BOSTON — When the Blue Jays have tangled with the World Series champs this season, they have tended to score and score often.
In 14 games against the Red Sox thus far, the Jays have hit 25 homers and scored 88 total runs, including a double-digit output in a 10-4 win at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
“We’re swinging the bats good,” said Jays manager Charlie Montoyo. “If our pitching gives us a chance, we’re going to win more games. Our approach at the plate has been outstanding.”
And of late, somewhat prolific.
Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez did the biggest damage with a three-run shot in the second inning. It was Hernandez’s ninth homer of the season and at 441 feet, the longest of his career.
Add a solo shot from Justin Smoak to lead off the sixth inning and the Jays improved their season’s record against their AL East rival to 6-8. Smoak’s homer was his 15th of the season and his 300th RBI with the Jays.
While well out of the playoff race, the Jays have been encouraged by strong showings vs. the Sox and Yankees of late. Montoyo’s squad has averaged 6.29 per game vs. Boston as opposed to 3.99 against the rest of MLB.
Overall, the Jays have scored six or more runs in 11 of their past 16 games. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was another offensive star in the latest win, falling a home run shy of hitting for the cycle in a three-hit night.
The Jays have certainly showed they can score of late. They’ve now had 10 runs or more nine times this season, matching their total for all of 2018. On Tuesday, each member of the starting lineup recorded at least one hit as they banged out 14 on the night.
Meanwhile, the first career start for Jacob Waguespack was going well with a 4-1 lead and two out and nobody on in the fifth when things started to unravel. Three singles, a double and a walk later, the game was tied at 4-4 and the rookie righty’s night was done.
BO KNOWS BO
After continually getting passed by on the Buffalo to Toronto shuttle, Bo Bichette sounds pissed.
When asked by Sportsnet’s David Singh if he thinks he’s ready for the big leagues, the Jays top prospect pulled no punches.
“Yeah. I’ve done everything they asked me to do,” Bichette told Singh. “I’ve performed. I’ve put up numbers. I’ve gotten better offensively, defensively, base running, as an athlete, as a teammate.”
AROUND THE BASES
Closer Ken Giles wasn’t available again on Tuesday but after throwing on flat ground with no discomfort is expected to be an option for Montoyo on Wednesday.
Potential good news from Buffalo, where Ryan Borucki’s rehab from an arm injury appears to be almost done. The lefty starter went six innings for the Bisons, allowing five hits and three earned runs.
Expect another Bisons pitcher, Thomas Pannone, to get the spot start here Thursday in the series finale vs. the Sox.
The Edwin Jackson era as a Jays pitcher may have come to an end after the team designated the veteran for assignment on Tuesday.
Most interesting run of the night was Hernandez’s effort in the sixth. After reaching on a single, he advanced to third on an error from pitcher Josh Taylor on a pickoff attempt and then scored on a wild pitch.