Red Sox pitchers Sunday, which included position players, gave up a record-setting eight homers Sunday in their 18-4 loss to the Blue Jays.
Martin Perez wasn’t even able to make it out of the second inning, letting up five runs off six hits, walking one through just 1 1/3. Perez’ season ERA, which was nearing the mark of below 3.00 just a couple of starts ago, now sits at 4.52 on the season.
Ryan Weber, who was called up just hours before the ballgame, had an earlier entrance into the ballgame than he might have expected to have entering with just one out in the top of the second.
Weber would retire Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez, the Blue Jays heart of the order with ease to get out of the second, and would set the Blue Jays down 1-2-3 in the third with a little help of a double play.
But chaos would follow.
The 30-year old righty would surrender a pair of three-run homers in both the fourth and fifth, and eight runs across just those frames. Two more homers came in the sixth and seventh to make it 11 runs given up for the hurler who threw six innings and only allowed a run against the Jays in May of 2019. His ERA sits at a mesmerizing 17.47.
With Alex Cora not wanting to use any more arms, the manager chose to hand the ball to utility man Marwin Gonzalez and infielder Christian Arroyo for the final two innings.
Gonzalez held the Blue Jays to a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth, the only 1-2-3 inning that didn’t consist of a hit the Red Sox were treated to. Arroyo tossed the ninth, and would let up a two-run homer to Rowdy Tellez for the Blue Jays’ eighth homer of the day.
Martin Perez drops his fourth game of the year, as the Red Sox look to even up the series Monday in the fourth and final game of the weekend set. Nathan Eovaldi gets the nod Monday night.
(Photo of Ryan Weber/AP Photo/Steven Senne)