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Numbers behind the Toronto Blue Jays’ dominance over the Boston Red Sox

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t wait long to find their groove after the All-Star break. They held an offensive clinic Friday night, beating the Boston Red Sox 28-5.

Left fielder Raimel Tapia put on a show, going 3 for 7 at home plate with six RBIs and a grand slam. This circuit was an inside-the-park job – the second in Blue Jays franchise history. It’s the first inside-the-park Grand Slam in MLB since Michael A. Taylor did it for the Washington Nationals in 2017.

The fifth inning was where the Jays caused the most damage, scoring 11 runs in that span. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who played his first 20 seasons for the New England Patriots, took note of Boston’s tough night. Brady, of course, has a history of epic comebacks, including coming back from 25 points to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Unlike Brady, however, the Red Sox had no such magic on Friday night.

History, both good and bad, was written in this game for Boston and Toronto.

The Blue Jays have scored the most runs against the Red Sox in nearly 100 years. Here’s a look at some of the other numbers:

28: Toronto’s 28 points on Friday were the most in franchise history. He eclipsed the previous mark of 24 on June 26, 1978 against the Baltimore Orioles. For the Red Sox, it set the mark for the most runs allowed in any game in franchise history. That record stood for nearly a century – the Cleveland Guardians scored 27 against Boston on July 17, 1923.

To put that offensive onslaught into perspective, Friday was the 8,744th game all-time at Fenway Park. The Blue Jays have scored more points there than any visiting team before them.

5th: The 11 runs Toronto scored tied a franchise record for most in a single inning. The Blue Jays have done it four other times, most recently in 2021 against the Orioles. On Friday, the Jays left the inning with 25 total runs, tied for the most by an MLB team in five innings since 1900 (1922 Cubs).

Five also has importance in the RBI department. It’s the first time in Blue Jays history that three different players have at least five RBIs (Tapia, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Danny Jansen).

29: Toronto had 29 hits against Boston, the most in a game in team history. He topped a 25-hit performance in a 19-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Aug. 9, 1999. All nine starters recorded at least two hits and two runs each, the second team since 1900 to Do It (1979 Los Angeles Angels).

19: In two-out scenarios, the Blue Jays still found ways to put points on the board — 19 of Toronto’s 28 points came with two outs. It’s the most runs with two outs a team has scored since the Red Sox scored 22 of those runs on Aug. 21, 1986.

6: Gurriel had a game himself, going 6 for 7 with five RBIs and three runs. His six hits tied Frank Catalanotto (2004) for the most in team history.

ESPN Stats & Information research contributed to this story.


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