Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launches first career home run in Toronto

Ross Atkins

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launches first career home run in Toronto

He was 2 for 5 with a double, two runs, two RBIs, and a strikeout in Thursday's day game, helping the Red Sox take three out of four from Toronto. "I'm excited and proud of what I did".

Cora, whose team won a 13-inning game Wednesday and has a weekend series with AL West leaders Houston looming, was happy to give his overworked bullpen a breather. That includes you, Alex Cora. Weber left that game after 3 2/3 innings because of a nerve problem in his arm.

"I've worked my whole life to do this one thing and to get this opportunity, I'm not going to take that for granted", he said. Of note, the pride of Port Hope, Ont., Cal Quantrill (son of big leaguer Paul), is expected to get the start for the Padres on Saturday.

- It was a quiet matinee for Vlad Guerrero Jr., who was 0-for-4 at the plate, dipping his batting average to.241.

Weber allowed one earned run and three hits.

Richard hit Andrew Benintendi with a pitch in the fourth inning and Weber tagged Tellez in the bottom half on an 0-2 pitch that appeared to get away. He was acquired from San Diego last December but started the season on the IL due to a right knee injury.

"He's in a good place", Cora said of Pearce, who has six hits in his past four games after collecting seven hits in his first 20 games.

"Just missing location and throwing the wrong pitch at the wrong time, that's what I think", Rodríguez said. "I've put in a lot of work this season and I'm glad to finally start seeing the results". Devers scored when Pearce hit a long single off the wall. Tellez now has nine homers on the season and Betts is up to eight. In the ninth, Devers hit a grounder to short that deflected off Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Feierabend. Toronto is 6-15 in May.

It wasn't a flawless night for Sanchez, who struggled in the third inning, giving up two-out RBI singles to Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts.

Travis Lakins replaced Weber and pitched around a leadoff double in the seventh.

Out of desperation and coming off an off-season injury that was further aggravated during spring training, 35-year-old Clayton Richard made his Jays debut on Thursday and acquitted himself rather well.

"That's the first balk call I've seen this year", Montoyo said.

"Clearly, mechanically there were some issues. I didn't command the ball as well as I would like to".

Three members of the lineup who have struggled this year performed well, as Steve Pearce, Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley Jr. were the only Sox starters with multi-hit games.

On merit, then, he doesn't belong here but he gets a roster spot because the Blue Jays are intrigued by his upside long-term (if he lasts all season, they can option him to the minors and let him develop).

The Boston Red Sox look for a win after splitting their last eight games.

The Toronto Blue Jays continue to fall apart, and losing a 13-inning game and having a quick turnaround doesn't help matters. Toronto claimed left-hander Zac Rosscup off waivers from Seattle and designated right-hander Jimmy Cordero for assignment. The over is 7-3 in Red Sox last 10 overall. The action gets underway Friday night at 8:10 p.m. LHP Wade Miley (4-2, 3.51) starts for the Astros. Boston starter Rick Porcello retired the next three Blue Jays in order. The southpaw sported a negative -1.2 WAR rating in 2018 and is earning $3 million in the final year of his contract.

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