TORONTO -- Chris Sale struck out 13 over eight shutout innings, but was denied a victory when the Blue Jays tied the game in the ninth against Craig Kimbrel. However, the Red Sox weren't denied, as Mookie Betts hit a two-out, three-run double in the 10th and the Sox beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday.
At 3-12, Toronto is off to the worst start in team history and has lost its first five series for the first time.
Sandy Leon drew a one-out walk from Jason Grilli (0-2) in the 10th, and Brock Holt singled to stop an 0-for-12 slide. Andrew Benintendi walked with two outs, and Betts cleared the bases when he pulled a 2-and-0 fastball down the left-field line.
The game had been scoreless until the ninth, but Boston broke through when Mitch Moreland hit a two-out double off Roberto Osuna and scored on Xander Bogaerts' single. Kimbrel blew the save when the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the ninth, Kendrys Morales, homered to tie the game. It was the eighth time Morales has tied a game or given his team a lead with a homer from the ninth inning on.
Kimbrel (1-0) retired the next six batters he faced and struck out the final five, giving Red Sox pitchers 18 strikeouts for the game.