Devers hits solo shot, drives in 4; Red Sox beat Jays 5-4

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox manager Alex Cora went to reliever Brandon Workman in the eighth inning and knew what his options were for his beleaguered bullpen when things got tight in the ninth.

''It's either him or him,'' said Cora after Workman threw 45 pitches and got out of a jam each inning as Boston held on for a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night.

''He's been outstanding all season,'' Cora said of the right-hander, who has a 1.84 ERA. ''He's been one of the top relievers in the league, too. I think he should have been (at the All-Star Game).''

Rafael Devers hit a solo homer and drove in four runs, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Red Sox sent Toronto's Aaron Sanchez to his 13th straight loss.

Workman struck out Justin Smoak and Freddy Galvis with two on to end the eighth and got the final three outs despite giving up a run in the ninth for his fifth save, striking out Randal Grichuk swinging with two on to end it.

Boston's pen has struggled most of the season, blowing 18 save opportunities.

Devers also had a two-run double and RBI single, Brock Holt added a run-scoring hit - one of his three singles - for the Red Sox, who had dropped three of four since a five-game winning streak.

Teoscar Hernandez hit two solo homers over the Green Monster and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had one for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of 10.

Rodriguez (11-4) held the Blue Jays to two runs on three hits, striking out four and walking three over 6 1/3 innings. It's the seventh time in 10 starts he's allowed two or fewer runs - and the fourth straight.

''For me, I just try to go out there and get innings,'' Rodriguez said. ''I try to get as deep as I can in the game.''

Once dominant, right-hander Sanchez (3-14) had his miserable season continue. He gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings and his ERA rose to 6.26; while he remained winless in his last 15 starts.

''He has been pitching better,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''I know four runs doesn't sound that great, but he kept us in the game. In a place like this, I thought he did a good job.''

Devers homered into the first row of Monster seats, breaking a 1-1 tie in the third after Hernandez had homered deep into the seats above the left-field wall in the top of the inning.

In the fourth, Devers doubled into the right-center gap to make it 5-1 after Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts singled, but Hernandez hit his second of the game the next inning. Devers added his run-scoring single in the eighth.

''He might be a batting champion one of these years, for sure. I'm making that call,'' Montoyo said of Devers.

The start was delayed 33 minutes by rain.

NEW ADDITION

The Blue Jays announced before the game that they acquired RHP Wilmer Font from the Mets for cash considerations. Montoyo said he plans to use him as an opener after he gets his work visa and joins the team.

ESCAPED

Reliever Matt Barnes entered with runners on first and second with one out in the seventh. After walking Hernandez, he struck out pinch hitter Danny Jansen and Eric Sogard - both swinging.

CARBON COPY

Both center fielders - Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hernandez - played caroms of the wall and made long throws to nail a runner trying to get a double. Bradley got Smoak and Hernandez cut down Vazquez.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Closer Ken Giles, who suffered nerve inflammation in his right elbow during a massage at the All-Star break, worked the eighth after feeling good following a bullpen session Tuesday. . LHP Ryan Borucki (elbow discomfort) had a rehab start with Triple-A Buffalo Tuesday. ''I heard he pitched good and he feels good,'' Montoyo said.

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (surgery recovery, loose body right elbow) is set to go on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday after pitching in a simulated game against Sam Travis and Mitch Moreland before thunderstorms moved into the area. . Manager Alex Cora said Moreland (strained right quadriceps) is expected to go on a rehab assignment Friday.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Thomas Pannone (2-3, 6.18 ERA), a native of Cranston, R.I., is expected to be recalled from Buffalo and start Thursday afternoon's series finale, but his fight from Buffalo was canceled and the club is still trying to get him in for the game.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (3-9, 4.27) looks to turnaround his rough season. He's allowed five runs in three straight starts for the first time in his career.

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  • W: E. Rodriguez (11-4)L: A. Sanchez (3-14)S: B. Workman (5)
  • HR: TOR - T. Hernandez 2 (11), L. Gurriel (17), BOS - R. Devers (18)
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V. Guerrero 3B50000003.240.316.390.7070.0
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R. Grichuk RF30000113.235.295.421.7161.5
C. Biggio 2B20000211.224.353.392.7441.5
J. Smoak 1B40100024.217.353.418.7710.0
F. Galvis SS40000014.268.307.452.759-0.5
T. Hernandez CF23222200.207.273.396.67015.0
L. Maile C20000000.159.211.252.4630.0
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M. Betts RF41100113.281.396.470.8662.5
R. Devers 3B51341000.326.380.558.93812.0
X. Bogaerts SS50200013.313.399.575.9742.5
J. Martinez DH50100004.289.364.518.8811.0
A. Benintendi LF31100111.268.346.425.7713.5
M. Chavis 1B20100101.261.338.463.8013.0
J. Bradley CF40000026.226.326.385.711-1.0
C. Vazquez C41200012.297.334.516.8512.5
B. Holt 2B41310001.350.397.453.8505.0
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    BATTING
    • HR - L. Gurriel (17), T. Hernandez 2 (11)
    • RBI - L. Gurriel 2 (39), T. Hernandez 2 (32)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Gurriel (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Sogard 3 (3), R. Grichuk 3 (3), J. Smoak, F. Galvis 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Devers (28), X. Bogaerts (31), A. Benintendi (24)
    • HR - R. Devers (18)
    • RBI - R. Devers 4 (70), B. Holt (19)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers 2 (27), B. Holt (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 2 (2), X. Bogaerts, J. Martinez 3 (3), M. Chavis, J. Bradley 4 (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - T. Hernandez (6)
    • DP - (Biggio-Galvis-Smoak)
    • PB - L. Maile (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (7)
    • E - R. Devers (15)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Sanchez (L, 3-14)5.08441416.261.75-1.0
    N. Kingham2.04001107.691.901.5
    K. Giles1.02111101.691.06-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Sanchez (L, 3-14)5.0
    N. Kingham2.0
    K. Giles1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (W, 11-4)6.13223424.341.3022.0
    M. Barnes (H, 16)0.20001204.381.310.0
    J. Taylor (H, 2)0.11111013.921.31-3.0
    B. Workman (S, 5)1.21112401.841.028.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (W, 11-4)6.1
    M. Barnes (H, 16)0.2
    J. Taylor (H, 2)0.1
    B. Workman (S, 5)1.2
    PITCHING
    • IBB - N. Kingham
    • HBP - A. Sanchez (9)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 99-66, N. Kingham 29-17, K. Giles 22-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 4-7, N. Kingham 2-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, N. Kingham 9, K. Giles 6
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Taylor
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 99-63, M. Barnes 16-9, J. Taylor 13-7, B. Workman 45-27
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 7-8
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 25, M. Barnes 3, J. Taylor 4, B. Workman 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    E. Sogard LF40000125.299.367.488.8550.0
    V. Guerrero 3B50000003.240.316.390.7070.0
    L. Gurriel DH51221021.297.344.608.9537.0
    R. Grichuk RF30000113.235.295.421.7161.5
    C. Biggio 2B20000211.224.353.392.7441.5
    J. Smoak 1B40100024.217.353.418.7710.0
    F. Galvis SS40000014.268.307.452.759-0.5
    T. Hernandez CF23222200.207.273.396.67015.0
    L. Maile C20000000.159.211.252.4630.0
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    A. Sanchez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    N. Kingham P0000-000.000.250.000.000-
    K. Giles P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-struck out for Maile in the 7th
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    M. Betts RF41100113.281.396.470.8662.5
    R. Devers 3B51341000.326.380.558.93812.0
    X. Bogaerts SS50200013.313.399.575.9742.5
    J. Martinez DH50100004.289.364.518.8811.0
    A. Benintendi LF31100111.268.346.425.7713.5
    M. Chavis 1B20100101.261.338.463.8013.0
    J. Bradley CF40000026.226.326.385.711-1.0
    C. Vazquez C41200012.297.334.516.8512.5
    B. Holt 2B41310001.350.397.453.8505.0
    E. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    M. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • HR - L. Gurriel (17), T. Hernandez 2 (11)
      • RBI - L. Gurriel 2 (39), T. Hernandez 2 (32)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Gurriel (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Sogard 3 (3), R. Grichuk 3 (3), J. Smoak, F. Galvis 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Devers (28), X. Bogaerts (31), A. Benintendi (24)
      • HR - R. Devers (18)
      • RBI - R. Devers 4 (70), B. Holt (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers 2 (27), B. Holt (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 2 (2), X. Bogaerts, J. Martinez 3 (3), M. Chavis, J. Bradley 4 (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Hernandez (6)
      • DP - (Biggio-Galvis-Smoak)
      • PB - L. Maile (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (7)
      • E - R. Devers (15)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (L, 3-14)5.08441416.261.75-1.0
      N. Kingham2.04001107.691.901.5
      K. Giles1.02111101.691.06-0.5
      Total8.01455361---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (L, 3-14)5.0
      N. Kingham2.0
      K. Giles1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 11-4)6.13223424.341.3022.0
      M. Barnes (H, 16)0.20001204.381.310.0
      J. Taylor (H, 2)0.11111013.921.31-3.0
      B. Workman (S, 5)1.21112401.841.028.0
      Total9.05447103---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 11-4)6.1
      M. Barnes (H, 16)0.2
      J. Taylor (H, 2)0.1
      B. Workman (S, 5)1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - N. Kingham
      • HBP - A. Sanchez (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 99-66, N. Kingham 29-17, K. Giles 22-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 4-7, N. Kingham 2-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, N. Kingham 9, K. Giles 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Taylor
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 99-63, M. Barnes 16-9, J. Taylor 13-7, B. Workman 45-27
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 7-8
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 25, M. Barnes 3, J. Taylor 4, B. Workman 8
      • 9TH INNING
        Gurriel singled to center, Hernandez scored, Jansen to second45
      • 8TH INNING
        Devers singled to right center, Holt scored, Betts to third35
        Gurriel homered to left34
      • 5TH INNING
        Hernandez homered to left center24
      • 4TH INNING
        Devers doubled to deep right center, Vazquez and Betts scored14
      • 3RD INNING
        Devers homered to left center12
        Hernandez homered to center11
      • 2ND INNING
        Holt singled to center, Benintendi scored, Bradley to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Workman Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • D. Jansen: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Jansen walked, Hernandez to second
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sogard struck out swinging
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Guerrero lined out to right, Hernandez to third
        • L. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to center, Hernandez scored, Jansen to second
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Josh Taylor relieved Matt Barnes
        • V. Guerrero: Strike swinging, Ball, Guerrero fouled out to catcher
        • L. Gurriel: Gurriel homered to left
        • R. Grichuk: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Grichuk hit by pitch
        • C. Biggio: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Biggio walked, Grichuk to second
        • Brandon Workman relieved Josh Taylor
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Nick Kingham
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike swinging, Holt singled to center
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts walked, Holt to second
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Devers singled to right center, Holt scored, Betts to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to third, Bogaerts popped out to first
        • J. Martinez: Martinez flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Biggio walked
        • J. Smoak: Smoak safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error, Biggio to second
        • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Galvis flied out to left
        • Matt Barnes relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked, Biggio to third, Smoak to second
        • Danny Jansen hit for Luke Maile
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Jansen struck out on foul tip
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sogard struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • N. Kingham Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Devers grounded out to first
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts singled to center
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez fouled out to first
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi doubled to right, Bogaerts to third
        • M. Chavis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Chavis intentionally walked
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Guerrero grounded out to third
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Grichuk grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Nick Kingham relieved Aaron Sanchez
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez singled to deep center, Vazquez out at second
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holt singled to right center
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Holt out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis flied out to right
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez homered to left center
        • L. Maile: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Maile flied out to right
        • E. Sogard: Foul, Sogard flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez popped out to first
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chavis hit by pitch
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grichuk walked
        • C. Biggio: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Biggio reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Grichuk out at second
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Bradley flied out to deep right
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Vazquez singled to right
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Holt flied out to center
        • M. Betts: Strike swinging, Betts singled to center, Vazquez to second
        • R. Devers: Ball, Vazquez to third, Betts to second on passed ball, Devers doubled to deep right center, Vazquez and Betts scored
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez homered to center
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Maile grounded out to second
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Foul, Sogard popped out to second
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Guerrero grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Devers homered to left center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Benintendi flied out to deep center
        • M. Chavis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Chavis fouled out to first
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak singled to deep center, Smoak out at second
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Galvis lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • M. Chavis: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Chavis singled to right, Benintendi to second
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley reached on fielder's choice to second, Benintendi to third, Chavis out at second
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez flied out to right
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Foul, Holt singled to center, Benintendi scored, Bradley to third
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Holt out at second, Ball
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sogard walked
        • V. Guerrero: Guerrero flied out to right
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to center
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Devers lined out to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts doubled to center
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)