Blue Jays end 7-game losing streak with 9-4 win over Red Sox

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BOSTON (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero hit two two-run doubles, George Springer added a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a seven-game losing streak with a 9-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

The Blue Jays scored seven runs within the third inning against Boston starter Brayan Bello, including Guerrero's drive to the triangle in center that scored two runs before Springer hit a house run into Boston's bullpen.

Toronto had its highest-scoring game since a 14-11 loss at Detroit on May 26. The Blue Jays had not won since their 7-6 win over Cleveland on June 15, a day before the Red Sox began a three-game sweep in Toronto that snapped the Jays' longest losing streak since September 2019.

Rafael Devers and Tyler O'Neill hit home runs for the Red Sox, who had won three straight games and eight of nine. Jarren Duran, who had a success in 14 straight games before Tuesday, didn’t reach base. Duran was 0 for 4 and had one likelihood left within the ninth inning, but struck out with momentum to finish the sport.

Toronto didn't have a single hit until the third. Then Danny Jansen hit a double to left on first and Boston's defense began to crumble. Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored two runs on a bunt single that Devers couldn't catch along with his bare hand and a single by Kiermaier was made worse by a throwing error by right fielder Wilyer Abreu that sailed down the sector over third base and out of bounds.

Boston's problems continued when Bello (7-5) allowed consecutive walks to Bichette and Spencer Horwitz, then Guerrero hit a double to center to offer Toronto a 5-2 lead. Springer followed along with his sixth home run of the season, driving a 1-0 slider from Bello into the Red Sox bullpen. That was it for Bello, who was replaced by Greg Weissert. The inning finally ended when Jansen, who had began with a double to left, hit a line drive to right.

Bello (7-5) pitched 2 ⅓ innings, allowing seven runs — all earned — on five hits and three walks. He also hit one batter and managed two strikeouts. Kevin Gausman (6-6) pitched six innings, holding Boston to 4 runs on five hits and one walk and managed five strikeouts.


Dominic Smith ended the second with a spectacular catch and an unassisted double play at first base. Smith dove to catch Addison Barger's line drive down the road toward the tricky right corner and touched the bag before Justin Turner could get back. The fans let loose a collective “Ooooooh!” and applauded the play because the Red Sox made their strategy to the dugout.

Kiermaier also made a pike catch for the Jays within the third inning, denying Duran a success as he attempted to increase his hitting streak to fifteen games.


Devers began the second with an enormous home run to right-center field. According to the Red Sox, the estimated 467-footer was the longest of Devers' profession. O'Neill followed with a pop-up to shallow right field, where the ball bounced off Guerrero's glove, giving O'Neill enough time to achieve third base. O'Neill was initially credited with a triple before Guerrero was given an error on a rating change later in the sport.


Toronto's Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a bunt single that Devers couldn't quite catch along with his bare hand, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Duran, who had hit in 14 straight games before Tuesday, didn't reach base.


Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a strained right calf. He struck out the primary three pitches of the sport and finished 0 for 4 with a walk and a run scored.


Toronto's Yariel Rodriguez (0-2, 5.94 ERA) will face Kutter Crawford (3-7, 3.59) within the finale of the three-game series on Wednesday night in a duel of right-handed pitchers.

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