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Blue Jays’ Tapia wins inside-the-park grand slam against Red Sox

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Tapia hit the second slam inside the park in Toronto history – both at Fenway.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Raimel Tapia (15) celebrates his grand slam inside the park which scored Lourdes Gurriel Jr., center left, Danny Jansen, left, and Santiago Espinal (5) in the third inning of the game at team baseball against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, July 22, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Toronto’s Raimel Tapia sprinted around the bases for a grand slam inside the park on Friday night after Boston Red Sox center fielder Jarren Duran lost the ball in the lights of Fenway Park and did not rush afterwards.

Tapia hit the second slam inside the park in Toronto history – both at Fenway. This one came as part of a seven-run inning that helped the Blue Jays take a 10-0 lead.

With two out in the third and Toronto leading 6-0, Tapia lifted a two-out fly ball to center against reliever Austin Davis.

Duran took a few steps back, then a few steps forward, then threw up his hands in confusion. Fans groaned as the ball landed on the warning track behind him.

Duran walked slowly to the ball as left fielder Alex Verdugo ran, slid to pick it up, and fired it into the infield. The home relay was nowhere near catching Tapia, who picked up speed when he realized Duran had lost the ball.

Duran, 25, in his second major league season, entered the game in a 2-for-30 drop.

Junior Felix had the previous Toronto Park Inside Slam on June 2, 1989 in Boston against Bob Stanley.

Matt Chapman, Teoscar Hernández and Danny Jansen also homered for the Blue Jays, who entered the day with a two-game lead over the Red Sox for the AL’s final wildcard spot.


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