Alex Verdugo hit a walk-off single high off the Green Monster in left field with no outs in the ninth inning as the host Boston Red Sox rallied past the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Friday night.
Enrique Hernandez reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette to open the inning. Verdugo then hit a 1-2 pitch off Toronto reliever Rafael Dolis (1-2) to drive in pinch runner Danny Santana and give Boston its second walk-off victory of the season.
Bobby Dalbec and Christian Arroyo both hit solo home runs and Hunter Renfroe and Martin Gonzalez had an RBI apiece for the Red Sox, who overcame a four-run deficit. Boston reliever Garrett Whitlock (2-1) struck out three in two scoreless innings for the win.
Red Sox starter Garrett Richards allowed four runs on a season-high 11 hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Boston won for the seventh time in nine games and improved to 3-2 on its eight-game homestand.
Toronto slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a two-run shot for his major-league-leading 19th home run and became the first in the majors to reach 50 RBIs this season. Teoscar Hernandez had two RBIs and Bichette knocked in a run for the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays starter Ross Stripling gave up four runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
Toronto has dropped four of its past five games and fell to 2-4 against Boston this season.
Guerrero’s homer in the sixth stretched Toronto’s lead to 5-1 after the Blue Jays led 3-0 through two innings. Hernandez had RBI singles in the first and second and Bichette added a run-scoring single in the second.
Dalbec’s seventh homer of the season made it 3-1 in the third inning.
Boston rallied with a three-run sixth. Renfroe hit an RBI single, Gonzalez walked with the bases loaded, and Christian Vazquez scored on a Tyler Chatwood wild pitch.
Arroyo’s third homer of the year — and second in as many nights — tied it for Boston in the eighth.
–Field Level Media