Limited to just three runs total in their previous games, the Red Sox awoke from their offensive slump and thrashed the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3, averting a sweep at Rogers Centre and snapping a five-game losing streak.
In a balanced attack, five different Red Sox players drove in at least one run, with Brock Holt and J.D. Martinez each driving in two. The top three hitters in the lineup combined for eight hits.
The Sox tied a franchise record by using nine pitchers.
WHO: Red Sox (76-70) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (57-89)
WHEN: 7:07 p.m.
WHERE: Rogers Centre
SERIES TO DATE: Toronto 2-0
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: Boston 10-8
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.60) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (1-4, 5.31)
10:14 Meltdown inning for Matt Barnes, who can't find the plate, issuing three walks, the last of which comes with the bases loaded, forcing in a run.
9:28 Red Sox manufacture a run with a Betts single, stolen base and a single from Brock Holt, coupled with an error by Alford in right.
8:58 A two-out walk for Brian Johnson proves costly. He walks Bo Bichette and after falling behind 3-and-1 to Cavan Biggio, allows a double pulled down the right field line.
8:27 Offense from a most unlikely source - RBI single to right by No. 23 catcher Juan Centeno.
8:20 The Red Sox lead MLB teams in doubles, and they're adding to that total tonight. Jackie Bradley Jr's one out double to left marks the fourth double for the Sox tonight.
7:55 Opposite-field double for Martinez scores Bogaerts and lifts the Red Sox to a 3-0 lead.
7:52 There's double No. 50 for Xander Bogaerts, who becomes just the second MLB shortstop to hit at least 30 homers and at least 50 doubles in the same season -- Alex Rodriguez did it in 1996. The double also gives the Sox two players with 50 more doubles for the first time and only the second time for an American League team since 1947.
7:42 Another potentially costly misplay on a routine flyball. Last night, Rafael Devers muffed one; tonight, it's Andrew Benintendi, who loses a ball in the twilight and sees it drop in for a two-out double.
7:32 Big two-run double for Marco Hernandez, scoring Mitch Moreland and J.D. Martinez. Hernandez continues to have big at-bats, especially with runners in scoring position.
7:25 All these years later, one thing hasn't changed: Clay Buchholz is still painfully deliberate when it comes to pace, especially with runners on base.