#RedSox Game Summary (April 18) Harder than It Had to Be

#RedSox Game Summary (April 18) Harder than it had to be. The Red Sox had this game pretty well managed until the 9th, when Matt Barnes came on with a 4 run lead and could not seem to put the ball where he wanted it. The Blue Jays hitters were putting the ball where they wanted, however; specifically, in the outfield and in the seats. As usual, the Sox spotted Toronto an early lead when Brian Johnson (subbing for new dad Eduardo Rodriguez), pitching in only his second major league start ever, gave up 4 hits, including doubles to Kevin Pillar and Justin Smoak, to grant the Jays a 2 run advantage. The Sox came back in the 3rd with 3 singles to take a 3-2 lead, but that was only temporary as Justin Smoak smoked one in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 3. The Sox had a big inning in the 5th when Hanley Ramirez got a RBI double, then Mitch Moreland drove Hanley in with another double, and scored on a RBI single by Pablo Sandoval. Toronto came back to narrow the lead to 6-4 with a Russell Martin solo blast to left center. Boston added a run on a 7th inning Mookie Betts dinger, and a RBI double by Andrew Benintendi that scored Sandoval. It looked like Johnson’s first win was a sure thing, but Barnes seemed unsteady in the 9th, when, after 2 routine ground outs, he gave up a walk, then a RBI single to Steve Pearce, and a 2 run four-bagger to Ezequiel Carrera. His pitches were flying up and out of the strike zone, or down on the ground. They seemed to hit everything hittable until Devon Travis finally lined out to end this one. Boston beat Toronto, 8-7, at the Rogers Centre. Record: 9-5. Game: 14/148.

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