Pitcher, defense and Springer carry Blue Jays over Red Sox in extras

BOSTON — George Springer had three hits, including a 10th-inning double on Boston reliever Ryan Brasier’s first pitch that tagged auto-runner Jackie Bradley Jr. and lifted the Toronto Blue Jays to the Red Sox 3- 2 Wednesday evening.

“Honestly, I was just looking to get Jackie to third overall,” Springer said. “He’s a very good pitcher, so I was just looking to be aggressive.”

Bradley started 10th at second, the only time on a base in the game for the former Boston outfielder. He signed with Toronto on August 9, five days after being released by the Red Sox.

Adam Cimber (10-5) threw a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit. Jordan Romano worked a scoreless 10th inning, delivering an intentional walk to Rafael Devers before earning his 27th save.

Brasier (0-3) took the loss.

“We struggled offensively for a while, the swing-and-miss, the chase,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said, “It’s late August and it’s the same at bat. As a “As a group we have to be proud of that. We have to be better. Make sure we swing the shots and put the ball in play when it counts, and we haven’t done that in a while.

Franchy Cordero’s sixth homer, a two-run drive in the second against José Berrios, made it 2-0.

Berrios went six innings, allowing five hits and one walk with six strikeouts.

“The bullpen was outstanding and Berrios great,” Toronto interim manager John Schneider said. “You really can’t say enough about the work the bullpen did in some really tough spots…and Jordy really, really hung on at 10th. It was fun.”

In his first start since July 24, Red Sox rookie Brayan Bello allowed two runs in five innings and hit a career-high seven. The right-hander was activated from the injured list after missing 17 games with a sprained right groin.

Springer singled in the fourth and then scored on an Alejandro Kirk single.

The Blue Jays tied the next innings in singles action by Whit Merrifield, Springer and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Boston missed a few chances late in the game.

In the seventh, with two outs against reliever Yimi GarcÍa, the Red Sox loaded the bases when Bobby Dalbec walked, Reese McGuire scored a single, and Jarren Duran reached Guerrero’s error at first base. Rob Refsnyder flew to Bradley in the middle to end the threat.

Toronto southpaw Tim Mayza made his first appearance since Aug. 6 after being sidelined with a dislocated right shoulder, and the Red Sox placed runners second and third against him with a withdrawal.

Anthony Bass replaced Mayza and hit Kiké Hernández, intentionally walked Cordero and hit Dalbec.


Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was out of the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game with mid-back spasms. … LF Tommy Pham was out of the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game with lower back spasms. … After a difficult slide into first base in Tuesday’s game, INF/OF Christian Arroyo was out of the lineup with back and knee pain. … 2B Trevor Story, out since July 14 with a right hand contusion, had two at-bats and played second base in a rehab game with Double-A Portland. … RHP Tanner Houck, on the injured list since August 6 with lower back inflammation, started pitching on flat ground on Tuesday, the first step in his progression. … RHP Tyler Danish, who has been out since July 7 with a pulled right forearm, is set to resume a rehab assignment on Friday after being delayed by COVID-19.


The Blue Jays and Red Sox wrap up their series Thursday with RHP Kevin Gausman (9-9, 2.99 ERA) set to start in Toronto opposed by RHP Kutter Crawford (3-5, 5.14). Gausman has faced the Red Sox four times this season, going 3-0 (1.38). Crawford has faced the Blue Jays once in his career and suffered the loss earlier this season, allowing three runs in six innings.

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