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Blue Jays end 7-game streak with 9-4 win over Red Sox

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Blue Jays end 7-game streak with 9-4 win over Red Sox

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays looks skyward after his two-run double against the Red Sox in the fourth inning Tuesday night. Winslow Townson/Getty Images

BOSTON (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero hit two two-run doubles, George Springer added a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a seven-game streak with a 9-4 victory over the Red Sox from Boston Tuesday evening.

The Blue Jays scored seven runs off Boston starter Brayan Bello in the third inning, including Guerrero’s home run to the center triangle that scored two runs before Springer homered into the bullpen. Boston relievers.

Toronto had its most prolific game since a 14-11 loss at Detroit on May 26. The Blue Jays had not won since their 7-6 victory over Cleveland on June 15, the day before the start of a three-game sweep of the Red Sox in Toronto that marked the start of the Jays’ longest losing streak since September 2019.

Rafael Devers and Tyler O’Neill homered for the Red Sox, who had won three straight and eight of nine. Jarren Duran, who had hit in 14 straight games before Tuesday, did not reach base. Duran was 0 for 4 and had one more chance in the ninth, but pulled away to end the game.

Toronto didn’t have a hit until the third. Then Danny Jansen led off with a double to left and Boston’s defense began to crumble. Isiah Kiner-Falefa reached on a bunt single that Devers couldn’t field with his bare hands, and two runs scored on a single by Kiermaier that were compounded by right fielder Wilyer Abreu’s throwing error that went over the third and out of the game.

Boston’s struggles continued when Bello (7-5) issued back-to-back walks to Bichette and Spencer Horwitz, then Guerrero doubled to center to give Toronto a 5-2 lead. Springer followed with his sixth homer of the season, driving a 1-0 slider from Bello into the Red Sox bullpen. That was it for Bello, who was replaced by Greg Weissert. The inning finally ended when Jansen, who had led off with a double to left, lined out to right.

Bello (7-5) pitched 2 ⅓ innings, allowing seven runs — all earned — on five hits and three walks. He also hit one batter and struck out two. Kevin Gausman (6-6) pitched six innings and held Boston to four runs on five hits and one walk, striking out five.

NICE D

Dominic Smith finished the top of the second with a spectacular catch and unassisted double play to first base. Smith made a diving stop to catch Addison Barger’s line drive heading toward the tricky right corner and tapped the sack before Justin Turner could return. Fans let out an “Ooooooh!” » collective. and cheered the room as the Red Sox headed to the dugout.

Kiermaier also had a diving catch for the Jays in the third, robbing Duran of a hit as he tried to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.

GREAT BEGINNING

Devers led off the bottom of the second with a towering homer to right center. According to the Red Sox, the estimated 467-foot drive was the longest of Devers’ career. O’Neill followed with a shallow pop-up to right, where the ball bounced off Guerrero’s glove and gave O’Neill enough time to reach third. O’Neill was initially credited with a triple before a score change later in the game gave Guerrero an error.

SERIES

Toronto’s Isiah Kiner-Falefa had a single that Devers couldn’t field with his bare hands and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Duran, who had hit in 14 straight games before Tuesday, did not reach base.

TRAINERS ROOM

Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a right calf strain. He struck out the first three pitches of the game and finished 0 for 4 with a walk and a run scored.

FOLLOWING

Toronto’s Yariel Rodriguez (0-2, 5.94 ERA) will face Kutter Crawford (3-7, 3.59) on Wednesday night in a battle of right-handed pitchers in the finale of the three-game series.

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