Chavis homers in 13th as Jays fall
Sometimes positives can be taken from even the most disappointing of results, and for a rebuilding Toronto Blue Jays squad that fought hard on Wednesday before finally dropping a 6-5 decision to the Boston Red Sox in 13 innings. They will have undoubtedly taken a lot of positives from their ability to fight against the best in the MLB.
Twice down to their final out, the Blue Jays clawed back to tie the game during the ninth innings. And once again in the 12th. However, a solo shot from Boston’s Michael Chavis was the difference in a loss that had Toronto players holding their heads high.
“I think we’re a pretty confident team,” said Toronto catcher Danny Jansen. “I think we’ve just been battling to the last out the whole year. So I don’t think we’re ever out of it.
“We love that mentality and we’re going to keep doing it.”
Jansen came on as a pinch-hitter during the ninth and delivered a two-out single to bring Brandon Drury from the third base. Meanwhile, the Jays had a great chance to win during the 10th after loading the bases. But Marcus Walden got Drury to fly out to deep left field to keep the game tied.
Mookie Betts gave the Red Sox the lead again during the 12th; with a solo shot. But Rowdy Tellez answered with a solo homer of his own in the bottom half of the frame.
“We’ve been battling the whole season until the last out,” Jansen said. “A lot of big hits. It just kept going, kept ping-ponging and that’s baseball.”
Meanwhile, it will be a short turnaround for both teams as the four-game series wraps up on Thursday with an early afternoon game.
Chavis turned on a 1-2 pitch from Jimmy Cordero for his 10th homer of the year.
“Thank goodness,” Chavis said. “I know it was getting late and I knew we had an early bus tomorrow for this day game. I got a lot of thank yous.”
“It was a really good game,” said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo. “I’m proud of my guys for the game we played today against one of the best teams in baseball.”
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays have just six victories in their last 21 games.
Tellez, coming off a two-homer, five-RBI effort a night earlier, nearly went deep in the second inning but the ball hit the top of the wall and he was held to a long single. Boston starter Rick Porcello retired the next three Blue Jays in order.
Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez was uneven at times and didn’t help his cause in the third inning. He hit Jackie Bradley Jr., with a pitch, picked up two quick outs, uncorked a wild pitch and then walked Betts to put runners on the corners.
The Blue Jays got a run back in the fourth when Guerrero blasted a solo shot that hit the facing of the 200 level. His fifth homer of the season had an impressive exit velocity of 109.9 miles per hour.
Guerrero has ramped up his play after a slow start to the season. He posted a .146 average in his first 11 games but has a .368 mark over his last 10 games.
Porcello set down the next eight Blue Jays in order before Guerrero flared a single. The rookie slugger rolled his ankle as he started running to first base but stayed in the game. He should be fully fit for the last game of the series on Thursday.