TORONTO – Lourdes Gurriel hit a two-run homer, Teoscar Hernandez helped with three hits and three RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 12-4 on Friday night.
Toronto used a nine-touchdown attack in the fifth act to saddle the Red Sox for their seventh loss in eight games.
Rookie right-hander Alek Manoah (4-1) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings for his third win in four starts. Toronto improved to 7-1 from July 30, when it returned to its home stadium in Canada.
George Springer had a pair of hits and drove in three runs, while Bo Bichette had two hits and one RBI for the Blue Jays who erased a 2-0 deficit by sending 14 batters to the plate in that key fifth inning.
Toronto hit nine hits in that inning, including seven extra-base hits.
Mexican Alejandro Kirk, Randal Grichuk and Venezuelan Breyvic Valera opened the fifth act with consecutive doubles against right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (9-7). Springer flew up a balloon, before Vladimir Guerrero was intentionally walked.
After striking out Marcus Semien, Bichette broke the tie with a single, Hernandez hit a two-run double and Cuban Gurriel disappeared the next pitch, ending Eovaldi’s work.
For the Red Sox, Puerto Ricans Kiké Hernández 5-1 with an RBI, Christian Vázquez 3-1. Mexican Alex Verdugo 4-2 with one scored. The Panamanian Jonathan Araúz 1-0. The Dominicans Rafael Devers 1-0 with a scored, Franchy Cordero 2-0. Venezuelan Marwin González 4-1 with a run scored.
For the Blue Jays, the Dominicans Guerrero 4-0 with one scored, Hernández 5-3 with two runs scored and three produced. The Cuban Gurriel 5-2 with a run scored and two RBIs. The Mexican Kirk 3-2 with two runs scored and one RBI. Venezuelan Valera 4-2 with one scored and one produced.