Red Sox Wrap: Garrett Richards, Offense Leads Boston Past Blue Jays

A five-run first inning helped Boston snap a two-game losing skid


The Red Sox granted starting pitcher Garrett Richards some early run support and it ultimately proved enough as Boston earned a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Boston.

The Red Sox compiled 13 hits as a team with four batters — Kiké Hernández, Alex Verdugo, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers — recording multiple hits.

With the win, the Red Sox improve to 26-18 while the Blue Jays fell to 23-18.

Here’s how it went down:

Fast start.

Boston’s offense got off to a hot start and it ultimately was more than enough to earn the win.

— Garrett Richards faced some early trouble before bouncing back in a big way.

Richards started off the game by allowing a lead-off walk, two straight doubles and another walk. Richards would turn it around, though, before he was pulled after going 6 2/3 innings.

Richards allowed a one-out walk in the second before a double play got him out of it. He allowed a lead-off double in the third before recording three straight outs. So while Richards never retired the side in order, he benefitted from plenty of defense en route to a good start.

Richards finished the game allowing two runs on seven hits. He threw 99 pitches (64 strikes) and struck out five while walking four.

— Garrett Whitlock came on for the final out of the seventh but allowed a two-run homer to the first batter he faced. It gave Richards his second run allowed (after a two-out single) and cut Boston’s lead to 6-3 after seven full frames.

— Adam Ottavino took over in the eighth and didn’t allow a runner to reach scoring position.

— Josh Taylor picked up the save in the ninth after allowing just one walk.

— The Red Sox got the bats going early en route to five runs on six hits in the first.

Verdugo and J.D. Martinez went back-to-back in the top half as Boston had each of its first five batters record hits. Verdugo, No. 2 in the order, belted a two-run homer to score Hernández, who led off the game with a single. Martinez then recorded his 11th homer of the season as the very next batter.

Later in the first, Bogaerts, the No. 4 batter, ripped a single and eventually scored on a Christian Vázquez fielder’s choice. Devers, batting No. 5 in the order, belted a double to left field before scoring on a two-out double by Bobby Dalbec.

— Hernández led off the second inning with a homer to left field, which measured 391 feet, to give Boston a 6-1 lead. It was his fifth blast of the season.

— Vázquez hit Boston’s fourth home run of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. It provided some extra insurance and gave the Red Sox a 7-3 lead.

— Hernández finished with three hits and was a triple short of the cycle.

— Verdugo, Bogaerts and Devers each recorded two hits. Boston finished with 13 hits as a team.

There were a lot of hard-hit baseballs in the first inning, and then Franchy Cordero recorded the hardest-hit ball of the Red Sox season on a sixth-inning double.

The Red Sox will face the Blue Jays in the third and final game of the series Thursday with first pitch set for 7:37 p.m. ET. You can watch it on NESN.

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