Weber gets first win as starter, Red Sox beat Jays 8-2

TORONTO (AP) Red Sox manager Alex Cora was hoping to get four or five decent innings out of spot starter Ryan Weber.

The unheralded right-hander gave Boston a whole lot more.

Weber pitched six impressive innings to earn his first career win as a starter, Steve Pearce homered and had three RBIs and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 on Thursday.

''Just giving the team a chance to win and saving the bullpen was really my main goal,'' Weber said. ''I'm excited and proud of what I did.''

Weber's only other big league win came with Atlanta in 2016.

Cora, whose team won a 13-inning game Wednesday and has a weekend series with AL West leaders Houston looming, was happy to give his overworked bullpen a breather.

''Those are the games that set you up for the rest of the week,'' Cora said.

Weber (1-0) allowed one run on three hits, walked none and struck out four.

Weber, who had made three relief appearances for Boston this season, started for the first time since May 13, 2017, when he pitched for Seattle against Toronto. Weber left that game after 3 2/3 innings because of a nerve problem in his arm.

''It felt like I got shot,'' Weber said.

Thursday's start gave Weber a chance to wipe that bad memory away.

''Getting back out there at Rogers Centre and going six and getting a win, that was big for me,'' he said.

This was Weber's ninth career big league start. He was 0-4 with a 5.40 ERA in the previous eight.

Pearce had three hits. He singled in the fourth and sixth innings and hit a two-run shot off Ryan Feierabend in the ninth, his first of the season. Pearce was last year's World Series MVP, but has struggled for most of this season after starting the year with a calf injury.

''He's in a good place,'' Cora said of Pearce, who has six hits in his past four games after collecting seven hits in his first 20 games.

''It feels good to get the ball rolling in the right direction,'' Pearce said. ''I've put in a lot of work this season and I'm glad to finally start seeing the results.''

Rafael Devers had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice as Boston improved to 11-3 in its past 14 road games. The Red Sox have hit 29 home runs over that span.

The struggling Blue Jays lost for the third time in four games, and fell 10 games below .500 for the first time this season. Toronto is 6-15 in May.

Toronto opened the scoring on an RBI double by Freddy Galvis in the third. Weber responded by setting down the next six straight, and 15 of the next 16, before turning it over to Travis Lakins.

''Things could have got out of hand early in the game and he buckled down and got out of the big jam,'' Pearce said. ''Hats off to him, he did a terrific job.''

Lakins, Ryan Brasier and Hector Velazquez each worked one inning.

Blue Jays left-hander Clayton Richard was activated off the injured list to make his first start of the season. Limited to 60 pitches, he allowed one run and two hits in four innings, walked two and struck out two.

''Physically I felt great,'' Richard said. ''Clearly, mechanically, there were some issues. I didn't command the ball as well as I would like to.''

Boston tied it on an RBI groundout by Michael Chavis in the third, then took a 3-1 lead with a two-run sixth against Sam Gaviglio (3-1).

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. had two hits and scored a run. Bradley went 6 for 18 with two homers in the four-game series.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Boston put RHP Tyler Thornburg (right hip) on the 10-day injured list and recalled Lakins from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Blue Jays: Richard went on the injured list March 29 because of a stress reaction in his right knee. ... OF Randal Grichuk got the day off.

ROSTER REPORT

Toronto optioned right-hander Jimmy Cordero to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Richard. Cordero took the loss in Tuesday's 13-inning defeat, his Blue Jays debut. During the game, Toronto claimed left-hander Zac Rosscup on waivers from Seattle and designated Cordero for assignment.

SWITCHED FOR STANLEY

The Red Sox have moved up the start time of their May 29 game against Cleveland by one hour, from 7:10 to 6:10 p.m. The change was made so fans could also watch Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, which begins at 8 p.m.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (1-5, 4.31) looks for his first win in four outings when he starts the opener of a three-game series in Houston. LHP Wade Miley (4-2, 3.51) starts for the Astros.

Blue Jays: RHP Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.41) starts the opener of a three-game interleague series against San Diego. LHP Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 4.28) will pitch for the Padres.

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  • W: R. Weber (1-0)L: S. Gaviglio (3-1)
  • HR: BOS - S. Pearce (1), TOR - J. Smoak (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Chavis 1B50110022.279.375.568.9431.0
M. Betts DH40110101.289.405.487.8924.0
X. Bogaerts SS52200013.289.380.492.8724.5
R. Devers 3B52220013.317.384.481.8656.5
S. Pearce LF51331012.171.247.250.4979.5
A. Benintendi CF31100101.267.362.417.7796.0
C. Vazquez C50100015.295.338.488.8270.5
E. Nunez 2B51210002.188.205.250.4554.0
J. Bradley RF41200012.168.259.252.5113.5
R. Weber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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R. Brasier P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Velazquez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Sogard 2B40000010.265.357.459.816-0.5
    V. Guerrero 3B40000010.241.315.446.761-0.5
    J. Smoak DH41111020.221.373.416.7895.0
    R. Tellez 1B31100000.255.314.490.8044.0
    B. Drury LF40200001.222.257.399.6563.0
    F. Galvis SS30110012.264.299.427.7262.5
    a- R. Urena PH10000000.250.268.325.5930.0
    B. McKinney RF30000014.229.278.371.650-0.5
    D. Jansen C30000003.184.260.272.5320.0
    J. Davis CF30000000.094.094.094.1880.0
    C. Richard P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Gaviglio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    E. Luciano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    R. Feierabend P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    • a-grounded out for Galvis in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (13), X. Bogaerts (14), R. Devers (13), J. Bradley (6)
    • HR - S. Pearce
    • RBI - M. Chavis (26), M. Betts (25), R. Devers 2 (29), S. Pearce 3 (8), E. Nunez (10)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chavis, M. Betts, R. Devers, S. Pearce 2 (2), C. Vazquez 2 (2), E. Nunez 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Tellez (7), B. Drury (11), F. Galvis (11)
    • HR - J. Smoak (8)
    • RBI - J. Smoak (23), F. Galvis (19)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. McKinney, D. Jansen, J. Davis 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Benintendi (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Sogard-Galvis-Tellez)
    • E - C. Richard
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Weber (W, 1-0)6.03110401.290.8626.0
    T. Lakins (H, 1)1.01000102.451.362.5
    R. Brasier1.00000102.910.973.5
    H. Velazquez1.01110015.461.381.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Weber (W, 1-0)6.0
    T. Lakins (H, 1)1.0
    R. Brasier1.0
    H. Velazquez1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Richard4.02112202.251.008.0
    S. Gaviglio (L, 3-1)2.04220102.360.76-4.5
    E. Luciano1.15220207.322.24-3.0
    R. Feierabend1.243302111.122.12-3.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Richard4.0
    S. Gaviglio (L, 3-1)2.0
    E. Luciano1.1
    R. Feierabend1.2
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Weber (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Weber 93-59, T. Lakins 10-8, R. Brasier 18-13, H. Velazquez 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Weber 8-6, T. Lakins 2-0, R. Brasier 1-1, H. Velazquez 1-2
    • Batters Faced - R. Weber 22, T. Lakins 4, R. Brasier 3, H. Velazquez 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - E. Luciano (4)
    • HBP - C. Richard
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 54-32, S. Gaviglio 36-23, E. Luciano 37-25, R. Feierabend 30-22
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 4-5, S. Gaviglio 2-3, R. Feierabend 1-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Richard 16, S. Gaviglio 10, E. Luciano 9, R. Feierabend 9
    • Balks - C. Richard
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Chavis 1B50110022.279.375.568.9431.0
    M. Betts DH40110101.289.405.487.8924.0
    X. Bogaerts SS52200013.289.380.492.8724.5
    R. Devers 3B52220013.317.384.481.8656.5
    S. Pearce LF51331012.171.247.250.4979.5
    A. Benintendi CF31100101.267.362.417.7796.0
    C. Vazquez C50100015.295.338.488.8270.5
    E. Nunez 2B51210002.188.205.250.4554.0
    J. Bradley RF41200012.168.259.252.5113.5
    R. Weber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Lakins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    R. Brasier P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Velazquez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total41815812721-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      E. Sogard 2B40000010.265.357.459.816-0.5
      V. Guerrero 3B40000010.241.315.446.761-0.5
      J. Smoak DH41111020.221.373.416.7895.0
      R. Tellez 1B31100000.255.314.490.8044.0
      B. Drury LF40200001.222.257.399.6563.0
      F. Galvis SS30110012.264.299.427.7262.5
      a- R. Urena PH10000000.250.268.325.5930.0
      B. McKinney RF30000014.229.278.371.650-0.5
      D. Jansen C30000003.184.260.272.5320.0
      J. Davis CF30000000.094.094.094.1880.0
      C. Richard P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      S. Gaviglio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      E. Luciano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      R. Feierabend P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      Total3525210612-----
      • a-grounded out for Galvis in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (13), X. Bogaerts (14), R. Devers (13), J. Bradley (6)
      • HR - S. Pearce
      • RBI - M. Chavis (26), M. Betts (25), R. Devers 2 (29), S. Pearce 3 (8), E. Nunez (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chavis, M. Betts, R. Devers, S. Pearce 2 (2), C. Vazquez 2 (2), E. Nunez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Tellez (7), B. Drury (11), F. Galvis (11)
      • HR - J. Smoak (8)
      • RBI - J. Smoak (23), F. Galvis (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. McKinney, D. Jansen, J. Davis 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Benintendi (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Sogard-Galvis-Tellez)
      • E - C. Richard
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Weber (W, 1-0)6.03110401.290.8626.0
      T. Lakins (H, 1)1.01000102.451.362.5
      R. Brasier1.00000102.910.973.5
      H. Velazquez1.01110015.461.381.0
      Total9.0522061---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Weber (W, 1-0)6.0
      T. Lakins (H, 1)1.0
      R. Brasier1.0
      H. Velazquez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Richard4.02112202.251.008.0
      S. Gaviglio (L, 3-1)2.04220102.360.76-4.5
      E. Luciano1.15220207.322.24-3.0
      R. Feierabend1.243302111.122.12-3.0
      Total9.01588271---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Richard4.0
      S. Gaviglio (L, 3-1)2.0
      E. Luciano1.1
      R. Feierabend1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Weber (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Weber 93-59, T. Lakins 10-8, R. Brasier 18-13, H. Velazquez 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Weber 8-6, T. Lakins 2-0, R. Brasier 1-1, H. Velazquez 1-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Weber 22, T. Lakins 4, R. Brasier 3, H. Velazquez 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Luciano (4)
      • HBP - C. Richard
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 54-32, S. Gaviglio 36-23, E. Luciano 37-25, R. Feierabend 30-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 4-5, S. Gaviglio 2-3, R. Feierabend 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Richard 16, S. Gaviglio 10, E. Luciano 9, R. Feierabend 9
      • Balks - C. Richard
      • 9TH INNING
        Smoak homered to left center82
        Pearce homered to left, Devers scored81
        Devers reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bogaerts scored61
      • 8TH INNING
        Nunez singled to left, Benintendi scored51
      • 7TH INNING
        Betts doubled to left, Bradley scored, Chavis to third41
      • 6TH INNING
        Pearce singled to deep left, Devers scored, Pearce to second31
        Devers doubled to right center, Bogaerts scored21
      • 3RD INNING
        Chavis grounded out to third, Nunez scored11
      • 2ND INNING
        Galvis doubled to deep left, Tellez scored, Drury to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • R. Feierabend Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts flied out to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to left
        • R. Devers: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Devers reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bogaerts scored
        • S. Pearce: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pearce homered to left, Devers scored
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Benintendi fouled out to left
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez singled to deep left
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Nunez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Velazquez relieved Ryan Brasier
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smoak homered to left center
        • R. Tellez: Tellez popped out to first
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Drury popped out to second
        • Richard Urena hit for Freddy Galvis
        • R. Urena: Strike swinging, Urena grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • E. Luciano Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Benintendi singled to right center
        • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Benintendi to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vazquez flied out to left
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Benintendi stole third, Ball, Ball, Foul, Nunez singled to left, Benintendi scored
        • Ryan Feierabend relieved Elvis Luciano
        • J. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul tip, Bradley struck out on foul tip
        • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Travis Lakins
        • J. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sogard lined out to center
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Elvis Luciano relieved Sam Gaviglio
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley doubled to left
        • M. Chavis: Chavis singled to right, Bradley to third
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts doubled to left, Bradley scored, Chavis to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Devers struck out on foul tip
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pearce flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Travis Lakins relieved Ryan Weber
        • B. Drury: Drury doubled to left center
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Galvis grounded out to second, Drury to third
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Jansen grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to third
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Devers doubled to right center, Bogaerts scored
        • S. Pearce: Pearce singled to deep left, Devers scored, Pearce to second
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi flied out to deep center, Pearce to third
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez lined out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Weber Pitching:
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Guerrero grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Smoak struck out on foul tip
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tellez lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Sam Gaviglio relieved Clayton Richard
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bradley: Bradley reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Chavis: Chavis popped out to second
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Weber Pitching:
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jansen grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sogard fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to deep center
        • R. Devers: Foul, Devers grounded out to third
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Pearce singled to center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Benintendi hit by pitch, Pearce to second
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Weber Pitching:
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Tellez hit by pitch
        • B. Drury: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Drury flied out to left, Tellez to second
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Galvis struck out looking
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Ball, McKinney grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nunez singled to left
        • J. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Nunez to second on balk, Bradley grounded out to shortstop, Nunez to third
        • M. Chavis: Ball, Chavis grounded out to third, Nunez scored
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Weber Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Sogard grounded out to third
        • V. Guerrero: Guerrero flied out to center
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Benintendi out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Weber Pitching:
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tellez doubled to right
        • B. Drury: Ball, Drury singled to shallow right center
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Galvis doubled to deep left, Tellez scored, Drury to third
        • B. McKinney: McKinney flied out to right
        • D. Jansen: Strike swinging, Jansen popped out to second
        • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Davis grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • M. Chavis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Betts to third on Richard throwing error, Bogaerts flied out to right
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • R. Weber Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sogard struck out looking
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Ball, Guerrero grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)