Teoscar Hernandez long ball leads Blue Jays past Red Sox in extra innings

Teoscar Hernandez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the 10th inning after breaking up Boston’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied past the Red Sox 6-2 on Thursday night.

Toronto opened the five-game series at Fenway Park with its seventh win in 10 games. Boston has lost four straight and seven of 10.

Hernandez launched an 0-1 changeup reliever Phillips Valdez into the Boston bullpen in right field. With Derek Fisher on second base to open the 10th, Valdez (1-1) walked leadoff hitter Cavan Biggio and Randal Grichuk grounded out, bringing up Hernandez.

“I feel pretty good [at the plate] right now,” Hernandez said. “I’m trying to not think about the way they’re gonna pitch me. Just to look for a pitch, stay with my plan, and try to put a good swing on good pitches.”

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added a two-out solo homer to cap Toronto’s four-run 10th.

Hernandez singled off the left field wall against Boston starter Martin Perez for Toronto’s first hit. The left-handed Perez entered the seventh at 77 pitches with a 2-0 lead, but was chased after allowing three hits and a two-out, RBI single by Joe Panik.

“I was focused,” Perez said. “I [didn’t] really think that I was throwing [a] no-hitter. Just trying to go pitch by pitch and one hitter at a time.”

Blue Jays reliever Rafael Dolis (2-1) struck out three in 1 1/3 innings to earn the win.

Jackie Bradley Jr. had a solo home run and two RBIs and J.D. Martinez had three hits for the Red Sox.

Taijuan Walker allowed two runs on six hits and stuck out four over 5 2/3 innings in his second start for the Blue Jays. He pitched six scoreless innings in a 5-0 win against Baltimore in his Toronto debut last Saturday after being acquired in a trade with Seattle.

“My stuff wasn’t the sharpest today, but I still feel like I did a good job of going out there and battling,” Walker said. “Hopefully next time out, I go a little deeper in the game — try to get seven, eight innings next time.”

Biggio doubled to lead off the eighth and moved to third on Ryan Brasier’s balk. With Hernandez at the plate, Brasier threw a pitch in the dirt that rolled to the backstop and allowed Biggio to score easily.

Bradley homered for the fourth time this season to give Boston a 1-0 lead in the second. He drove in a second run by working a bases-loaded walk against Anthony Kay with two outs in the sixth.

“We need to win these games when we have that good of a start,” Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said. “It’s tough to lose these — when you’re not winning many games, and then you have a chance to win it, you want to win those games.”





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