DUNEDIN, Fla. – The Toronto Blue Jays conceded five runs in the first inning and lost 7-3 to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
Early in the game, Enrique Hernandez hit a single, then Alex Verdugo gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead with a home run to right field.
The Blue Jays starter Ross Stripling was not at the end of his troubles, as JD Martinez in his turn hit a homerun, immediately after that of Verdugo.
Before the end of the first set, the Red Sox managed to widen their lead to 5-0.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reduced the lead to 5-1 late in the first with a double, but Enrique Hernandez restored the Red Sox to a five-point lead early in the second on another homerun.
Stripling (0-3) ultimately conceded six runs on eight hits in three and two-thirds innings.
The Blue Jays added two runs in the seventh inning, thanks to a Marcus Semien homer in left field against Garrett Whitlock.
Christian Vasquez had a long solo ball in the eighth inning to make it 7-3.
The Blue Jays lost for just the second time in their last eight games. They had won the first game of the series 8-0 on Tuesday night. The three-game series will end Thursday night in Florida.
Garrett Richards (4-2) won a fourth straight decision for the Red Sox. He allowed two runs, seven hits and four walks in six and two-thirds innings.
He had five strikeouts.