Ryan Weber pitched six strong innings, Steve Pearce had a home run and three RBIs in a three-hit game, and the visiting Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Thursday afternoon.
Weber (1-0), starting for the first time this season after three relief appearances since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 6, allowed three hits and one run and had four strikeouts.
Justin Smoak homered for the Blue Jays.
The Red Sox took the four-game series, 3-1.
Blue Jays starter Clayton Richard made his first appearance of the season after being on the injured list with a right knee stress reaction. The left-hander allowed two hits, two walks and one run while striking out two in four innings.
Sam Gaviglio (3-1), who allowed two runs in the sixth, took the loss.
The Blue Jays scored once in the second. Rowdy Tellez extended his hit streak to eight games with a leadoff double. Brandon Drury singled and Freddy Galvis hit an RBI double.
The Red Sox answered with a third-inning run. Eduardo Nunez led off with a single, took second on a balk, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a groundout to third by Michael Chavis.
Gaviglio replaced Richard in and pitched a perfect fifth inning but allowed two runs in the sixth. Xander Bogaerts led off with an infield single to third. Rafael Devers hit an RBI double and scored on a single by Pearce.
In the seventh, Elvis Luciano allowed a double to Jackie Bradley Jr., a single to Chavis and an RBI double to Mookie Betts.
Travis Lakins replaced Weber and pitched around a leadoff double in the seventh.
Andrew Benintendi led off the eighth with a single, took second on a wild pitch and stole third before scoring on a single by Nunez. Ryan Feierabend replaced Luciano and ended the inning with two strikeouts.
Boston’s Ryan Brasier pitched a perfect eighth.
Feierabend allowed an RBI single to Devers and a two-run homer to Pearce, his first of the season, in the ninth.
Hector Velazquez gave up Smoak’s eighth homer of the season in the bottom of the ninth.
–Field Level Media