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BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 7 – Sox dig out, storm back

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 9-7 win over the Blue Jays, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Hart again overmatched early: For the third time in as many starts for the Red Sox, rookie lefty Kyle Hart couldn't get out of the first inning unscathed. And here's the troubling thing: it's gotten worse with each successive start. He allowed a run in the first inning of his debut, two runs in the first inning of his second start and Tuesday night, was shelled for four first inning runs, putting his team in a big hole early. "I'm kind of getting exposed in the first couple of innings, quite frankly,'' Hart said. "The first inning, it's lackadaisical, it's almost too laid back. I'm working on it. I'm working in my pre-game bullpen to come out firing and it's just not there. It's something that I've got to mentally break through.'' Hart is brutally honest about his performance to date (11.00 ERA) and knows that he needs to be better -- and soon. "I'm fighting for my life,' he said. "I'm not going to sugarcoat it. There's a business aspect to this. You can't go out and give the other team two, three, four runs in the first few innings.''

Brasier looks Brasier 2018: Over the past week, Ryan Brasier seems to have turned the clock back to his remarkable 2018 rookie season. His fastball velocity has improved to where he's again throwing 97-98 mph and his slider has shown good biting action. Best of all, he's commanding within the strike zone and getting swings-and-misses. Ron Roenicke said that Brasier is performing better because he's confident again, although that seems like it could be a chicken-and-the-egg issue. Either way, Brasier's re-emergence couldn't come at a better time for the Red Sox, who last week traded away to high-leverage relievers (Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree) to the Philadelphia Phillies and desperately need someone they trust late in close games. Getting Brasier back to this level could be a big step toward that.