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Eight-run inning guides Jays to rout of Red Sox

Aug 23, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (13) hits a double to drive in a run against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

An eight-run third inning provided more than enough offense for the Toronto Blue Jays as they defeated the host Boston Red Sox 9-3 on Tuesday to begin a three-game series.

Eight straight Toronto batters reached base with two outs in the third, capped by a three-run triple from George Springer. Blue Jays center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs in his first-ever appearance against his longtime club.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit two doubles for the Blue Jays, who won for the fifth time in six games. Matt Chapman went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run and an RBI. Bo Bichette was 2-for-5 with two runs, Springer also had two hits, and Cavan Biggio drove in two.

While Toronto totaled 13 hits, Ross Stripling (6-3) pitched six innings of one-run ball, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out six.

Rafael Devers went 3-for-4 with a ninth-inning RBI single and Kevin Plawecki was 2-for-3 with a run for the Red Sox, who have lost back-to-back games and four of five.

Josh Winckowski (5-7) worked a career-low 2 2/3 innings and was charged with six runs for a second straight start. He yielded six hits and two walks, and he struck out two.

Boston left fielder Tommy Pham and shortstop Xander Bogaerts both left the game early with back spasms. Pham was hurt after crashing into the Green Monster while attempting to catch Bradley’s leadoff double in the third.

Back-to-back hits to begin the second allowed the Red Sox to jump ahead. After Christian Arroyo ripped a double off the center field wall, Enrique Hernandez drove him home on a rolling single through the middle.

Bradley opened Toronto’s big inning with a double down the left field line. He scored on Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s two-out double to right. Alejandro Kirk walked before Hernandez’s single drove home the go-ahead run r.

After Bichette singled, Chapman’s bases-loaded walk made it 3-1 and ended Winckowski’s outing. Austin Davis entered in relief, and Biggio immediately lined a two-run single to center.

Bradley walked, and Springer drove a bases-clearing triple past diving right fielder Rob Refsnyder.

The Jays didn’t score again until the seventh, when Bradley’s one-out single to center plated Bichette.

The hosts got a run back in the bottom of the seventh with help from a Toronto error, cutting the deficit to 8-2, but the bases were left loaded when J.D. Martinez flied out to end the inning.

–Field Level Media