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After Practically Securing Win, Sox Drop Fourth Straight

April 26

Gausman pitches for Toronto opposite Pivetta. A runner is at second with one out in the bottom of the third after Katoh’s first career stolen base, and a walk puts two on before the Jays execute a double steal to move both into scoring position and eliminate the double play possibility. The Sox challenge the play at second and win said challenge, so there is a man at third with two out for Springer, who singles to the gap in left to make it 1-0. This means that the challenge was an instrumental one. A strikeout ends the inning. A runner is at third with one out in the top of the fourth after a Bogaerts stolen base and a throwing error that moves him down to third. It wasn’t pretty, but the Sox will take it, given their recent struggles! Bogaerts scores on a sacrifice fly to tie it at 1-1. The first two batters reach in the bottom of the inning. Guerrero scores with two out on a single to center by Espinal to get the lead back at 2-1. A strikeout ends the inning.

The Sox start the top of the eighth with back-to-back hits, followed by a Story double to left to plate Devers and tie it at 2-2. Vázquez scores on Verdugo’s sacrifice fly to put Boston ahead for the first time at 3-2. Bogaerts’ double to left makes it 4-2 and forces a pitching change. He moves to third on a groundout and scores on a Hernández infield single to make it 5-2. In this inning alone, the Sox have exceeded their hit total from the other seven innings! Hernández is caught stealing to end the inning. Tapia leads off the bottom of the ninth with a double to the left-field corner and scores on Espinal’s double to right to make it 5-3. Springer hits a game-tying homer to center with two out to make it 5-5. It’s his fourth of the year. Diekman is pulled after the blown save. This forces a tenth inning, where the Jays load the bases with one out for Tapia, whose sacrifice fly scores Bichette to end it. There is absolutely no excuse for having a 5-2 lead and blowing it like this. 6-5 F/10