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Ray strong, Grichuk 3 RBIs, Jays top Bosox to open twinbill

Ray strong, Grichuk 3 RBIs, Jays top Bosox to open twinbill

Robbie Ray pitched six strong innings, Randal Grichuk homered and drove in three runs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 in the first game of a doubleheaderBy MAUREEN MULLEN Associated PressJuly 28, 2021, 10:14 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBOSTON — Robbie Ray pitched six strong innings, Randal Grichuk homered and drove in three runs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader.“I felt like my slider was really good, especially those last two innings,” Ray said. “I threw some really good changeups, too. So I think it was just a matter of mixing up my pitches more than I had in the earlier stages of the game.”George Springer also homered as the Blue Jays topped the AL East leaders a day after a rainout at Fenway Park forced the twinbill.Ray (9-5) gave up one run on five hits, striking out eight. Jordan Romano earned his eighth save with a perfect seventh inning.“They’re a good hitting team. There’s a reason they’re leading the AL East. They can hit the ball to all parts of the field,” Ray said. “It’s just a matter of bearing down and getting those outs, finding those outs when you can.”Grichuk’s 19th homer was a tiebreaking, two-run drive in the fourth off Garrett Richards (6-6) that landed in the first row of the bleachers in straightaway center field. Springer led off the fifth with his ninth homer.“With (Richards) throwing 94, 97, if you find a barrel, it’s going to go,” Grichuk said. “That wind was blowing, I didn’t know if it was going to get out. But, luckily, it snuck out.”Boston scored in the first when a single by Rafael Devers set up an RBI grounder by J.D. Martinez.“We had our chances to put them away. We did not,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora of scoring opportunities, including with bases loaded and no outs in the second inning.Bo Bichette walked in the second, stole second and later scored on Grichuk’s single back to the mound that Richards couldn’t contain.Richards went four innings, allowing four runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts. It was his first loss in five starts since June 23 at Tampa Bay.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: OF Corey Dickerson, out with a left foot contusion, began a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Buffalo, going 2 for 4 with a double, scoring a run and driving in one against Worcester. It’s not clear how many rehab games he will get before being activated. “We’ll see how he feels, how many at-bats he needs,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. … Toronto remains hopeful RHP Julian Merryweather can return this season after being out since April 14 with a left oblique strain, but that is uncertain. “Right now, he’s not close,” Montoyo said.Red Sox: RHP Hirokazu Sawamura, out since July 23 with right triceps inflammation, began a rehab assignment Wednesday. He threw a perfect inning with one strikeout against Buffalo. He is eligible to be activated Friday. … INF Marwin Gonzalez, out since July 13 with a right hamstring strain, could begin a rehab assignment this weekend. … INF Christian Arroyo, out since July 19 with a left hamstring strain, has not yet run and “is not close enough yet,” Cora said. … Cora is hopeful RHP Ryan Brasier “at some point during the season is going to contribute,” but there is nothing definite.UP NEXTBoston RHP Tanner Houck (0-2, 2.50 ERA) was scheduled to start the second game of the doubleheader, making his first career appearance against the Blue Jays. He will be opposed by Toronto LHP Steven Matz (8-5, 4.34), who will be making his third start of the season against the Red Sox, winning his only other start at Fenway Park.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Martinez, Renfroe lift Red Sox over Royals 6-2 amid delays

Martinez, Renfroe lift Red Sox over Royals 6-2 amid delays

BOSTON — J.D. Martinez and Hunter Renfroe homered, Martin Perez pitched two-run ball into the sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 Wednesday night in a game twice delayed by poor weather.First pitch was pushed back 41 minutes and umpires stopped play for 1 hour, 56 minutes in the middle of the sixth, but the teams managed to play nine innings.Perez (6-4) allowed two runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, striking out two.“Martin was outstanding. He did an outstanding job,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Tough conditions towards the end of his outing.”He allowed a homer to Salvador Pérez leading off the second. Pérez’s homer came during a 4-for-4 night.“That’s doing it in a big way. Four hits is hard to do,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said of Perez’s game. “He gave us a good jolt.”Mike Minor (6-6) gave up five runs on seven hits over five innings.Martinez hit a three-run homer in the third, his 16th of the season, for a 3-1 lead. Renfroe added a solo shot in the eighth.Xander Bogaerts and Marwin Gonzalez each had two hits for Boston.Royals right-hander Richard Lovelady was struck by Martinez’s line-drive comebacker in the seventh and left the game. He pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings in his season debut.“Fortunately, it missed all of the ribs,” Matheny said. “Doctors already checked him out and believe that everything checked out well internally.”TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: LHP Chris Sale (Tommy John surgery) threw live batting practice at Fenway Park. He is expected to go to the team’s spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida, next week and throw another live BP, likely two innings, before potentially starting a minor league rehab assignment. … RHP Tanner Houck (flexor strain) started for Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday, going four innings, throwing 67 pitches. … 1B Bobby Dalbec was out of the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game with right hamstring tightness. He was better, manager Alex Cora said, but not 100%. … INF Christian Arroyo (right knee contusion) is expected to start a rehab assignment with Worcester on Thursday, serving as the DH.Royals: Although there is no timetable yet for the return of C Cam Gallagher (right shoulder impingement syndrome), manager Mike Matheny said Gallagher threw “a little bit more” on Tuesday. … INF Emmanuel Rivera, who made his major league debut on Monday, suffered a left hamate fracture during Tuesday’s game at Boston. He was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday. … INF Nicky Lopez was not in the starting lineup Wednesday, but it was not related to the foul ball he hit off his foot on Tuesday.UP NEXTRHP Nathan Eovaldi (8-4, 3.67 ERA) is expected to start the series finale for Boston, opposed by Kansas City’s LHP Kris Bubic (2-3, 4.47 ERA).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports