Pearce (HR, RBI single) leads Blue Jays over Red Sox 4-3

BOSTON (AP) Blue Jays reliever Ryan Tepera couldn't believe his eyes when he looked up and saw that he was the winning pitcher - his fifth career victory.

Starter Marcus Stroman was the best pitcher of the game, taking a three-hit shutout into the seventh inning and leaving without allowing an earned run. Dominic Leone relieved him, and was the pitcher of record when Toronto took the lead for good.

But Tepera was awarded the victory by official scorer Bob Ellis, who ruled that Leone didn't deserve it after allowing a game-tying double on the only pitch he threw.

''I thought it was a mistake, but I'll take it,'' Tepera said, breaking into a laugh after the Blue Jays beat Boston 4-3 on Monday night. ''I mean, wins don't really matter as relievers, as long as we win as a team.''

Steve Pearce hit a solo homer, then added the go-ahead single in the eighth inning to lead Toronto a victory in the series opener. Stroman shut the Red Sox down for most of the game, but took a no-decision after they scored three unearned runs to tie it in the seventh.

After Andrew Benintendi doubled, Stroman failed to get his foot on the bag when covering first on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s grounder. Christian Vazquez walked to load the bases. Brock Holt's sacrifice fly scored one run, and Mookie Betts singled in another to chase Stroman.

Leone came in, and Dustin Pedroia banged his first and only pitch off the Green Monster. One run scored on the double, and Betts was thrown out at the plate after running through a stop sign from the third base coach.

Tepera (5-1) pitched a perfect eighth. Baseball Rule 9.17 (c) states: ''The official scorer shall not credit as the winning pitcher a relief pitcher who is ineffective in a brief appearance, when at least one succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping his team maintain its lead.''

''That's the game of baseball for ya,'' Leone said. ''From Marcus' six innings - that's why baseball is crazy. He deserves that win, no matter what. He pitched his butt off. It's crazy with one pitch the game can switch like that, and the whole win-loss thing kind of gets tossed up for grabs, really.''

Toronto went back in front in the eighth when Pearce singled to score pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera from third.

Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Heath Hembree (1-3) took the loss.

MISSING SIGNS

Betts took responsibility for missing the sign from third base coach Brian Butterfield.

''I didn't even see Butter put up the stop sign. That's my fault for not looking up,'' Betts said. ''I was just thinking, `score.'''

FOR STARTERS

Stroman allowed three unearned runs on five hits and three walks, striking out five. Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez, who was activated from the disabled list (right knee) for the game, allowed three runs on six hits and four walks, striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings.

''I thought with the layoff that Eddie had that was a strong five-plus innings of work here tonight,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Home plate umpire Chris Segal remained in the game after getting hit in the head by Josh Donaldson's bat in the first inning. Donaldson, the third batter in the game, swung at a pitch from Rodriguez and lost the handle on his bat. It flew behind him and hit Segal on the top of the head. Segal, who was wearing a mask but no helmet, went back to the ground and remained there until the training staff came running out. After a few minutes, Segal was smiling.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (3-6) starts in Game 2 of the series at 7:10 p.m.

Red Sox: Brian Johnson (2-0) is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to make the start.

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Blue JaysTOR43-49
210000010481
Red SoxBOS52-42
000000300360
  • W: R. Tepera (5-1)L: H. Hembree (1-3)S: R. Osuna (23)
  • HR: TOR - S. Pearce (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Bautista RF50000041.230.343.406.749-2.0
R. Martin C51100020.230.369.388.7561.0
J. Donaldson 3B30000211.250.374.455.8291.5
J. Smoak 1B21100211.292.363.571.9333.5
E. Carrera LF01000000.284.349.421.7701.0
K. Morales DH40320002.258.311.464.7756.0
R. Goins DH00000000.208.268.327.5950.0
T. Tulowitzki SS40000025.239.288.376.664-1.0
S. Pearce 1B31221100.279.337.476.8149.0
K. Pillar CF40100023.251.305.410.7151.0
D. Barney 2B40000014.222.270.281.551-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40110022.274.351.487.8381.0
    D. Pedroia 2B30110100.307.386.399.7854.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40000011.296.353.432.785-0.5
    M. Moreland 1B40100021.251.342.430.7720.0
    H. Ramirez DH40000002.255.341.438.7790.0
    A. Benintendi LF31200110.279.357.440.7964.5
    J. Bradley CF41000013.270.348.468.8160.5
    C. Vazquez C31100100.267.305.352.6573.0
    B. Holt 3B20010002.136.259.136.3961.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Morales (17), K. Pillar (24)
      • HR - S. Pearce (8)
      • RBI - K. Morales 2 (51), S. Pearce 2 (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 2 (23)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Pedroia (15), A. Benintendi (14)
      • SF - B. Holt
      • RBI - M. Betts (56), D. Pedroia (44), B. Holt (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (18), D. Pedroia (21)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Pillar (6)
      • DP - D. Barney, T. Tulowitzki, J. Smoak
      • E - M. Stroman
      FIELDING
      • DP - M. Moreland, D. Pedroia, B. Holt
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman6.25303503.101.2615.5
      D. Leone (BS, 1)0.11000002.931.18-1.0
      R. Tepera (W, 5-1)1.00000103.591.0710.5
      R. Osuna (S, 23)1.00000101.930.7010.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman6.2
      D. Leone (BS, 1)0.1
      R. Tepera (W, 5-1)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 23)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez5.16334813.661.216.0
      F. Abad1.20000202.701.104.0
      H. Hembree (L, 1-3)1.02111203.611.44-5.0
      M. Barnes1.00000103.321.153.5
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez5.1
      F. Abad1.2
      H. Hembree (L, 1-3)1.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 106-68, D. Leone 1-1, R. Tepera 15-9, R. Osuna 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 11-4, R. Tepera 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 28, D. Leone, R. Tepera 3, R. Osuna 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 111-68, F. Abad 20-13, H. Hembree 23-13, M. Barnes 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-4, F. Abad 1-2, M. Barnes 1-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 25, F. Abad 5, H. Hembree 6, M. Barnes 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      Blue JaysTOR43-49
      210000010481
      Red SoxBOS52-42
      000000300360
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Bautista RF50000041.230.343.406.749-2.0
      R. Martin C51100020.230.369.388.7561.0
      J. Donaldson 3B30000211.250.374.455.8291.5
      J. Smoak 1B21100211.292.363.571.9333.5
      E. Carrera LF01000000.284.349.421.7701.0
      K. Morales DH40320002.258.311.464.7756.0
      R. Goins DH00000000.208.268.327.5950.0
      T. Tulowitzki SS40000025.239.288.376.664-1.0
      S. Pearce 1B31221100.279.337.476.8149.0
      K. Pillar CF40100023.251.305.410.7151.0
      D. Barney 2B40000014.222.270.281.551-0.5
      Total34484151317-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF40110022.274.351.487.8381.0
        D. Pedroia 2B30110100.307.386.399.7854.0
        X. Bogaerts SS40000011.296.353.432.785-0.5
        M. Moreland 1B40100021.251.342.430.7720.0
        H. Ramirez DH40000002.255.341.438.7790.0
        A. Benintendi LF31200110.279.357.440.7964.5
        J. Bradley CF41000013.270.348.468.8160.5
        C. Vazquez C31100100.267.305.352.6573.0
        B. Holt 3B20010002.136.259.136.3961.0
        Total3136303711-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Morales (17), K. Pillar (24)
          • HR - S. Pearce (8)
          • RBI - K. Morales 2 (51), S. Pearce 2 (22)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 2 (23)
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Pedroia (15), A. Benintendi (14)
          • SF - B. Holt
          • RBI - M. Betts (56), D. Pedroia (44), B. Holt (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (18), D. Pedroia (21)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - K. Pillar (6)
          • DP - D. Barney, T. Tulowitzki, J. Smoak
          • E - M. Stroman
          FIELDING
          • DP - M. Moreland, D. Pedroia, B. Holt
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Stroman6.25303503.101.2615.5
          D. Leone (BS, 1)0.11000002.931.18-1.0
          R. Tepera (W, 5-1)1.00000103.591.0710.5
          R. Osuna (S, 23)1.00000101.930.7010.5
          Total9.0630370---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Stroman6.2
          D. Leone (BS, 1)0.1
          R. Tepera (W, 5-1)1.0
          R. Osuna (S, 23)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Rodriguez5.16334813.661.216.0
          F. Abad1.20000202.701.104.0
          H. Hembree (L, 1-3)1.02111203.611.44-5.0
          M. Barnes1.00000103.321.153.5
          Total9.08445131---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Rodriguez5.1
          F. Abad1.2
          H. Hembree (L, 1-3)1.0
          M. Barnes1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 106-68, D. Leone 1-1, R. Tepera 15-9, R. Osuna 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 11-4, R. Tepera 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 28, D. Leone, R. Tepera 3, R. Osuna 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 111-68, F. Abad 20-13, H. Hembree 23-13, M. Barnes 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-4, F. Abad 1-2, M. Barnes 1-1
          • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 25, F. Abad 5, H. Hembree 6, M. Barnes 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Pearce singled to left, Carrera scored, Morales to second43
          • 7TH INNING
            Pedroia doubled to left center, Vazquez scored, Betts out at home33
            Betts singled to deep left, Bradley scored, Vazquez to second32
            Holt hit sacrifice fly to center, Benintendi scored31
          • 2ND INNING
            Pearce homered to left30
          • 1ST INNING
            Morales doubled to left center, Martin and Smoak scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Matt Barnes relieved Heath Hembree
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Bautista popped out to shortstop
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Tepera
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Bradley lined out to center
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Vazquez flied out to deep left
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Heath Hembree relieved Fernando Abad
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smoak walked
            • K. Morales: Morales singled to deep right center, Smoak to third
            • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Tulowitzki popped out to second
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce singled to left, Carrera scored, Morales to second
            • Ryan Goins ran for Kendrys Morales
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • D. Barney: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Barney struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ezequiel Carrera ran for Justin Smoak
            • Ryan Tepera relieved Dominic Leone
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez lined out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • F. Abad Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martin lined out to right
            • J. Donaldson: Foul, Donaldson fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi doubled to deep right
            • J. Bradley: Bradley safe at first on Stroman fielding error, Benintendi to third
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vazquez walked, Bradley to second
            • B. Holt: Ball, Holt hit sacrifice fly to center, Benintendi scored
            • M. Betts: Foul, Ball, Foul, Betts singled to deep left, Bradley scored, Vazquez to second
            • Dominic Leone relieved Marcus Stroman
            • D. Pedroia: Pedroia doubled to left center, Vazquez scored, Betts out at home
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki struck out swinging
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
            • Fernando Abad relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • D. Barney: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Barney grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts popped out to second
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martin flied out to deep center
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Donaldson walked
            • J. Smoak: Smoak singled to center, Donaldson to second
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Morales grounded into double play third to second to first, Smoak out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • J. Bradley: Bradley lined out to left
            • C. Vazquez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Vazquez reached on an infield single to pitcher, Benintendi to second
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Holt reached on fielder's choice to third, Benintendi to third, Vazquez out at second
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Pearce popped out to second
            • K. Pillar: Pillar doubled to right
            • D. Barney: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Barney flied out to deep center
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pedroia walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to deep right
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to second, Pedroia to second
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • R. Martin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
            • J. Donaldson: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Donaldson walked
            • J. Smoak: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Smoak struck out on foul tip
            • K. Morales: Morales singled to shallow left, Donaldson to third
            • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to second
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Holt grounded out to third
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Foul, Ball, Pearce homered to left
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pillar grounded out to catcher
            • D. Barney: Ball, Foul, Barney lined out to right
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Bautista struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Moreland singled to left
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moreland out at second
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Benintendi reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin singled to right center
            • J. Donaldson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Donaldson struck out on foul tip
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak walked, Martin to second
            • K. Morales: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Morales doubled to left center, Martin and Smoak scored
            • T. Tulowitzki: Foul, Foul, Ball, Tulowitzki grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)