By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Red Sox went up to Toronto to face their rivals the Blue Jays on Tuesday night and hung on for an 8-7 victory. It was the fourth win in a row for the Sox and it pushed them to 9-5 on the young season. The Blue Jays on the other hand, continued to struggle mightily as they dropped to 2-11 on the year.
The Sox offense was led by two of their hottest hitters, Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland. Betts went 3-for-5 at the plate with a homerun and two RBI. Moreland continued to see the ball well as he went 3-for-5 with his major league leading 10th double and three RBI. Andrew Benintendi, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval also drove in runs for the Sox.
Making his second major league start and getting his first win was 26-year-old Brian Johnson. Johnson was once considered a top prospect but has had quite a few setbacks and gone through a lot of adversity to this point in his career. At 26, he’s still considered a valuable piece and he showed why by turning in a quality spot start for the team.
Johnson pitched five innings while giving up seven hits and four runs. He also struck out six and walked three. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but he got the job done and handed the game over to the bullpen. Heath Hembree and Fernando Abad both pitched well before Matt Barnes almost coughed up the lead, but the Sox pulled it out.
The two teams will square off again tonight as Rick Porcello faces Francisco Liriano of the Blue Jays. Porcello will be looking to get back on track after an uncharacteristically awful outing last Friday against the Rays. First pitch is at 7:07 p.m.