BOSTON (AP) — When Toronto right-hander Kevin Gausman involves Fenway Park, he is aware of how properly he is pitching by the playlist.
“If you’re still in the game when they’re singing ‘Sweet Caroline’ in the eighth inning, you’ve done something right,” Gausman mentioned after taking a shutout into the ninth to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Thursday.
“That’s what I remember about the last time that I pitched really well here,” mentioned Gausman, who spent the primary 6 1/2 seasons of his profession within the AL East in Baltimore. “It was being out there while they’re playing that song.”
Gausman (1-1) struck out eight and walked none earlier than permitting a leadoff single to Trevor Story to steer off the ninth. Jordan Romano relieved him and walked one and gave up an RBI double to Xander Bogaerts, then retired the following three batters to earn his seventh save.
In a season when Clayton Kershaw was pulled from an ideal sport due to a pitch rely — and Japanese League pitcher Roki Sasaki was taken out of what might have been his second straight excellent sport — Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo mentioned he was blissful to let Gausman go for his first profession shutout.
“I gave him a chance, hitter by hitter. If he would have gotten the first guy, then he would have gotten (to pitch to) the next guy,” Montoyo mentioned. “Everybody knew that that was our game plan. We were going to give him a chance to finish it. But then it’s not going to be fair to bring Romano on with two on.”
Gausman allowed seven hits in all — all singles — and allowed just one runner to succeed in second base. After Story singled to steer off the ninth, Romano walked Rafael Devers and gave up an RBI double to Xander Bogaerts.
Devers scored on Alex Verdugo’s groundout, then Bobby Dalbec hit a tough groundout to 3rd towards a drawn-in infield and Bogaerts needed to return to the bag. Romano bought Jackie Bradley Jr. on a broken-bat groundout to first.
“Obviously, it wasn’t a no-hitter, a perfect game or anything like that, but still trying to just go as deep as I can,” mentioned Gausman, whose solely full sport was in 2014. “Whenever they come and get me, that’s when they’re going to get me.”
Tanner Houck (1-1) gave up two runs on three hits and a stroll, hanging out 4 in 5 innings. He will miss his subsequent scheduled begin, in Toronto on Tuesday, as a result of he’s not vaccinated for COVID-19 and unable to enter Canada.
“I knew from the beginning it was going to be not many runs because the other guy on the other side has good stuff too. So we knew it was going to be a close game,” Montoyo mentioned. “We needed a start like that. There was no room for error, and he gave it to us.”
Bogaerts had three hits for the Red Sox, who’ve scored a complete of eight runs of their final 4 video games, dropping three.
Toronto took a 2-0 lead within the third inning on Bo Bichette’s RBI single and Vladimir Guerrero’s sacrifice fly. The Blue Jays’ third run scored within the sixth on a Matt Chapman popup that went 100 toes within the air and landed about 10 toes in entrance of house plate.
Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez went out to subject it however bought circled. Ryan Brasier stood by, as a result of he’s a pitcher and isn’t anticipated to subject popups. First baseman Travis Shaw charged in however was too late.
The ball dropped, and with Vazquez away from the plate, Guerrero scored with out a throw to make it 3-0. Chapman was credited with an infield single.
Blue Jays: OF George Springer, who was hit by a pitch on the suitable forearm on Wednesday night time, was not within the beginning lineup. He entered the sport as a pinch-hitter within the sixth and struck out, then remained in proper subject.
Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora examined optimistic for COVID-19 within the morning and didn’t handle the collection finale. He is not going to journey with the workforce to St. Petersburg, Florida, for the weekend collection towards the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox mentioned Cora, who’s vaccinated and boosted, was affected by gentle signs. Bench coach Will Venable took Cora’s place within the dugout…. DH J.D. Martinez got here out of Wednesday’s sport in with left thigh tightness and didn’t play.
Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (0-0) faces Houston RHP Justin Verlander (1-1).
Red Sox: RHP Michael Wacha (0-0) opens a three-game collection towards Tampa Bay RHP Corey Kluber (0-0).
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