TORONTO – Marco Hernandez hasn’t been with the Red Sox for much of the 2019 season, but he’s found a way to make a big impact in his short time on the roster.
Hernandez’s ninth inning pinch-hit home run propelled the Red Sox to an 8-7 victory over the Blue Jays on Independence Day. The solo shot bailed out the Red Sox bullpen, who tallied their 18th blown save of the season just a half inning earlier when Brandon Workman allowed a two-out run scoring double.
It was Hernandez’s second home run of 2019. His first one came in Baltimore last month when he hit a game-tying home run off the Orioles in the ninth inning.
Workman (8-1) ran into trouble again in the home half of the ninth, but stranding the tying and winning runs on base when he forced a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. groundout to end the game.
The win capped off a comeback for the Sox, who erased a five-run deficit with a six-run sixth inning. Michael Chavis’ three-run homer proved to be the big knock of the frame:
Starting pitcher Hector Velazquez lasted just 2 1/3 innings and was tagged for three runs. Colten Brewer was also charged with three runs in his 1 2 innings of relief.
The Red Sox now travel to Detroit, where they will begin a series with the Tigers on Friday.