Blue Jays explode for 8 home runs in dominant win over Red Sox
Teoscar Hernandez hit a pair of three-run homers against the Green Monster – two of Toronto’s eight long balls – and Marcus Semien extended his road hitting streak to 26 games as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox Boston 18-4 Sunday.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Cavan Biggio, Rowdy Tellez and Semien also went far for the Blue Jays, a day after hitting five homers in a 7-2 victory. Guerrero was his 21st at the top of the major leagues.
“It’s amazing,” Hernandez said. “I hope it can be like this every day so that we can have fun and laugh the whole game.”
Bichette has four of Toronto’s 20 hits, and Guerrero, Hernandez and Gurriel each have three. The Jays also hit a season high for racing.
Xander Bogaerts and Bobby Dalbec scored for Boston, which won Game 1 of the series before Toronto soared.
Toronto hit five home runs in back-to-back games for the third time in the team’s history, also in 2020 and 2017.
Ray (4-2) struck out 10 at bat in six innings, allowing three runs, four hits and three walks.
The Blue Jays took a 4-0 lead in Game 1 against Martin Perez on a three-run Hernandez homerun and a solo shot from Gurriel.
Semien’s push into the center hitters eye took the score to 5-0 in the second, prompting loud boos from the Fenway Park crowd. Those quickly turned into mock cheers when Red Sox manager Alex Cora came out to take out Perez after the single from next hitter, Bichette.
The Red Sox have allowed 53 points in their last six games.
Perez (4-4) struck out just four batters, scoring five runs on six hits. In his last two starts, he’s allowed 11 runs in 3 1/3 innings, increasing his ERA from 3.09 to 4.52.
“I don’t put the ball where I want,” he said. “The last two, they hit me well, that’s part of the game.”
Toronto opened the scoring with four runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth, making it 13-1. Hernandez hit his second three-point shot, an estimated 440-foot drive that left Fenway in fourth, after Guerrero’s RBI single.
In the fifth, Bichette’s three-point shot also left the park.
In the last two games, Toronto have hit nine home runs on the legendary left-field wall.
“It’s really fun, when you hit a flying ball which is an ordinary flying ball in other parks, here it is [can be] a hit, maybe a double, “Hernandez said.” Some flying balls that don’t go for hits at other parks are straightforward. I like to play here. “
RHP Ryan Weber, recalled from Worcester Triple-A before the game, played 5 2/3 innings, allowing 11 runs on 11 hits and striking out seven.
Boston utility player Marwin Gonzalez clocked a perfect eighth, eliciting cheers from the crowd with most of his throws in the mid-40s mph range.
Second baseman Christian Arroyo pitched the ninth, allowing two unearned runs at the Tellez circuit.
The coaches room
Blue Jays: Placed Saturday’s winning pitcher Steven Matz on the COVID-19 injured list. “He’s still going through additional tests,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “The guys who were around him who got vaccinated came back negative, and that’s good news.”
Red Sox: Bogaerts was in the lineup after missing the last two games with left knee pain. … 3B Rafael Devers took his leave, with 1B Dalbec crossing the diamond.