Smoak, Blue Jays finish Boston 10-game winning series in Slugfest

Smoak, Blue Jays finish Boston 10-game winning series in Slugfest

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July 13, 2018 11:20 pm


Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) hits an RBI triple during the second innings against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park July 13, 2018. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Justin Smoak hit two home runs and had four RBIs, while the Toronto Blue Jays busted the Boston Red Sox 10-3 in the major league and a 13-7 win on Friday night.

Smoak (3-for-5) has flown team-mate Yangerevis Solarte for the lead in the home runs at 16. Kevin Pillar (4-for-5) also drove in 4 runs and Dwight Smith Jr. had a 2-run blast and 3 RBIs for Toronto, who lost four out of five.

Mookie Betts (3-for-4) hit two triples and had two RBIs for Boston. The Red Sox lost for the first time since July 1 the rubber match of a major three-game series against rival Yankees in New York, 11-1.

Boston kept its lead of 3½ games over New York on the American League East following the 6-5 loss to the Yankees in Cleveland.

Toronto starter Ryan Borucki took three innings and gave seven runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks with five strikeouts. Blue Jays helper Jake Petricka (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (11-4) posted a season-high eight runs over two plus innings. He allowed seven hits and ran four strokes while hitting two and suffering his first loss in six starts since June 10.

After his first-inning triple, Betts struck another three-excavator to drive two in Boston's five-round second. Betts hit came only a few inches from the Yellow Home Run line at Center Field, but a crew chief review confirmed the call.

After a 6: 3 win in the third round, Toronto set its own five-run frame to win 8-6. Smoak started with his solo homer (15th of the year) and Smith's Blast (2) broke a 6-all tie and ended Porcello's night.

Mitch Moreland hit an RBI single in fourth to get the Red Sox going.

The Blue Jays have broken the game with a three-round eighth. Smoak's two-run blast in the ninth ended the scoring.

The teams play again today at 13:05 clock.


Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) takes the ball from start pitcher Rick Porcello (22) during the third innings against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 13, 2018. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Indians 6, Yankees 5: Rookie Shane Bieber hit the eighth inning as Cleveland held to beat the visiting New York Yankees.

In his seventh career start and first against an AL East opponent, Bieber (5-1) held the Yankees to four runs (three earned) on five strokes. Three of the runs were in the fifth, after the Indians had built a 4-0 lead.

Bieber hit six, took two walks and threw 99 places as the Indians improved to 3-5 on their last home stand before the All-Star break.

Bieber was replaced after allowing a double by Tyler Wade in the second round. The 23-year-old right-hander went to the standing ovations of the sold-out crowd back to the shelter.

Mets 4, Nationals 2: Noah Syndergaard fought his way through five innings and lost the victory on his first start in seven weeks. He helped the Mets visit Washington.

With the victory in the second game of the four-game series, the Mets improved since June 1 to 11-27. The Nationals have lost 12 out of 18.

Syndergaard (5: 1), who had suffered a torn ligament in his right index finger in his previous start on May 25, allowed a run for seven strokes and two walks while hitting three.

The Nationals put the leading runner in every inning against Syndergaard, but he held Washington to only three strokes in 17 at-bats with runners on base.

Seth Lugo threw two goalless innings before Robert Gsellman allowed a run over two innings to earn his fourth rescue.

The Mets gave Syndergaard all the support he needed, scoring three goals in the first round by Tanner Roark (3-12).

Phillies 2, Marlins 0: Jake Arrieta hit seven scoreless innings to lead Philadelphia past the host of Miami.

The helpers Victor Arano and Pat Neshek (first raise of the season) each delivered a goalless inning to end the break.

Arrieta only allowed three hits and three walks and drew three. He was supported by an RBI double by Aaron Altherr, who also started a race-saving game in the sixth inning.

Philadelphia Maikel Franco added a solo homer in the ninth.

Marlin's All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto returned from a paternity leave with three games and went with a punch from 0 to 4.

Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins, who was called on Wednesday to compete in the Home Run Derby, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

The left-back from Miami, Wei-Yin Chen (2-7), took a heavy loss, allowing only five hits, one run and one run in six innings. He hit a season high-eight. It has been most of the strikeouts for Chen since May 11, 2016.

Pirates 7, Breweries 3: Gregory Polanco heaved and rookie Nick Kingham hit nine when Pittsburgh defeated Milwaukee.

Josh Bell had four hits and two RBIs, and Colin Moran had three hits and one RBI for Pittsburgh, who won three in a row and five out of six.

Brewers reliever Brandon Woodruff, recalled earlier in the day, allowed a hit in three scoreless innings and beat his first homer career. Travis Shaw also married for Milwaukee, who lost three in a row and five out of seven.

Kingham (4-4) has a career high in strikeouts tied earlier this season. He allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, with a walk. Kyle Crick got the last four outs for his second rescue.

Brewers starter Junior Guerra (6-6), who had won three starts in a row, dropped six runs and nine hits in four innings, with four strikeouts and two walks.

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