Boston Red Sox

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BOSTON – The Red Sox needed plenty of offense to survive their latest pitching issues in Monday night’s 10-8 win against the Blue Jays.

They got it instantaneously.

Michael Chavis’ first inning grand slam helped put the Red Sox ahead immediately. It was the first grand slam of the rookie’s major league career.

Chavis now has 16 home runs this season.

The Sox added five more runs in the third inning, all coming with two outs in the frame. Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi drove in two while Xander Bogaerts also added a run-scoring single.

Rick Porcello was tagged for four runs over six innings of work. The righty gave up eight hits and struck out two.

The Red Sox bullpen struggled again. Ryan Brasier allowed four runs, three earned, and recorded just two outs as part of a troublesome eighth inning.

The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play again Tuesday night. New acquisition Andrew Cashner will make his Boston debut after being traded from the Orioles over the weekend.