The Boston Red Sox got their championship rings at their home opener Tuesday, but right now they don’t resemble the team that hoisted the trophy last year.
Chris Sale let a Toronto runner steal home, Mookie Betts fanned with two on for the final out and the Red Sox (3-9) stumbled again, losing to the Blue Jays 7-5.
“We’re not playing very well right now as a team, and it’s showing,” outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. said. “It’s early and these games still count. We have to get better and get better faster.”
Boston’s Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-4 in his first major league game since May.
The game also made history: It was the first big-league matchup of managers born in Puerto Rico, with Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo topping Boston’s Alex Cora.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. stole home and had an RBI single as Toronto ended a four-game skid. Freddy Galvis drove in two runs to back Matt Shoemaker (3-0), who allowed two earned runs in 5 ⅔ innings.
Sale (0-3) did not seem comfortable and surrendered five runs and seven hits before being pulled after four innings. His velocity has been down this season, — his fastball averaged 91.8 mph in this outing — and he has a 9.00 ERA after three starts.
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“I’m struggling and I don’t know if I’ve really pitched like this in my life,” Sale said. “It’s a tough spot to be in. But I’ve got guys up here fighting and I’ve got to keep fighting.”
Angels 11, Brewers 8: Host Los Angeles blew a six-run first-inning lead, then came back to tie and take the lead on a run-scoring single and bases-loaded walk from former A’s catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Angels center fielder Mike Trout was lifted because of a right groin strain and is day to day.
Reds 14, Marlins 0: Host Cincinnati hit five home runs, including back-to-back-to-back shots from Matt Kemp, Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler, and the Reds routed Miami to end their eight-game losing streak.
Braves 7, Rockies 1: Dansby Swanson and Ronald Acuña Jr. homered, leading Max Fried and visiting Atlanta past Colorado.
Twins 14, Mets 8: Jacob deGrom’s record-tying streak of quality starts ended at 26 when he allowed two home runs to Mitch Garver and one to Eddie Rosario in a drubbing by visiting Minnesota. It was the worst outing in two years for the Mets’ right-hander.
Nationals 10, Phillies 6: Juan Soto hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning, and visiting Washington rallied from five runs down to beat Philadelphia.
Indians 8, Tigers 2: Corey Kluber earned his first win of the season in his third start, powered by four home runs that sent Cleveland over host Detroit. The Indians won their fifth straight game. Detroit had won five in a row.
D’backs 5, Rangers 4: Pinch-hitter Jarrod Dyson connected for a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning to give host Arizona the victory over Texas. Arizona rallied from a 4-0 deficit after two innings for its third win in four games.
Rays 10, White Sox 5: Austin Meadows homered and set a career high with four hits, Avisail Garcia connected against his former team and visiting Tampa Bay beat Chicago.
Cardinals 4, Dodgers 0: Yadier Molina drove in three runs, Paul Goldschmidt homered and host St. Louis beat Los Angeles.
Astros 6, Yankees 3: Jose Altuve hit his 100th career homer, and George Springer’s two-run double in the eighth helped host Houston to its third straight comeback win.
Mariners 6, Royals 3: High-scoring Seattle beat host Kansas City to extend baseball’s best record to 11-2.Dee Gordon got three hits and drove in two runs for the Mariners.
Briefly: The Dodgers placed left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 10-day injured list with a strained left groin. … Chicago Cubs lefty Jon Lester will likely miss one or two starts because of a left hamstring injury. … The Yankees’ Luis Severino has a Grade 2 lat strain and will stop throwing for six weeks. … Indians starter Mike Clevinger will miss at least six weeks with a back muscle injury.
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