DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven masterful innings, light-hitting Danny Jansen played a key offensive role and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0 on Tuesday night.
Ryu (4-2) scattered four hits and struck out seven. Travis Bergen, Tyler Chatwood and Rafael Dolis completed the five-hitter.
“It was vintage Ryu,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “For him to go seven innings against that lineup, that’s a pretty good lineup.”
Ryu was coming off a win in Atlanta last Wednesday when the lefty gave up one run over seven innings,
“I feel really good right now, physically,” Ryu said through a translator.
Jansen had a second-inning RBI single and drew a pivotal walk during a three-run fourth as Toronto won for the ninth time in 12 games and improved to a season-high six games over .500. Jansen had two hits in three at-bats and raised his batting average to .143.
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (5-2) gave up five runs and 11 hits in five innings. The lefty has gone five or more innings in 36 consecutive starts dating to May 4, 2019, the longest active streak in the majors.
“Command is not where he usually is and that’s something he needs, regardless of his stuff,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “I think the cutter actually is bigger than usual. We’ll try to find out why. There’s been a lot of contact. Teams are doing a good job of staying with him and going the other way. We’ll go back to the drawing board and see what we can do.”
The Blue Jays are 10-5 this season at TD Ballpark, their spring training facility. Toronto entered averaging an AL-best 6.14 runs in home games.
Toronto is playing its third and final homestand in Dunedin before relocating to Buffalo, New York, next month. COVID-19 restrictions are keeping the Blue Jays from playing…
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