Boston 10, Toronto 8
When: 7:10 PM ET, Monday, July 15, 2019
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
Special to Digital Sports Desk by Field Level Media
BOSTON – Michael Chavis crushed a first-inning grand slam, and Andrew Benintendi had two hits and three RBIs as the host Boston Red Sox held off the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 in the first of the four-game series tonight through Thursday.
Xander Bogaerts had three hits, and Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers and Brock Holt added two apiece as the Red Sox snapped a two-game skid in the opener of a four-game series. Rick Porcello (7-7) earned the win, allowing four runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out two over six innings.
Billy McKinney hit a two-run home run for the Blue Jays, who lost for the sixth time in their past eight games.
Toronto trailed 10-4 entering the eighth inning before making things interesting. After the Blue Jays scored twice against Ryan Brasier, Freddy Galvis drove in two more — also charged to Brasier — with a single off Matt Barnes to get within two. But Barnes got Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to fly out to end the threat.
Brandon Workman pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
The Red Sox struck quickly as a double and a pair of walks loaded the bases against rookie starter Trent Thornton in the first. A Benintendi single drove in a run before Chavis unloaded on a 3-2 pitch for the first slam of his career and a 5-0 lead. The blast was the rookie’s 16th of the season.
Thornton (3-7) was pulled the next inning, having given up five runs on five hits and three walks while getting just four outs.
Despite the early deficit, Toronto quickly made it a game again. McKinney, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day, hit his two-run shot in the second, and Randal Grichuk and Justin Smoak drove in runs in the third to make it 5-4.
But the Red Sox hung another five runs in the bottom of the third — all with two outs — to up their lead to 10-4. A Devers two-run single and a Benintendi two-run double highlighted the rally.
–Field Level Media