Red Sox look to reverse fortunes with Jays as series begins

The Boston Red Sox, who have won three straight home series titles, look to the challenge of their American League East opponents.

After a six-game winning streak through Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays travel to Boston to begin a four-game series on Monday night.

“They’re good at what they do,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of the Blue Jays.

Toronto won 16 of their 19 head-to-head matches last season, including the final nine. On July 22 he also included a 28-for-5 rampage.

Boston’s offense has scored 15 runs in its last two games, including Sunday’s 7-1 win over the Cleveland Guardians, and totaled four runs in the previous two games.

On Sunday, Conor Wong and Alex Verdugo hit homers and had two hits. Jalen Duran, meanwhile, hit his ninth double in 13 games since his debut of the season on April 17.

Wong, who has been on base in nine of his last 19 games, said, “I mean, it gives me confidence that I don’t have to try to do too much at the plate. I can keep it simple and good things can happen.” sho,” he said. appearance of the plate.

Boston is 5-0 as the starters complete six frames after Chris Sale allowed three hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings on Sunday.

Corey Kluber (1-4, 6.75 ERA) is expected to continue that trend in Monday’s start after going 5-1 in 6 innings against Baltimore on Tuesday.

Kluber had lost seven consecutive decisions, dating back to September 10 last year before his last start. He has a 2-5 record and a 5.07 ERA in 11 career starts against Toronto, and he has lost his last five.

“This guy was there and did it,” Cora said of Kluber after his final start.

Despite leading 8-5 after seven innings in Toronto, the Blue Jays lost 10-8 to Seattle in the 10th inning on Sunday for their first trip to Boston of the season.

“It was just one of those days,” said Chris Basitt after allowing four runs in five innings. It’s baseball, you want everything to be perfect, but it’s a beautiful game.”

Jose Berrios (2-3, 4.71) will start Monday after a brilliant seven-inning start Tuesday against the White Sox. He had four hits, one walk, and allowed no runs, striking out nine.

Berrios have conceded just three goals in their last three matches after conceding eight and four goals respectively in their first two games.

Berrios made three starts against the Red Sox last season, each spanning at least six innings and allowing no more than two runs.

Toronto manager John Schneider said of Berrios, “He’s a capable man now. He’s just been executed.” “I think he’s in a really good mood heading into spring training because of the work he’s done in the offseason. It was only a matter of time before he got back on track.”

Toronto third baseman Matt Chapman leads the AL in batting average (.384) and leads both leagues in slugging percentage with 20.

Beau Bichette also hit six home runs on the season and had 10 multi-hit games.

Despite Sunday’s loss, Toronto outscored the Chicago White Sox and Mariners, 32-14, in a six-game homestand.

–Field level media

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