However, as they have often done this year, the Red Sox once again treated their impotence as a welcome challenge rather than an insurmountable hurdle. Alex Verdugo managed the eighth inning, as Homer in the Red Sox’s match against Trevor Richards turned the difference in the lead, and in the end, the Red Sox won 5-4. The contest was the Sox’s 33rd-leading league triumph of the season, and the fifth in a game they were late entering the eighth inning.
The late eruption reignited Fenway Park following a lukewarm intensity across the middle floors of one night as smog (the product of West Coast bushfires) descended upon the site.
The Red Sox put right-hand coach Thomas Hatch – who was called up from Triple A on his first major league appearance in 2021 – on the defensive beforetime. Four players arrived in a row against Hatch to begin the second goal, with Hunter Renfrew ripping a double lead into the middle on the 0-2 fastball and Verdugo’s goal in the center. Then Cristian Vazquez walked in and Franchi Cordero changed the two strokes to the left for a single to load the bases without any ends.
While Michael Chaves benefited from the RBI, Sox failed to add more. Although Hatch looked exhausted in the 36-court inning, he hit Kiki Hernandez and was fouled by Yaren Duran to end the threat.
The Blue Jays engaged in an interesting act of consistency at the top of third, as their first four hitters reached out against Nick Pevita, with three singles and a walk producing a pair of runs on the RBI singles by Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Marcus Simin. But like Hatch, Bivita has brilliantly worked his way out of further mischief. He made Bo Bichette collapse into a curve ball to hit the ball, then retired Teoscar Hernández (flyout) and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (return) to finish the frame.
This escape was rewarded at the base of the inning, when Raphael Davers crushed Hatch’s fastball, tearing Homer solo to the right for 27th of the year. The all-rounder allowed the Red Sox to reclaim the lead, 3-2, and Devers to reclaim the MLB lead in hit runs, which he and Guerrero had shared in the previous few minutes.
But on a night when Bivita never looked harmonious on the hill, the lead didn’t grip up. With one runner in second and one at the top of fifth, coach Alex Cora approached the hill with an opening stroke at 84 pitches and Phillips Valdez was ready to enter.
Such a visit forever portends a move to the shopping center. But this time, she left Cora Pevita in the game – a decision that was briefly rewarded with a blow from Marcus Simin.
But with two wins, Pivetta left an 89-mph change on the board to Bichette. This time around, Jays’ fierce swing met the ball head-on, sending a two-stage rocket to Monster Seats – Homer’s 18th Bichette of the season – to advance 4-3 Toronto.
For Pivetta, the outing continued a year-lengthy struggle against the Blue Jays. Right, who allowed four runs in 4 2/3 runs, has given up 19 runs (18 gained) in 21 1/3 runs over four starts against Toronto this season, which is pleasing for a 7.59 ERA. He has 3.75 ERA in 16 starts against the rest of the league.
Meanwhile, the Sox were choked by Hatch and the Toronto Bullpen from the fourth through seventh inning. But Valdez (2 1/3 closing frames) and Adam Ottavino (eighth without goals) calmed the Jays following fifth, and put the Sox in for their second triumph in the eighth from behind in as many days.
A one-off outing by Renfrew set the stage for Ferdogo, who offloaded a 3-1 change from Richards. Verdugo stood in the hitting box to admire the flight of the never-returning satellite he launched at 414 feet for the game-winning Homer.
Matt Barnes came in flawless ninth, concluding when he triggered a pop-up from his previous UConn teammate and close comrade, George Springer, for the final to conclude his 22nd preserve of the year. The triumph propelled the Sox to a season-lofty 23 games over 0.500, leaving them 1 game-free of inactive Reese to lead the division.
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