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BSJ Game Report: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 3 – Richards spots Blue Jays big lead

(Matt Stone/Boston Herald)

All you need to know about the Red Sox'  6-3 loss to the Blue Jays, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Richards falters early: It wasn't as bad as his first start of the season, when he couldn't get an out in the third inning. But for Garrett Richards, his fourth start of the season left a lot to be desired. He spotted the visiting Toronto Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in the first, then saw that grow to 4-0 in the second. There were some hard-hit balls among the first two innings but the biggest issue was his control lapse. He walked one batter in the first and hit another. Things got really bad in the second when two walks to the first four hitters of the inning set the stage for a big inning for Toronto. Manager Alex Cora said the big issue with Richards was his being able to throw his slider effectively, but Richards also struggled to command his fastball at times, leaving him with little with which to attack the Blue Jays lineup. If there was any consolation for Richards, it's that he figured some things out after the second and didn't allow another run as he got to 4.2 innings. But that's obviously not good enough.

Lineup couldn't find the big hit: As poor as Richards was, and despite the fact the Blue Jays sprinted to a quick 4-0 lead, the Red Sox were never really out of this one. Even in the ninth, they were a baserunner away from bringing the potential tying run to the plate. But too often, just as the Red Sox appeared ready to enjoy a big inning and put themselves back in the game, they couldn't buy the big base hit. On the night, Boston hitters were just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and the stranded nine in the game, including seven of those in scoring position. In the eighth, a base hit from Bobby Dalbec would have put the Red Sox ahead for the first time, but with runners at second and third, he grounded to third. Things finally got away in the ninth inning, but the Sox had plenty of chances before that to put themselves in better position.