Tapia and Blue Jays take advantage of Boston error for sweep

BOSTON (AP) – Raimel Tapia had three hits and drove in four runs, giving him 10 RBIs in the series, and Vladimir Guerrero had four hits for the Toronto Blues. jays on Sunday when they defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-4 to complete a three-game sweep.

Two days after Tapia hit an inside-the-park grand slam in a record 28-5 victory, he hit a bases-loaded triple to put Toronto into a 5-0 lead over Boston prospect Brayan Bello (0 -two). – one of five players in the Red Sox lineup who started the season in the minors.

The blue jays he also took advantage of three errors and a string of other errors by Boston, which is just a half-game out of last place in the AL East.

The day David Ortiz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame about a four-hour drive west, the Red Sox lost their fifth straight game, the ninth of the last 10 and the 13th of 16. Boston, which was a season-high 11 games over .500 on June 27, he hasn’t won a series against an AL East opponent in 12 tries this season.

Withering in the 98-degree heat and trailing 5-1, the Red Sox were booed by the home crowd in the second inning after George Springer stole second base and took third when Christian Vazquez’s throw went wide. garden and was kicked. by left fielder Franchy Cordero.

Tim Mayza (4-0) earned the win as the most effective reliever after inducing a double play in the seventh. Toronto starter Ross Stripling gave up two runs in four innings before reliever Trevor Richards gave up two more, when Jarren Duran tripled and scored in the fifth, then Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo home run in the sixth to put the 8-4.

But the biggest cheer of the day came when a snippet of Ortiz’s acceptance speech was played on the scoreboard.

The Red Sox could have used him. Instead, the lineup was missing ailing All-Stars JD Martinez and Rafael Devers and top offseason acquisition Trevor Story, with the last five in the batting order hitting worse than .220.

Bello allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out two in four innings; he has yet to reach fifth in any of his three major league starts. But this time he was hurt by a bit of bad luck and a bad defense.

Toronto loaded the bases in the first inning with two softballs, one that bounced off third base, and a walk, then Cavan Biggio hit a two-run single off third baseman Jeter Downs that was also kicked by Cordero. Tapia made it 5-0 with a bases-loaded triple to right-center space.

The blue jays added three more in the fifth, which began when Hirokazu Sawamura walked leadoff hitter Teoscar Hernandez when the Red Sox reliever put his fingers to his mouth on a 2-1 count after being cautioned, resulting in in two automatic balls.

Hernandez reacted to score on Tapia’s single, and another run scored when Downs threw the ball into the back of a runner heading home; Downs also missed a routine groundout. The final run was scored when pitcher Sawamura covered first with a dribbler to the right side of the infield, but passed the bag.

COACHES ROOM

Red Sox: Martinez was available to pinch hit despite back spasms and could return to the lineup Monday night. … Story swung around as he recovered from a bruised right hand. INF / OF Kike Hernandez reported progress as he recovers from a right hip flexor strain.

UNTIL NEXT TIME:

Blue jays: Bye Monday, host the Cardinals on Tuesday, with RHP Jose Berrios (7-4) facing St. Louis RHP Andre Pallante (3-4).

Red Sox: Open four-game series against the Guardians, with RHP Nick Pivetta (8-7) facing Cleveland RHP Zach Plesac (2-7).

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