FINAL SCORE: Boston Red Sox 9, Toronto Blue Jays 7
IN BRIEF: It's been a rough season for the Red Sox, but they deserve a lot of credit for Tuesday night's win over the Blue Jays in Buffalo.
The Sox fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, but got within 4-3 after scoring a run in the second inning and two more in the third frame. The Blue Jays increased their lead to 6-3 in the fourth inning, and once against the Sox battled back. Boston scored six runs in the sixth inning to take a 9-6 lead and the bullpen held on for a 9-7 victory.
Kyle Hart started for Boston and gave up eight hits and six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched. The Red Sox bullpen stepped up, though, and allowed only one earned run the rest of the way. Matt Barnes picked up the save in the ninth inning despite giving up two hits, including a solo homer. Alex Verdugo, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. all tallied two or more hits for the Red Sox. Kevin Pillar and J.D. Martinez were the only Sox players without a hit.
Red Sox Record: 10-20
Lourdes Gourriel Jr. came up clutch with the bases loaded in the first inning. He smashed a two-run double to right field to get Toronto on the board with a 2-0 lead.
Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen, who was batting .138 on the season entering Tuesday, doubled Toronto's lead with a two-run single in the first inning.
Rafael Devers cleared the bases with a 3-RBI triple in the sixth inning to give the Red Sox their first lead at 8-6.
A strikeout from Matt Barnes to end the game for the Sox.
UP NEXT The Red Sox have two more games versus the Blue Jays before a weekend series against the defending champion Washington Nationals.
Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Blue Jays, 6:37 p.m. ET Thursday, Aug. 27 at Blue Jays, 6:37 p.m. ET