Springer RBI on 10th leads Blue Jays past Red Sox
BOSTON (AP) – George Springer gave up three hits, including a 10th-inning double on the first pitch by Boston reliever Ryan Brasier who killed automatic runner Jackie Bradley Jr. scored and lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the Red Sox 3-2 on Wednesday-evening.
Bradley started the 10th in second place, the lone time on base in the game for the former Boston outfielder. He signed with Toronto on August 9, five days after being released by the Red Sox.
Adam Cimber (10-5) threw a scoreless ninth and gave up one basehit. Jordan Romano worked a scoreless 10th inning and walked Rafael Devers intentionally before making his 27th save.
Brasier (0-3) took the loss.
Franchy Cordero’s sixth homer, a two-run drive in the second off José Berrios, made it 2-0.
Berrios batted six innings, gave up five hits and walked with six strikeouts.
In his first start since July 24, Red Sox rookie Brayan Bello gave up two runs in five innings and struckout seven. The righthander was activated from the injured list after missing 17 games with a right groin strain.
Springer singled in the fourth, then scored on a single by Alejandro Kirk.
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The Blue Jays tied the score in the next inning on singles by Whit Merrifield, Springer and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Boston missed a few late-game opportunities.
In the seventh, with two outs against reliever Yimi GarcÍa, the Red Sox loaded the bases when Bobby Dalbec walked, Reese McGuire singled and Jarren Duran reached on an error by Guerrero on first base. Rob Refsnyder flied out to Bradley in the center to put an end to the threat.
Toronto lefthander Tim Mayza made his first appearance since August 6 after being sidelined with a right shoulder dislocation, and the Red Sox put runners in second and third place against him with one out.
Anthony Bass replaced Mayza and struckout Kiké Hernández, walked Cordero intentionally and struckout Dalbec.
Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was out of the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game with spasms in the center of the back. … LF Tommy Pham was out of the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game with low back cramps. … After a hard slide to first base in Tuesday’s game, INF/OF Christian Arroyo dropped out of the lineup with a sore back and knee. … 2B Trevor Story, out on July 14 with a right hand contusion, got two at bats and played second base in a rehab game with Double-A Portland. … RHP Tanner Houck, on the injured list with lower back inflammation since August 6, began throwing on flat ground on Tuesday, the first step in his progression. … RHP Tyler Danish, who has been out with a right forearm strain since July 7, is expected to resume rehabilitation on Friday after being delayed by COVID-19.
The Blue Jays and Red Sox close their series on Thursday with RHP Kevin Gausman (9-9, 2.99 ERA) scheduled for Toronto, opposed by RHP Kutter Crawford (3-5, 5.14).
Gausman has faced the Red Sox four times this season, 3-0 (1.38). Crawford faced the Blue Jays once in his career and took the loss earlier this season by giving up three runs in six innings.