After a , the Boston Red Sox wasted no time making it two-consecutive wins behind another strong outing from starting pitcher Doug Fister along with some solid offense to seal the 6-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
With the game tied at one in the fourth inning, the bats really came alive for Boston. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who had only one extra-base hit in his last 27 plate appearances, lined a triple to the corner in right to score first baseman Mitch Moreland all the way from first.
Third baseman Rafael Devers made it 3-1 with an RBI single before center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. sent a two-run home run to right to give Boston some insurance with a four-run lead.
The Sox took a 6-1 lead in the sixth that would end up being the final score.
Despite throwing 23 pitches in the first inning and giving up a pair of walk and two hits, Fister only gave up one run before he settled down and pitched seven innings, walking three and striking out nine. His ERA now sits at 3.91.
Fister is 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA since taking over David Price’s spot in the rotation, who is rehabbing an injured left elbow.
Price, who has been on the disabled list since July, is set to throw a two-inning simulated game on Saturday. This will be the first time the lefty faces batters since July 22nd.
After seven strong innings from Fister, relief pitchers Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes each pitched a 1-2-3 inning a night after the bullpen was taxed the night before.
With the win, the Sox (79-61) extend their first-place lead in the American League East to four games above the New York Yankees (74-64).
Game MVP: Eduardo Nunez – after going 2-for-3 on the night with two this and one run, he raised his average to .311, which is the highest on the team. He was aggressive on the base path all night with two stolen bases.
Fun fact: According to Evan Drellich of Comcast SportsNet New England, this is the fourth time in Fister’s career in which he has had a stretch of at least four games where he’s pitched at least seven innings giving up no more than two earned runs.
What’s on deck:
Boston will enjoy a day off from game action on Thursday before they welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Fenway Park for a three-game set. Drew Pomeranz (14-5, 3.36 ERA) will take the mound to oppose Chris Archer (9-8, 3.76 ERA).
Pomeranz is 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts against Tampa Bay this year. He is also coming off his first loss since June 11th.
Friday’s first pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m.