MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Boston0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 280
Toronto1 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 x 7100
  W: K. Gausman (6-6)   L: C. Seabold (0-1)
4:07 PM PT5:07 PM MT6:07 PM CT7:07 PM ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 PM MST6:07 PM EST6:37 PM VEN3:07 UAE (+1)5:07 PM CT, June 27, 2022
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 25,498

Red Sox aim for eighth straight win when they visit Blue Jays

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Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Red Sox and Blue Jays are meeting for their third series this season, with Toronto winning both series and looking to win its third series against Boston in a single season for the first time since 2016. Toronto has won six of its last eight home games against Boston.
  2. Boston leads MLB in total doubles hit (175), with the next closest team being Atlanta (140). Since 2008, the Red Sox are the only team to hit 175+ doubles through the team's first 73 games of the season (four times: 2010, 2012, 2016, and 2022).
  3. Rafael Devers leads all players in MLB with 96 hits, which is the most hits through a Red Sox player's first 71 games of the season since Xander Bogaerts had 106 hits through 71 games in 2016.
  4. The Blue Jays have allowed four or more runs in 12 straight games, which is tied for the longest such streak this season (Texas). The Jays hold a record of 4-8 (.333) in those games and have been outscored by 21 total runs.
  5. In his seven-year career, Ross Stripling holds an ERA of 6.52 in seven starts against the Red Sox, which is his highest ERA against any MLB team (minimum five starts), while he holds an ERA of 3.85 in 82 starts against all other MLB opponents.
  6. The Red Sox have three hitters that rank top five in batting average in MLB this season among batting title qualifiers, Rafael Devers (.334), Xander Bogaerts (.330) and J.D. Martinez (.329). Boston was also the last team to have two batting title qualifiers averaging in the top-five in MLB before the All-Star break (Mookie Betts .359, J.D. Martinez .328).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/27/2022 thru 6/29/2022

The surging Boston Red Sox will try to extend their seven-game winning streak on Monday night when they visit the stumbling Toronto Blue Jays for the opener of a three-game series.

The Red Sox continued their spectacular June with an 8-3 victory over the host Cleveland Guardians on Sunday afternoon to finish a three-game series sweep.

"It's not easy to do," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "That's a good baseball team, they've been playing great. But we're a different team. We know we're good and we have to keep working. We have to keep working hard for what we're trying to accomplish. We feel good. Now we have to get ready for Toronto."

Boston is 19-4 for the month.

The Blue Jays are 12-12 in June after losing the final two games of their three-game series against the host Milwaukee Brewers. They finished their road trip with a 2-4 record.

In losing 5-4 on Saturday and 10-3 on Sunday, neither Yusei Kikuchi nor Jose Berrios could get out of the third inning of their starts for the Blue Jays.

"At the end of the day, it's pitching," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "For us to make a run and keep playing well, we need pitching and that hasn't happened in the last couple days. It's tough. It's taxing on the bullpen. The whole road trip was taxing on the bullpen."

Montoyo appreciated the work of Max Castillo, who pitched four scoreless innings in relief on Saturday in his second major league appearance. He allowed a single and two walks while striking out seven.

"He was outstanding," Montoyo said. "He did a great job to try and keep us in the game."

Right-hander Kevin Gausman (5-6, 3.19 ERA) will start for the Blue Jays against the Red Sox for the third time this season on Monday. He is 1-0 with an 0.64 ERA in his first two starts against them this season. In 22 career appearances (17 starts) against Boston, he is 5-8 with a 4.01 ERA.

Right-hander Connor Seabold (0-0 0.00) is expected to be the starter for the Red Sox. It would be his second career major league start and the first this season. He has never faced the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays are 5-2 this season against the Red Sox but the games were played in April.

"Obviously, they're one of the big boys in the division, they've been playing solid throughout this season and it's going to be a challenge," Cora said. "But we'll be ready for it."

Right-hander Tanner Houck and outfielder Jarren Duran, who are unvaccinated against COVID-19, will be on the restricted list for the series in Toronto because of Canada's vaccine mandate.

Duran was 4-for-5 with two stolen bases on Saturday and was 2-for-5 with a walk on Sunday.

"The dynamic player we envisioned," Cora said. "He's just having fun. Running the bases, being an athlete, hitting the ball the other way, not trying to do too much. This is what we want."

Rob Refsnyder likely will take most of Duran's playing time in Toronto.

Houck is 6-for-6 in save opportunities since being moved into the closer's role. John Schreiber and Matt Strahm will likely be used to close games in Toronto.

Blue Jays center fielder George Springer (right elbow discomfort) returned to the starting lineup Sunday after missing three consecutive games. He was 1-for-4.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 27, 2022

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