BOSTON (AP) — Automatic runner Cavan Biggio slid under the tag to score the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Boston 6-5 on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep and earn their eighth straight win at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox had a runner on third with nobody out in the eighth and then loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, and both times failed to score. In the 10th, Biggio took third on a groundout and then rushed home on George Springer’s grounder to short, with the throw from Xander Bogaerts coming in too high.
Danny Jansen had three hits, including a home run, for the Blue Jays, who have won seven of their last eight games. They are 8-1 in Boston this year, winning the last two in extra innings.
Jordan Romano (5-3) pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth and then retired the Red Sox in order in the 10th to earn the victory.
After J.D. Martinez singled to lead off the ninth and Bogaerts doubled, Christian Arroyo was intentionally walked to load the bases. Romano struck out Franchy Cordero and then, with five infielders playing in, Kiké Hernandez hit a hard chopper to third to start an inning-ending double play.
John Schrieber (3-3) did not allow a hit in the 10th but took the loss on the unearned run that scored on a fielder’s choice. Reese McQuire had three hits for Boston, which has lost four in a row and six of seven games.
McGuire led off the eighth with a line drive into the right field corner that skipped under Teoscar Hernandez’s glove and went to the wall, turning a double into a triple.
Adam Cimber struck out Bobby Dalbec, hit Jarren Duran and then fanned Tommy Pham before Tim Mayza got Rafael Devers on a hard grounder that went off first baseman Vladimir Guerrero’s glove but slowed down enough for second baseman Santiago Espinal to field and throw back to first for the third out.
Dalbec was busy at first base.
In the fourth, he couldn’t get under a foul popup near the stands, allowing Guererro to remain at the plate with two outs. He followed with a two-run single to give the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead.
But in the sixth, he came off the bag to grab Devers’ bad throw on Santiago Espinal’s hard chopper to third. Dalbec reached out as he landed to tag Espinal in the back before he reached the base.
Jansen followed with a solo home run. The 108 mph shot was caught bare-handed by a fan in the front row of the seats atop the Green Monster.
Red Sox: 2B Trevor Story went 3-for-4 with a single, double, and home run in a rehab start for Double-A Portland. ... LHP James Paxton will be shut down after tearing a side muscle while trying to come back from Tommy John surgery. He left his first rehab start last week after just two batters.
Red Sox: Open a three-game series against the Rays. RHP Michael Wacha (8-1) will start for Boston; Tampa Bay’s starter is TBD.
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Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press