Rafael Devers, Christian Vazquez stay hot as Red Sox top Blue Jays

Amin Touri
July 02, 2019 - 11:04 pm
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Bouncing back from a rough weekend against the Yankees in London, the Red Sox hung double-digit runs on the Blue Jays and racked up 15 hits in a 10-6 win in Toronto on Tuesday. (For a complete recap, click here.)

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Having been snubbed for the All-Star Game this week, Rafael Devers made his point with a spectacular day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with six RBIs and two homers in one of his finest performances of the season.

Christian Vazquez, one of the surprises of the season, also had a big day going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a homer of his own. Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. also posted multi-hit days for the Red Sox, who started hot and finished strong at the plate.

A two-run shot from Devers in the first inning started the onslaught, as Boston put up four runs in the first inning and seven runs in the opening three to give David Price plenty of breathing room. The big lefty picked up his sixth win of the season going six innings and giving up four hits and two runs while striking out seven.

Toronto starter Trevor Thornton was gone by the end of the third, having given up seven runs on 11 hits as Boston came back from London with a vengeance.

The Red Sox went quiet through the middle frames but poured it on late, with a Vazquez bomb in the seventh and Devers’ second two-run homer of the day in the eighth adding some insurance. The bullpen woes that have haunted Boston showed flashes of a recurrence, with Colten Brewer giving up a homer in the seventh and Trevor Kelley giving up three runs in the ninth, but the Boston bats did enough to make sure it didn’t matter.

Tuesday’s big night, the second four-hit game of Devers’ season and the second two-homer night of his career, pushed his batting average to .329, second in the American League, and his OPS to .926, top-five in the AL. The young third baseman has exploded at the plate this season, making huge leaps across the board in his best season as a big-leaguer.

A slash line of .240/.298/.433 in 2018 has jumped to .329/.378/.548 in 2019, as he continues to blossom into one of the best young infielders in the majors.

Vazquez, meanwhile, has made an arguably even more impressive leap, going from slashing .207/.257/.283 in 2018 to .289/.325/.482 this season, a far cry from the light-hitting catcher that split time with Sandy Leon last season. His seventh-inning shot on Tuesday was his 12th homer of the season, two more than he’d hit in his entire career coming into this year.

The two have been red-hot, and along with Jackie Bradley Jr. — who slashed .315/.419/.573 in the month of June and stayed hot Tuesday — have provided a much-needed boost to an offense that hasn’t quite gotten the best out of its stars.

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