Moreland, Red Sox use five-run 10th to down Jays

Rex Christensen
August 11, 2018

Monday morning rolled around and, to my delight, the Red Sox had indeed brought out the brooms, rallying for a 5-4 victory in extra innings.

Moreland hit a three-run homer during a five-run 10th inning, helping the Red Sox overcome Kimbrel's blown save to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-7 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.

Justin Smoak leads the team in the triple crown categories (17 HR, 56 RBI, .252 BA) as Toronto averages 4.5 runs game.

Craig Kimbrel (3-1) picked up the win after blowing a save situation with the Red Sox up 5-4 in the ninth. Borucki has allowed only two earned runs in his last three starts, though he only last three innings in his previous start against Boston.

Therefore, his minor shoulder stiffness merited a two-start break, and he'll now toe the rubber against the Orioles this weekend in Baltimore.

The home runs by Martinez and Moreland were part of a four RBI night for both Red Sox (80-34) batters. Martinez finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs. The lefty struggled mightily with his command, walking five hitters and throwing just 44 strikes out of his 84 total pitches.

The Red Sox bullpen was not much better.

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Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman delivered a strong seven innings. "It's a great-hitting park and they can all hit home runs".

Devon Travis added a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who lost their second consecutive game. The Red Sox also got a critical home run from the league leader in that category, J.D. Martinez, in a big top of the 8th when the Sox trailed 3-1 before cobbling together a comeback to take the lead prior to Toronto tying things up in the 9th.

Borucki (2-2) allowed four runs and a career-worst nine hits in five innings but won his second straight start. Teoscar Hernandez hit a sac fly RBI to centre field to give the Blue Jays a 3-1 advantage.

Down 3-1, the Red Sox loaded the bases in the eighth with one out. Martinez followed with a drive off the left field foul pole.

Kevin Pillar hit a two-run home run to cut Boston's lead to three. The closer fell behind Smoak and grooved a fastball down the middle on a 3-0 count.

Eovaldi has not allowed an earned run in either of his first two starts for Boston.

Andrew Benintendi walked, and Moreland hit his 14th homer of the season. Xander Bogaerts singled and scored on Bradley's home run, which gave Boston a 10-5 lead.

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