Xander Bogaerts hits walk-off grand slam to propel the Red Sox to win over Blue Jays
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The Boston Red Sox walked off the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th inning of the game for a 6-2 victory. With the win, Boston advances to 67-30 on the season while Toronto falls to 43-51 with the loss. Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound for the Red Sox and Sam Gaviglio did so for the Blue Jays. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
Xander Bogaerts was the man of the hour in the New England area, with an epic grand slam to deep center field to walk the game off for the Red Sox. With one out and bases loaded, Bogey’s big slam came off a 2-0 middle of the plate fastball from Chris Rowley. It was his third grand salami of the season and the Sox’ ninth as a team. Further, it represented the first walk-off grand slam hit for the team since the year 2000.
The Red Sox led the game from the 4th inning to the 7th inning, with J.D. Martinez hitting a solo-homer in the 4th for his league-leading 29th blast. Joe Kelly surrendered two runs in the top 7th to the Jays, ballooning his ERA to 4.31, and forfeiting his team’s lead.
That concluded the scoring pre-Bogaerts walk-off slam, but Eduardo Rodriguez’s situation is also worth mentioning. He pitched a spectacular 5 and 1/3 innings, allowing zero earned runs while striking out five and walking none. He was cruising, with just 67 pitches thrown, when he injured himself with an apparent ankle injury as he tried to cover first for the out.
According to Mass Live’s Christopher Smith, E-Rod had X-rays on the ankle and they came back negative.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. eastern. It will be the fourth game of the series, which the Red Sox have taken two of three from so far. Brian Johnson, who just had a brief trip on the disabled list, will make the start for the Sox and Marcus Stroman will do so for the Blue Jays.