Bichette breaks the position with 1st slam, Blue Jays top Red Sox 6-2

TORONTO (AP) – Bo Bichette broke the eighth-inning tie with his first grand slam of his career, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the falling Boston Red Sox 6-2 Monday night.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Matt Chapman also homered the Blue Jays. José Berríos allowed two runs in a season-high seven-plus innings and Adam Cimber (4-0) got three outs for his major league-leading fourth win as Toronto won for the fifth time in six games.

Boston has lost three in a row and five of six. The Red Sox have scored two runs or fewer in all five of those defeats.

Bichette got a 2-all draw with a two-out drive to the right field from right-handed player Tyler Danish in the eighth. Homer was Bichette’s second of the season.

Gurriel hit a leadoff homer to the left in the fifth, his second, and Chapman made it 2-0 with a two-out shot to center in the seventh, his third.

The Blue Jays have 25 home runs this season, most in majors. Toronto led all MLB teams with a franchise record of 262 homers in 2021.

The long balls of Gurriel and Chapman came from Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi, who allowed two runs and five hits in a season-high-7 innings.

Eovaldi has served seven homeruns in 21 2/3 innings this season. He gave up 15 in 182 1/3 innings last season.

Blue Jays midfielder George Springer made the game’s defensive play in the fifth, ran back to the edge of the warning lane and finished the inning with a header diving catch of Kevin Plaewcki’s drive.

Red Sox slugger JD Martinez returned to the ranks as the designated hitter. Martinez left last Wednesday’s match against the Blue Jays due to left adductor and had not played since.

Martinez doubled in the second, flew out to the warning lane in the right field in the fourth and struck out in his last two strokes.

Boston filled the bases with one out in the second, but Christian Arroyo started for a 1-2-3 double play on the first pitch he saw from Berríos.

Berríos struck out six and allowed a run over six innings to beat Boston at Fenway Park last Wednesday for his first win of the season.

This time, Berríos left after Bobby Dalbec and Arroyo singles to begin the eighth. Cimber came in front of Plawecki, who advanced the runners with a sacrifice before Kiké Hernández hit an RBI single, and Alex Verdugo equalized it with a sacrificial fly. Boston’s run ended a 15-inning scoreless drought.

Left-hander Matt Strahm (1-1) replaced Eovaldi in the eighth and gave up hits to Santiago Espinal and Bradley Zimmer. Springer greeted Danish with a single to leave the bases before Bichette’s big bang.

ROSTER MOVES

Boston put RHPs Tanner Houck and Kutter Crawford on the limited list. The Red Sox recalled Danish from Triple-A Worcester and selected RHP John Schrieber from Triple-A. … Plawecki was activated from COVID-19 IL and C Connor Wong was selected for Triple-A.

COACH’S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Trevor Story (rest) was kept off the starting lineup.

Blue Jays: INF Cavan Biggio was placed on COVID-19 IL and RHP Bowden Francis was recalled from Triple-A. … LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (forearm) will throw live batting training later this week, said GM Ross Atkins. … AF Teoscar Hernández (strained left slant) has turned off a tee and will face live pitching later this week, Atkins said.

NEXT

Red Sox RHP Nick Pivetta (0-3, 10.03 ERA) meets Blue Jays RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 2.89) on Tuesday.

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