Rowdy Tellez drove in four runs with two homers and a double, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 9-1 on Wednesday night.
Down to a three-man rotation, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo’s bid to go with what he called a “bullpen day” of relievers paid off in a game five Toronto pitchers combined to allow three hits, struck out seven and walked three.
Rookie right-hander Shun Yamaguchi (1-2) got the win in allowing one run on two hits over four innings of relief for Toronto, which bounced back a day after squandering a 4-0 lead in a 9-7 loss to Boston. He took over in the third after Jason Merryweather allowed one hit and struck out three in two innings work in his first major league start, and just third appearance.
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Mitch Moreland homered for the Red Sox (10-21), who are 4-3 in their past seven since snapping a nine-game skid. Colton Brewer (0-2) got the loss in allowing four runs on five hits, including three homers, in 3 2/3 innings.
Play continued while a steady rain began to fall during the third inning before finally letting up in the sixth.
Tellez broke open the game with Toronto leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
Tellez also homered to lead off the second inning, putting Toronto up 2-0. It was the fourth multi-homer game of his career, and second against Boston. He had three two-home run games last year.
Randal Grichuk also homered and drove in two runs for Toronto, which improved to 5-4 at its temporary home in Buffalo, New York.
Merryweather struck out the two batters he faced in a start coming nearly two years to the day the Blue Jays acquired him in a trade that sent Josh Donaldson to Cleveland.
The 28-year-old Merryweather has dealt with numerous setbacks since having Tommy John surgery in March 2018. He was limited to two rehab starts at the Single-A level last year, and entered the game having allowed one hit and no runs in 3 1/3 innings in two relief appearances.