TORONTO – Where would the Red Sox be without Michael Chavis?
Chavis hit a go-ahead, solo home run in the 13th inning, propelling the Red Sox to a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night.
Chavis has now hit 10 home runs in just 106 major league at-bats. He has played in 28 games since being called up from Pawtucket in April.
The Sox positioned themselves to win the game in nine innings, but saw the bullpen blow a 4-2 lead. Matt Barnes gave up a solo home run to Justin Smoak in the eighth inning and Marcus Walden, looking for his first save in 2019, surrendered a two-out run-scoring single to Danny Jansen in the ninth inning.
Heath Hembree (1-0) picked up the win, despite allowing a game-tying home run to Rowdy Tellez in the bottom of the 12th inning. Hembree went two innings in relief.
Rick Porcello cruised through six innings of work. The righty allowed one run on three hits. He struck out four.
The lone blemish on Porcello’s night was a rocket of a home run hit by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Brandon Workman took over for Porcello and escaped a jam in the seventh inning. He gave up two hits and walked two more, including one to bring in a run, but induced a groundout by Eric Sogard to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
Rafael Devers homered in the eighth inning and Mookie Betts added a solo shot in the 12th.
Mitch Moreland drove in two runs and Xander Bogaerts added an RBI single.
Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez allowed two runs over six innings of work. The righty allowed just four hits, walked two, and struck out five batters.
The Red Sox and Blue Jays wrap up their series Thursday afternoon.