Red Sox Wrap: Walk-Off Homer Gives Blue Jays Game 1 Edge

Toronto takes it, 1-0


August 7, 2021

A doubleheader was guaranteed, but the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t want to see extras, too.

In the bottom of the seventh, Marcus Semien hit a walk-off home run off closer Matt Barnes to give the Boston Red Sox their third-straight loss, 1-0.

Hits weren’t easy to come by on either side with the Red Sox finally recording a single in the top of the fifth, but stranding two runners in a rare, golden opportunity in the sixth.

Nick Pivetta did all you could ask, going six full innings in a no decision, but Boston fell to 64-48 with the loss while Toronto improved to 59-49.

Here’s how it all went down at Rogers Centre:

Somebody score.

Obviously, you would have preferred it to be the Red Sox, but hopefully the bats wake up in Game 2.

— Nick Pivetta gave Boston exactly what it needed: a scoreless six innings to conserve the bullpen.

He struck out five and gave up just one hit and a walk, throwing 49 of 76 pitches for strikes.

— Barnes came in to close out the game, and instead picked up the loss. Semien took the first pitch Barnes threw, a 95-mph fastball, yard to left field.

— Kevin Plawecki got the first hit of the game for either side in the top of the fifth inning.

— Bobby Dalbec reached on a walk to start the sixth and Jonathan Araúz advanced him with a single. Alex Verdugo grounded into a fielder’s choice, and appeared to miss the bag to instigate a Blue Jays challenge. After the Red Sox seemingly were given a gift when nothing was overturned, they stranded the two runners on.

— In addition to Dalbec, Kiké Hernández also recorded a walk.

Silver linings courtesy of Pivetta.

No rest for the wicked. Game 2 between Toronto and Boston gets going later on Saturday at 7:07 p.m. ET, with live coverage on NESN.

Thumbnail photo via Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports Images
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