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Guerrero’s run-scoring hit in ninth leads Toronto over Boston

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TORONTO – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit the winning single in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 6–5 on Tuesday night.

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pinch striker Alejandro Kirk singled out to start ninth against Tyler Danish (2-1) and George Springer walked. Hansel Robles came to face Beau Bichettewho rode the pinch runner Bradley Zimmer with a single through the right side. Guerrero followed with an RBI single, defeating Springer as 27,140 spectators celebrated. The broken save was the fifth for Robles.

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Jordan Romano (2-2) went one inning to win as Toronto improved to 7-2 against the Red Sox.

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Red Sox closer Tanner Hawk, who has six saves, is not on the team in Toronto because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Boston lost two games in a row for the first time since losing to Baltimore on May 30 and Cincinnati on May 31.

Rob Refsnyder hit the game-tying two-run home run in seventh and Christian Vasquez singled out a home go-ahead run in the eighth, but Boston’s bullpen failed to hold onto the lead.

The Blue Jays jumped on the right-hander Red Sox Michael Wacha with a triple first inning. Theoscar Hernandez scored an RBI double and Matt Chapman added two-ranked double with two outs.

Story hit a solo home run off the right-hander Blue Jays Ross Stripling in the second, but Santiago Spinal regained a three-run lead with two RBI singles in the third.

Refsnyder cut the score to 4-2 with an RBI strikeout in the fifth and then equalized with two strikeouts to the center. Trent Thornton in the seventh. The home run was Refsnyder’s second.

Wacha allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, only the second time in 13 starts he allowed four or more runs. He walked three and struck out two.

Stripling allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. He posted a 1.59 ERA in five June appearances, four of which are starting.


Blue Jays: RHP Nate Pearson will be closed for three to four weeks due to a right side muscle strain. Pearson was injured while in rehab at Triple-A Buffalo.


Red Sox: Boston selected RHP Silvino Bracho of Triple-A Worcester and selected RHP Connor Sebold for Triple-A. During this trip, Sebold will remain with the team as a taxi team player and could start again on Sunday against the Cubs.

Blue Jays: RHP Sergio Rome thrown into the bullpen before the game, but did not get into the squad. Veteran pitcher joins Blue Jays after being kicked out of Seattle on June 20.


Blue Jays CF Raimel Tapia did a diving catch to deny Alex Verdugo Secondly.


Red Sox RHP Nick Pivetta (8-5, 3.25) Wednesday final series kicks off against RHP Blue Jays Alec Manoa (9-2, 2.05). Manoa is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three career starts against Boston.


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