Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
TORONTO – The Boston Red Sox appeared to leave their offense at home when they sputtered through the first seven innings of the opener of their nine-game road trip against the Toronto Blue Jays (51-61). A four-run eighth inning and a five-run 10th ensued for the majors-best Red Sox (80-34), who vie for their sixth win in a row and 25th in 30 outings on Wednesday when they play the second contest of their series at Rogers Centre.
J.D. Martinez and Mitch Moreland each belted a three-run homer to highlight the late uprising in Tuesday’s 10-7 triumph for Boston, which has defeated Toronto in 11 of 14 encounters this season. Martinez has two homers, eight RBIs and five runs scored during his six-game hitting streak and has 17 hits — including six homers — to go along with 17 RBIs and 10 runs scored versus the Blue Jays this season. Devon Travis launched a two-run shot in the series opener to improve to 8-for-22 with nine RBIs during his five-game hitting streak for Toronto, which has dropped nine of its last 14 overall. Travis is 12-for-38 with two homers against Boston this season.
TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), Sportsnet (Toronto)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Brian Johnson (2-3, 3.74 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Mike Hauschild (1-0, 0.00)
Johnson will receive his second start in the wake of Chris Sale’s trip to the disabled list due to inflammation in his shoulder. The 27-year-old Johnson overcame three homers and five runs total in five innings on Thursday to pick up the win in a 15-7 triumph versus the New York Yankees. Johnson owns a 2-0 mark with a 3.94 ERA in three career starts at Toronto, although he took the loss in relief after yielding two runs without retiring a batter in a 5-3 setback in Boston on May 11.
Hauschild authored a gem in his first game in the majors in more than 15 months on Thursday, scattering four hits and striking out five in six scoreless innings of a 7-3 win at Seattle. “It’s pretty crazy. It kind of feels like a dream,” said Hauschild, who last pitched in the majors on April 19, 2017. Hauschild will be making his sixth career appearance and first start on Wednesday.
1. Boston 3B Rafael Devers (hamstring) is expected to be activated off the disabled list Wednesday.
2. Toronto CF Kevin Pillar has 12 hits — including seven for extra-bases (six doubles, one homer) — and eight RBIs against the Red Sox this season.
3. Sale is slated to come off the disabled list on Sunday and start in the series finale against Baltimore.