Red Sox Wrap: Boston Has No Answer For Blue Jays Ace Alek Manoah

Red Sox lose their 11th series against AL East teams

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July 23

The Boston Red Sox followed up their historic defeat on Friday by displaying a sluggish offense in their fourth consecutive loss, 4-1, against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox fall to 48-47, while the Blue Jays improved to 52-43.

Check out the full box score here.

ONE BIG TAKEAWAY
American League All-Star pitcher Alek Manoah stole on the show.

Manoah made easy work of the Red Sox offense, which only managed to plate one run through six innings against the 24-year-old righty. Aside from Bobby Dalbec’s second-inning solo blast, Manoah was lights out, striking out seven Red Sox batters — tying the most collected in his career against Boston.

Blue Jays relievers, like Manoah, picked up right where their ace left off. Yimi Garcia, Adam Cimber, and Jordan Romano combined to toss four innings of scoreless relief without allowing a single hit.

Both teams combined to collect 14 base hits, following Friday in which they combined for 39.

STARS OF THE GAME
— Manoah entered Saturday’s game with a 3-2 record and 1.66 ERA against AL East teams in this season. That streak of dominance continued with Manoah earning his fourth victory against the division and his second against the Red Sox in four starts.

— Cavan Biggio (1-for-3) delivered Toronto’s biggest swing with his RBI double, 13th of the season, against Kutter Crawford.

— Dalbec had only two at-bats worth of experience against Manoah prior to Saturday (0-for-2, two strikeouts). He proceeded to finish 2-for-4 with his eighth homer of the season.

WAGER WATCH
Draftkings Sportsbook set the odds of a Dalbec home run at +500 heading into Saturday’s game. The 27-year-old cashed that ticket in the second inning, with a $100 bet paying out $600 total.

ON DECK AT NESN
The Red Sox and Blue Jays finish off their three-game set on Sunday with Boston looking to avoid a sweep. First pitch at Fenway Park is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET following an hour of pregame coverage on NESN.

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