The Red Sox took Game 2 of the seven-inning doubleheader Wednesday from the Blue Jays, after falling 4-1 in Game 1.
The Sox drew first blood, as they got on the board early with an RBI single from Rafael Devers. Boston made it 2-0 in the second as Hunter Renfroe grabbed a sac fly.
Tanner Houck was solid, but he started to fatigue in the fourth although he got out of the inning only allowing an RBI single from Bo Bichette. Houck ended his night throwing four innings, allowing just two hits while striking out seven. The righty hurled 75 pitches, 50 strikes, 28 sliders, 24 four-seam fastballs, 20 sinkers, and three splitters.
Jarren Duran, with Kevin Plawecki on first, hit a sharp line drive into center field. Blue Jays’ centerfielder George Springer had some trouble handling it, as he bobbled it letting Duran come around to score in order to make it 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Although the home run song went off at Fenway, the official scoring on the play was an RBI triple with an E8.
Thesis: Jarren Duran is fast.
Exhibit A: pic.twitter.com/qIRdIAhGuE
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 29, 2021
Garrett Whitlock tossed a scoreless fifth and sixth, as he stranded two in the sixth. Matt Barnes would hit Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to lead off the seventh but made it a 1-2-3 inning as a double play ended the ballgame.
Rafael Devers leaves game in fourth:
After Rafael Devers doubled in the fourth, he grabbed his leg as he seemed to have tweaked something. He was replaced for the top half of the fifth by Bobby Dalbec, who was in the lineup at first base. Michael Chavis moved to fourth.
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