The Red Sox and Blue Jays saw their bullpens get knocked around Tuesday night, but the Red Sox ultimately muscled their way to a 10-7 extra-inning win over Toronto.
Mitch Moreland hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the 10th inning off Jays reliever Ken Giles. Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-run shot later in the inning.
Giles (0-3) gave up five runs on four hits, including both home runs, and saw his ERA balloon to 6.21.
Craig Kimbrel (3-1) blew a save opportunity in the ninth when Justin Smoak hammered a solo home run to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Kimbrel has allowed runs in four of his last five appearances.
J.D. Martinez had positioned the Red Sox for a victory with a two-out, three-run home run in the eighth inning. The go-ahead blast, Martinez’s major league-leading 34th of the season, was the highlight of a four-RBI night for Boston’s DH.
Martinez now has 97 RBIs this season and is easily on pace to surpass his career-best mark of 104 set in 2017.
Drew Pomeranz labored again, tossing 4 2/3 innings of two-run ball. He allowed five hits and struck out one. The lefty struggled mightily with his command, walking five hitters and throwing just 44 strikes out of his 84 total pitches.
The Red Sox bullpen was not much better. Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, and Kimbrel all gave up a run while Tyler Thornburg was tagged for two in extra innings.
Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman delivered a strong seven innings. He allowed two hits, one run, walked three, and struck out four.
Stroman left the game with a blister before the eighth inning began, bringing Ryan Tepera into the game. Tepera was tagged for four runs on three hits.
How It Happened
The Blue Jays opened the scoring on a two-run homer by Devon Travis in the third inning.
The Red Sox cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth after Andrew Benintendi reached on a Travis error at second base. He would come around to score on a RBI single by Martinez.
Toronto squandered a major opportunity in the sixth. The Blue Jays loaded the bases on Brandon Workman, but the righty was able to work out of the jam. Kevin Pillar flied out to shallow right field, Luke Maile hit a dribbler up the third base line that allowed Sandy Leon to tag out Kendrys Morales on his way to the plate, and Randal Grichuk grounded into a 1-2 force out to end the inning.
The Jays would add to their lead in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Teoscar Hernandez.
Down 3-1, the Red Sox loaded the bases in the eighth with one out. Moreland grounded into a potential double play, but Travis struggled the field the ball at second base and was only able to get a force out at second. That brought Martinez up with two outs and two on, setting up his go-ahead home run off the left field foul pole.
The Jays pulled within one in the home half of the eighth on a RBI double by Maile, but Barnes was able to strand the tying run at second by forcing Grichuk to foul out to first.
The recent struggles for Kimbrel continued in the ninth. The closer fell behind Smoak and grooved a fastball down the middle on a 3-0 count. Smoak had the green light and launched it out of the ballpark for the game-tying home run.
Mookie Betts got things going for Boston in the 10th> with a triple off Giles. Benintendi walked, setting up Moreland’s go-ahead home run on a fastball down the middle of the plate. Xander Bogaerts singled and scored on Bradley’s home run, which gave Boston a 10-5 lead.
Toronto added two runs in the bottom of the 10th on a Pillar home run.
Up Next: Brian Johnson (2-3, 3.74 ERA) will take the ball for Boston in game two of the series on Wednesday. Toronto will counter with righty Mike Hauschild (1-0, 0.00 ERA). The 28-year-old is scheduled to make his first MLB start. He has five previous appearances out of the bullpen.