandon Workman surrendered two doubles in the bottom of the eighth for the 18th blown save for the Red Sox bullpen this season.

Workman then came back out for the ninth and got the final three outs and the win.

Red Sox starter Hector Velazquez lasted just 1.2 innings and the Sox needed five more relievers to finish the game out.

WHO: Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
WHEN: 7:07 p.m.
WHERE: Rogers Centre
SERIES TO DATE: 1-1
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: Boston 6-5
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Hector Velazquez (1-3, 5.31) vs. RHP Derek Law (0-1 6.91)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS:

10:25 Yet another huge pitch hit for the Red Sox -- Marco Hernandez comes off the bench to swat a line drive over the fence in left, putting the Sox ahead again.

10:13 Brandon Workman hangs a couple of curveball in the eight, and both are belted for doubles, tying the game. That's 18 blown saves for the bullpen.

9:54  There's your typical Matt Barnes inning -- a walk, two wild pitches and two strikeouts.

9:18  Why anyone would throw Chavis a breaking ball at this point is beyond me. But Tim Mayza does and Chavis doesn't miss it, clubbing it out to left for a three-run shot, giving the Sox the lead, erasing a five-run deficit.

9:16  Freddy Galvis saves a run with a sliding stop, resulting in a fielder's choice at second. Run scores from third, and the Sox have closed to within two.

9:02 Impressive plate coverage for Xander Bogaerts, who reaches out for a pitch a foot out of the strike zone and slaps it to right, scoring Betts.

8:40 Pannone has totally shut down the Red Sox lineup, allowing just one hit over the last 4.1 innings. He's faced 14 hitters and retired 13.

8:32 Batting practice continues for the Jays, with the second homer of the inning, third of the night and sixth in the last two games. This one, a two-run, oppo shot from Freddy Galvis that just sneaks over the wall, inside the left field foul pole.

8:22  Jansen homers. Again. Second in as many at-bats and third in the last five going back to Wednesday night.

7:44 Velazquez leaves a fastball up and over to Danny Jansen -- and knew it. Homer to straightaway center.

7:31  Walks come back to haunt Hector Velazquez. Two free passes load the bases and a double by Sox-killer Rowdy Tellez produce two runs.

7:10 Rafael Devers with an opposite-field homer to get things going. In his last seven first-inning at-bats, since being moved to No. 2: Devers is 6-for-7 with two homers.

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