Jays Win Series Against Red Sox, Go 12-5 in last 15

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It’s been quite a few weeks for the Toronto Blue Jays. To the cheer of the Blue Jays faithful, the offence has finally been found, which has helped the team go 12-5 in their past 15 games. This weekend was no different as they took on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway.

Things started off Friday night as the knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was lights out. David Price would be the one to try and stand in his way, but would get knocked down early. Dickey would not give up a hit to the Red Sox, until the sixth inning. The Jays would help offensively scoring 2 runs in the top of the first inning, thanks to Edwin Encarnacion. He would send one into the stands in center field scoring Josh Donaldson as well as himself. In the bottom of the inning, Mookie Betts would find himself on base after walking and would eventually score cutting the lead in half. Fast forward to the eighth inning, and the Jays would manage to add two more runs on the board, winning Friday’s contest 5-2.

On Saturday, Marcus Stroman would be sent to the bump as he would look to continue his team’s streak. However, he would soon discover he had been figured out by Boston’s offence, as the Red Sox would score in five consecutive innings. His competition across the field would be Steven Wright. Wright would find his defence putting in the work as a Jay would not see the plate until the top of the fourth inning. The Blue Jays would then score in three consecutive innings, but would still fall short by a pair, losing Saturday afternoon 6-4, managing only four hits through nine innings.

Sunday would be the rubber match. There was a lot of excitement surrounding Sunday’s game as it got started. Marco Estrada would be on the hill for the Jays as he would face off against the young gun, Eduardo Rodriguez. The Jays offence would be a major factor, but not because of singles, doubles, or even triples. Jose Bautista started off in the first inning, getting a hold of one and homering in left center field. Heading into the third, Darwin Barney and Encarnacion would both homer respectively, scoring an additional three runs, making it a 4-0 game. It would then be Russell Martin’s turn to fire one into center field, giving the Blue Jays a 5-0 run.

Defensively, Estrada had himself a game. The debatable ace of the team would find himself going into the bottom of the eighth, as he had a no-hitter intact right up until the bottom of the eighth inning before giving up a home run to Chris Young. Young’s home run would then light a fire on Boston’s bench. Leading 5-1 going into the ninth, and just three outs away from a win, Roberto Osuna would come in for the ninth. David Ortiz would hit a line drive, scoring Dustin Pedroia. Hanley Ramirez then doubled, scoring Rusney Castillo. Jackie Bradley Jr. then singled, scoring Ramirez, but that is all that would take place as the Jays would be able to hold on, and win the series 2/3.

The Blue Jays now head into Detroit to start a three games series at Comerica Park. J.A. Happ (6-2) will be sent to the mound as his opponent will be Michael Fulmer (5-1).

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Jays fall to Red Sox, Lose Ground to Yankees

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It was a late afternoon start at the Rogers Centre Saturday as the Jays were set to face the Red Sox in game two of the last series in Toronto. R.A. Dickey would be sent to the mound as Boston would send Wade Miley as his counterpart. The Jays were looking to remain steady with the Yankees who won their contest earlier on.

Things would stay quiet during the first five innings as both clubs would get runners on base, but couldn’t produce on their attempts. Boston would get a run in first before Edwin Encarnacion would launch his 34th home run this season over the left field wall making it a 2-1 game. Boston would then tie it up in the seventh as Jackie Bradley Jr. would double scoring Brock Holt to tie it up.

Heading into the eighth, the Jays would score two more runs making it 4-2. The boys in blue had their eyes set on winning their 86th game this season. However the boys in grey had other ideas. Boston would score five runs hitting off of Roberto Osuna and Aaron Sanchez. In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, Matt Hague, would be up to the plate. The international league MVP would help the Jays with some momentum hitting a double on a sharp line to center field. Justin Smoak would follow at the plate, but not on the same level. He would ground out to end the ballgame.

The Jays would lose a nail bitter 7-6 falling 85-63 on the year. Not a huge break on the record, but the club would see their ground on the second place Yankees fall to 3.5 games. They also stand 1.5 games back of the Kansas City Royals for first overall in the American League. The Toronto team will look to bounce back in the rubber match hoping for a Yankees loss to gain more ground back before facing the Bronx team for a three game set starting Monday night.

Mark Buehrle will take the hill for the Jays as Rich Hill will start for the Red Sox. This will be just the second start for Hill this season as this is the first year he’s taken the mound in the past six. This is his third stint with Boston and is hoping to prove why he deserves to stay on the rotation when next season comes around. First pitch takes place at 1:07PM EST.