BOSTON – Teoscar Hernandez belted a pair of three-run homers on the Green Monster – two of Toronto’s eight longballs – and Marcus Semien extended his road hitting streak to 26 games as the Blue Jays beat the Boston Reds on Sunday. defeated the Sox 18-4.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichet, Lourdes Guriel Jr., Cavan Bigio, Rowdy Tellez and Semien also went deep for the Blue Jays, a day after they won five homers in a 7–2 victory. Guerrero was their major league-leading 21st.
“It’s unbelievable,” Hernandez said. “I hope it can be like this every day so that we can have fun and laugh the whole game.”
Bichette had four of Toronto’s season-high 20 hits, and Guerrero, Hernández and Guriel had three each. Jace also reached the high level of the season for the runs.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” said winning pitcher Robbie Ray, when asked what he would do if they faced Toronto’s lineup. “Maybe let them try to hit the ball at someone. The way we were swinging today was really impressive.”
Xander Bogaerts and Bobby Dalbec made home for Boston, which captured the series opener before Toronto’s power surge.
Semin’s club-record streak is the longest since Dexter Fowler safely hit 27 straight road games for the Cubs from September 2015 to May 2016.
Toronto hit five homers in two consecutive games for the third time in team history, also in 2020 and 2017.
Ray (4-2) scored 10 runs in six innings, which included three runs, four hits and three walks.
The Blue Jays took a 4–0 lead against Martin Perez on Hernandez’s three-run homer for the first time and took a single shot from Guriel.
Semien’s drive into the batsmen’s eye in the center made it 5-0 in the second, prompting a loud pounce from the Fenway Park crowd. They quickly poked fun at Red Sox manager Alex Cora when next batsman Bichette came out to pull Perez after a single.
“We need to do a better job, that’s the bottom line,” Cora said. “It’s been a terrible week pitching for us.”
The Red Sox have conceded 53 runs in their last six matches.
Perez (4-4) retired only four batsmen, tagged for five off six hits. In his last two starts, he allowed 11 runs in 3 1/3 innings, increasing his ERA from 3.09 to 4.52.
“I’m not finding the ball where I want it,” he said. “The last two they’ve been hitting well against me, that’s part of the game.”
Toronto opened it with four runs in the fourth and four in the fifth, making it 13–1. Hernandez hit his second three-run shot, a drive estimated at 440 feet, after Guerrero’s RBI single left Fenway in the fourth.
Bichette’s three-run shot in the fifth also went out of the park.
In the last two games, Toronto has hit nine homers on the wall of the left field.
“It’s really fun, when you hit a fly ball that’s a regular fly ball at other parks, here it (might) hit the base, maybe a double,” Hernandez said. “Some fly balls that don’t go for base hits at other parks are singles. I love playing here.”
RHP Ryan Webber, recalled from Triple-A Worcester before the game, went in 5 2/3 innings, conceding 11 runs on 11 hits and scoring seven runs.
Boston utility player Marvin Gonzalez worked a perfect eighth, bringing cheers from the crowd with most of his pitches in the mid-40s.
Second baseman Christian Arroyo conceded two unearned runs on Tellez’s homer in ninth.
Blue Jays: Saturday’s winning pitcher, Steven Matz, has been placed on the injured list related to COVID-19. “He is still undergoing additional testing,” said manager Charlie Montoyo. “The people who were around him who were vaccinated came back negative, and that’s good news.”
Red Sox: Bogarts was in the lineup after losing the last two games due to pain in the left knee. … 3B Rafael Devers got the day off, surpassing the 1B Dalbec diamond.
Toronto RHP Alec Manoh (1-0, 3.14 ERA) is set to open the series finale against Boston right winger Nathan Iovaldi (7-3, 4.11) on Monday night. Iovaldi is recovering from his first defeat since April 24.
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