Teoscar Hernandez slugged two of the Blue Jays’ eight home runs and had a career-high six RBIs, Robbie Ray struck out 10 over six innings of three-run ball and the visiting Toronto Blue Jays routed the Boston Red Sox 18-4 on Sunday afternoon.
Hernandez (3-for-6) had three-run blasts in the first and fourth. Bo Bichette (4-for-5) launched a three-run bomb and scored five times, Rowdy Tellez added a two-run shot and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3-for-5) homered for the third straight game, hitting a two-run shot for his majors-leading 21st homer.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (3-for-5), Marcus Semien and Cavan Biggio each added solo shots in the Blue Jays’ 20-hit attack. Toronto posted four-run innings in the first, fourth and fifth en route to its biggest offensive output of the season.
Ray (4-2), who gave up four hits and walked three, has totaled 23 strikeouts over 12 1/3 innings over his last two starts.
The Blue Jays have won back-to-back games and three of their last five.
Boston had not allowed more than two home runs in a game this season before the Blue Jays hit five in their 7-2 win Saturday. Red Sox pitchers surrendered five or more homers in back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history, per NBC Sports Boston.
The eight home runs allowed by Red Sox pitching were the most in the 109-year history of Fenway Park, according to NESN.
The Blue Jays tied a franchise record with consecutive five-homer games, according to Sportsnet.
Xander Bogaerts and Bobby Dalbec each hit solo homers and Enrique Hernandez had a two-run double for Boston. Red Sox starter Martin Perez (4-4) gave up four runs in the first and five overall, allowing six hits and walking one in 1 1/3 innings.
Ryan Weber pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief of Perez and coughed up 11 runs on 13 hits and four home runs with two walks and seven strikeouts. Per NBC Sports Boston, Weber’s 11 earned runs matched a franchise high for a reliever and were the most allowed by a Boston bullpen arm since Hank Johnson (11) in 1934.
–Field Level Media