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Major League Baseball
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Boston at Toronto
When: 7:07 PM ET, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

After Boston rolled to a 10-run victory in the series opener at Toronto, the Red Sox improved to 14-5 while the Blue Jays fell to 5-14 over their past 19 games. Toronto exacted a bit of revenge with a 10-3 drubbing on Tuesday and will look to post back-to-back victories for the first time in nearly a month in the third of a four-game set versus visiting Boston on Wednesday night.

Rowdy Tellez did the bulk of the damage, ending a 14-game homerless drought with a pair of blasts and five RBIs to extend his hitting streak to six games. Randal Grichuk also homered and Brandon Drury had a pair of hits and three RBIs as the Blue Jays won for only the second time in their last eight home games. The Red Sox clubbed three homers in Tuesday's loss to give them seven for the series but they were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base. Jackie Bradley Jr., who arrived in Toronto batting .144, and Rafael Devers have each gone deep in back-to-back contests for Boston.

TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), Sportsnet One (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox RH Rick Porcello (3-4, 4.80 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Aaron Sanchez (3-4, 3.88)

Porcello watched a stellar effort turn into a loss last time out against Houston when he served up a two-run homer in the eighth inning to end his five-start unbeaten streak. Since he was battered for 19 runs in losing his first three starts of the year, he has shaved more than six runs off his ERA while permitting three runs or fewer in five of his six outings. Porcello was 1-2 with an ugly 9.15 ERA in four starts against the Blue Jays last year and must be wary of Justin Smoak, who has five homers in 40 at-bats against him.

Sanchez has been bothered by blisters throughout his career and the issue resurfaced in his last outing, when he settled for a no-decision after giving up two runs and three hits in three-plus innings at the Chicago White Sox. He lost each of his previous three starts, giving up a combined 13 runs and four homers, although he struck out a season-high 11 versus Chicago on May 12. Sanchez is winless in his last six starts versus Boston since the start of 2017 after giving up four runs in five innings on April 11.

WALK-OFFS

1. Red Sox 1B/DH Mitch Moreland swatted his team-high 13th homer and is 10 shy of matching his career best.

2. The Blue Jays placed RH Ryan Tepera (elbow) on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.

3. Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez missed his second straight game due to a reported illness.

PREDICTION: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Boston 25-23 L1 13-10 12-13 9-9 5-3 9-8 2-3
Toronto 20-28 W1 9-14 11-14 4-6 8-14 7-5 1-3
Last Meeting
Boston Toronto
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/21/19 BOS 3 TOR 10 .219 3 .875 .324 3 1.043
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Boston R. Devers .562 9 1.611
Toronto F. Galvis .500 7 1.374
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Boston M. Moreland 3 6 4
Toronto R. Tellez 3 3 7
Pitching ERA Avg K
Boston 5.91 .277 39
Toronto 5.35 .244 32
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Boston R. Devers .320 57 .862
Toronto F. Galvis .266 45 .735
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Boston M. Moreland 13 25 32
Toronto R. Grichuk 8 24 19
Pitching ERA Avg K
Boston 4.39 .257 479
Toronto 3.98 .220 406