Blue Jays edge Red Sox to end skid

Henrietta Strickland
September 11, 2019

Red Sox: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.66) made his Boston debut as an opener against the Yankees on September 6, striking out four in two scoreless innings.

The Toronto Blue Jays need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games.

The Toronto Blue Jays also haven't won back-to-back games in a month, and the Red Sox are in must win territory if they have any hope of saving their season. "But I didn't keep the ball in the zone as much as I would have liked to and it cost me".

Justin Shafer (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings as Toronto won for the first time since August 31. Ken Giles closed things out in the ninth for his 19th save.

The Red Sox fell to 76-69 as their elimination number in the wild-card race dropped to 10. Toronto's skid was its longest since a seven-gamer in April 2017. McGuire went deep in the fourth for his fifth homer of the season.

Devers hit a double in the fifth inning and later scored on Martinez's double one hitter later.

Chacin has allowed zero hits and zero runs with four strikeouts in three innings since coming over from Milwaukee.

His replacement, Josh Taylor (1-2), was greeted with Tellez's 18th homer of the year.

"I'm just getting to pitches that I need to get to", Tellez said. Randal Grichuk leads the Blue Jays with 119 hits and 64 RBI while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Brandon Drury have combined for 195 hits and 101 RBI.

The Toronto bullpen didn't give up an earned run.

Sharing the honour along with Zeuch are Anthony Kay, Ryan Feierabend, Neil Ramirez, Buddy Boshers, David Phelps, Daniel Hudson, Ryan Borucki, Derek Law, Edwin Jackson, Matt Shoemaker, Sean Reid-Foley, Thomas Pannone, Clay Buchholz, Wilmer Font, Clayton Richard, Jacob Waguespack, Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, and Trent Thornton.

Pinch-runner Gorkys Hernandez stole second to put the tying run in scoring position but Giles struck out Marco Hernandez and, after walking Betts, got Rafael Devers to pop out to end the game.

Notes: Zeuch was Toronto's 20th different starting pitcher this season. That moved the Blue Jays into a tie for second-most in Major League Baseball history, trailing only the 1915 Philadelphia Athletics (24 starters). Zeuch allowed two runs on three hits in his only other appearance, a four-inning relief stint against Atlanta on September 3.

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