Before their recent schedule was so rudely interrupted by the Yankees and the Dodgers, the Red Sox had been living the high life at the expense of lightweight opposition.
Monday night, the Blue Jays came back to town.
Flagons were filled.
Robes were donned.
Time to resume the bacchanal, only this time it was a bacchanal in which only the Red Sox offense partook.
In a 10-8 victory, the Red Sox hitters slavered early and often over an array of mouthwatering offerings from a handful of Toronto pitchers. The output cast a fat shadow over another barely mediocre start from Rick Porcello (four runs) and one more less than delectable outing from the bullpen, which allowed the Blue Jays to make a late surge.
Michael Chavis hit a grand slam in the five-run first inning, while Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi each knocked in a pair in the five-run third inning. The tall stack of runs held up long enough to allow the Red Sox to merge awkwardly back into victory lane after losing two of three games to the high-powered, major-league leading Dodgers over the weekend.
Porcello’s last three innings — no runs, two hits, both singles — partly made up for his first three, when he got hit hard four runs on six hits. His already bloated ERA inched upwards from 5.33 to 5.37.
The binge began in the first inning with a leadoff double from Mookie Betts. After a Devers pop-up, the next three batters reached (walk, walk, RBI single from Benintendi) before Chavis came up to blast his first big league grand slam for the 5-0 lead.
Porcello quickly gave part of the lead back, surrendering a two-run home run to No. 8 hitter Billy McKinney.
In the top of the third, Porcello gave up two more runs on two singles, a double and a fielder’s choice RBI to narrow the lead to 5-4. The seemingly fraught situation proved to be an illusion as the Red Sox busted out for five more runs in the 10-batter third inning.
Devers singled in two runs, Xander Bogaerts another, with Benintendi doubling in two more against fresh reliever Joe Biagini to put the Red Sox up 10-4.
The Blue Jays scored four times in the eighth inning, in which two Red Sox relievers — Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes — combined efforts to allow the Blue Jays to scramble back into contention. Brasier had nothing, surrendering four hits. Barnes allowed a two-run single to Freddy Galvis as soon as he entered the game before retiring the eighth batter of the inning, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., for the third out.
Brandon Workman pitched a clean ninth inning for his eighth save of the season. The teams recorded an equal number of hits: 13.
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