July 24th, 2024

Devers, Hamilton homer, Red Sox rally from 4-run deficit to trip Blue Jays 7-6

By Kyle Hightower, The Associated Press on June 24, 2024.

BOSTON (AP) – Jarren Duran drove in Ceddanne Rafaela with a ninth-inning single to help the Boston Red Sox cap a furious rally and beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Monday night.

Rafael Devers and David Hamilton both added a two-run home runs for Boston, which has won 10 of its last 12 and is a season-high seven games over .500 at 43-36.

Toronto’s seven-game losing streak is its longest since September 2019.

Kenley Jansen (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning to get the win.

Rafaela chopped a grounder off Toronto reliever Zach Pop (0-2) to Spencer Horwitz to lead off the ninth, but Horwitz had trouble getting the ball out of his glove, allowing Rafaela to reach safely.

Pop balked, allowing Rafaela to advance to second. Duran then singled to right allowing Rafaela to score, sliding past George Springer’s throw home.

Toronto appeared to be in control after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a towering three-run home run over the Green Monster and out of Fenway Park during a five-run seventh inning to put the Blue Jays in front 6-2.

But after Toronto starter Chris Bassitt was replaced by Nate Pearson in the eighth, Pearson gave up a two-run homer to Hamilton that allowed Boston to get within 6-4.

Left-hander Tim Mayza came on for Pearson with two out the inning and yielded a single to Devers. Tyler O’Neill doubled up the middle, moving Devers to third. Rob Refsnyder was then intentionally walked to load the bases.

Romy Gonzalez hit a line drive to left field that scored Devers and O’Neill to tie the game.

Bassitt allowed five hits and two runs over seven innings.

Boston starter Tanner Houck allowed five hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: Shortstop Bo Bichette (right calf strain) could be activated as early as Tuesday. The injury sent him to the IL on June 15.

Red Sox: First baseman Triston Casas received another MRI on the rib strain that’s kept him sidelined for the past 57 games. He told reporters he got the additional imaging because he has been feeling good lately. “We want to make sure everything is good before I start letting it rip.” “¦ C Connor Wong was placed on the paternity list.

CHAMPS VISIT

The newly crowned NBA champion Boston Celtics continued their post-title tour, taking the field for a pre-game ceremony.

Team owners, front office members, coaching staff and players all walked on wearing Red Sox jerseys. Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were last to enter, jointly toting the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Tatum, Brown, Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick White and Al Horford then all threw out ceremonial first pitches.

UP NEXT

RHP Kevin Gausman (5-6, 4.24 ERA) is set to make his 16th start Tuesday for Toronto. He gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 7-3 loss to Boston last week. RHP Brayan Bello (7-4, 4.83) gets the nod for the Red Sox. He gave up two runs over six innings to outduel Gausman last week.

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