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Sox Drop Series Opener With Jays

The Red Sox hoped to take an opportunity playing the basement dwelling Jays for the next 3 games, but that wouldn’t be the case in the series opener on Monday.   The Sox had Rick Porcello on the mound and he struggled out of the gate, giving up 3 runs in the 1st.   The Sox started to battle back, but the home run bug would hit Porcello again and the Jays would out hit and outpitch the Sox down the stretch.

The Jays got on the board and fast when Porcello gave up a 3 run homer to Morales in the top of the 1st.  Sox 0-3.  The Sox battled back in the bottom of the 2nd and scored two runs when Nunez hit an RBI single to score Young and Vazquez.  Sox 2-3.   However, Porcello would end up giving one of those runs back in the top of the 3rd when Jose Bautista hit a solo home run.   Sox 2-4.  Porcello settled down until the 6th inning, but then he ended up allowing the Jays the blow the game wide open.   Porcello gave up an RBI double to Goins and then a 2 run homer to Lopez.   Sox 2-7.  Porcello was done for the night and Brandon Workman was in to finish the 6th, but the damage was already done.

The Sox got one of those runs back in the bottom of the 6th when Nunez hit an RBI single to score Vazquez.   Sox 3-7.  The Sox added another run to the board in the 7th when Mitch Moreland hit an RBI groundout to score Benintendi.   Sox 4-7.   Unfortunately that would be the last run the Sox would score, but the Jays weren’t done yet.   Matt Barnes came out for the 9th inning and ended up allowing the Jays to score three times in the inning.   Barnes allowed a solo home run to Smoak, an RBI double to Morales and then an RBI single to Pillar.   Sox 4-10.   The Sox went in order in the bottom of the inning and instead of the Sox taking advantage of the Jays, the Yankees moved one game closer to the Sox in the hunt for the AL East.

Red Sox 4  Blue Jays 10  BOXSCORE

WP: Happ (7-10)  LP: Porcello (9-16)