(Toronto) Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer early in the game and then added a single, and the Boston Red Sox won 7-6 against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
Justin Turner hit a long ball and scored a double as the Red Sox (42-42) improved to 6-0 against the Blue Jays in 2023. Masataka Yoshida also drove in a run.
“It’s a great team win,” Red Sox player Kenley Jansen said. This is how we must continue to play. »
Kutter Crawford (3-4) held the Blue Jays to two runs, three hits and two walks. He struck out five in five and two-thirds innings. Josh Winckowski took over.
Outfielder Alex Verdugo retired Bo Bichette at the plate for the last out of the game, after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled.
“He’s one of the best, if not the best right fielder in the All-America,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of Verdugo. It was a great throw. »
Verdugo’s throw gave Jansen his 17th save in 20 chances.
Matt Chapman drove in two runs in the eighth inning for the Blue Jays (45-39), who were attempting a comeback.
George Springer and Bichette each homered in the loss. It was Springer’s 12th home run of the season.
Turner ended the Blue Jays’ comeback hopes with a homer in the ninth inning. Turner hit a ball that ended up 378 feet into the Blue Jays bullpen.
“It sucks,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said. It sucks to lose. That’s six straight losses against them. You know it, we know it, and they know it. This is baseball. I’m proud of how we fought to get back into the game. »
The Blue Jays wore their uniform and red cap in their eighth game played on Canada Day. The club is 2-6 in this circumstance.
The Red Sox are 21-21 home and away.