Red Sox

Final: Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3

Mitch Moreland belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to power the Red Sox to a 5-3 walk-off victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

With the score tied 3-3, Xander Bogaerts drew a two-out walk and Moreland followed with a homer to left-center, his second homer of the game.

The win gave the Sox their first home series win of this season and first since last September.

The homer was just the fourth hit of the day for the Red Sox, who had three homers.

 

WHO: Red Sox (5-9) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (5-7)
WHEN: 1:35 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SERIES TO DATE: 1-1
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.94) vs RHP Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 5.91)
TV/RADIO: NESN PLUS; WEEI 93.7 FM

LINEUPS

RED SOX

Verdugo RF
Devers 3B
Martinez DH
Bogaerts SS
Moreland 1B
Vazquez C
Benintendi LF
Bradley CF
Lin 2B

BLUE JAYS

Biggio 2B
Bichette SS
Shaw 3B
Hernandez RF
Gurriel Jr. LF
Guerrero Jr. 1B
Grichuk CF
Tellez DH
McGuire C

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS:

4:07  Nothing from the lineup in the last few innings. Red Sox have just one hit over the last five innings and have struck out in each of their last six plate appearances.

3;56  Austin Brice continues to impress. Faced four hitters, retired them all, the last three by strikeout. He's emerged as a nice middle relief option in short order.

3:27  Having tied the game in the bottom of the previous inning, Devers makes a terrific barehand play at third, charging a roller and making an off-balance throw to first to nip Grichuk.

3:22  Devers, who had been slumping badly, connects on a splitter and mashes it into the CF bleachers, tying the game. Just the second homer of the season for Devers.

3:08  Eovaldi has pitched fairly well, but for the second time this afternoon, a mistake up in the zone gets deposited into the bullpen.

2:53 Red Sox offense has again stalled out this afternoon. Since Moreland's solo homer got them on the board in the second inning, they've managed just one hit.

2:31 Red Sox had runners at first-and-second with no out and only get a run out of it. J.D. Martinez hasn't knocked in a run since July 24.

2:26 Two errors in the span of three at-bats for Shoemaker. Errant throw to second should have started a double play. Instead, it'a run in and runners at the corner with no outs.

2:20 Upon review, Tzu-Wei Lin is ruled safe at first. Red Sox have been successful with five of their six challenges this season.

2:13  After falling behind 3-and-1 to Cavan Biggio, Eovldi comes in with a cutter that caught way too much of the plate and Biggio hit into the Red Sox bullpen to tie things up

2:02  Matt Shoemaker leaves a sinker up and Mitch Moreland swats it into the CF bleachers. Moreland's fifth homer of the young season and his third in 11 career at-bats against Shoemaker.

1:53 Alex Verdugo was too aggressive there, charging after a ball that should have been handled by Jackie Bradley Jr. in right center, then overran it for an error, allowing Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to take an extra base,

1:47 Rafael Devers looks overmatched at the plate right now. The fact that he made contact at all with that splitter speaks to his plate coverage.

1:41: Nathan Eovaldi falls behind Travis Shaw 3-and-0, but comes back nicely with a couple of high octane four-seamers to fan Shaw.