Red Sox win 6th straight, complete 4-game sweep of Blue Jays

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BOSTON – Masataka Yoshida and Rafael Devers each homered, and the Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with an 11-5 victory Thursday night.

Boston won its sixth straight overall to jump over Toronto for third place in the AL East. It’s the first time the Sox have swept the Jays in a four-game series since 2002.

“Great series, great homestand,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We’re playing good baseball.”

Taking all four games also sent a strong message after Toronto won 16 of the 19 meetings against Boston last season. “Last year, we didn’t play well,” Devers said. “It feels really good to get one up on them. I’m not saying they’re not going to be able to win some games against us, but we’re just going to keep playing the way we know how.”

Devers finished with four RBIs and Yoshida three, and Jarren Duran had three hits and two of the Red Sox’s five stolen bases.

Brayan Bello (1-1) picked up his first win of the season after allowing four runs – two earned – and six hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked one.

“They did a lot of damage against him last year,” Cora said of Bello. “Today was a step in the right direction.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered and drove in two runs for Toronto, which has lost five straight.

Yoshida set the tone early for Boston when he jumped on the first pitch he saw from Toronto starter Kevin Gausman (2-3) in the first inning for his sixth home run.

“He’s an accomplished hitter and knows how to study and prepare,” Turner said of Yoshida. “When you mix talent and preparation, you’re going to get a lot of good results. It’s fun to be on deck behind him and watch him use the whole field.”

The Red Sox scored five more in the second on run-scoring hits by Reese McGuire, Ramiel Tapia and Yoshida before Devers’ two-run double that made it 6-0.

Toronto got a run back when Guerrero blasted his second home run in as many nights, a solo shot in the fourth.

But Gausman was chased with one out in the fourth after Duran and Devers had RBI singles to make it 8-1. Gausman allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings. His ERA soared from 2.33 to 3.86.

“Your tip your hat to them,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said of the Red Sox. “They’re firing on all cylinders offensively.”

Toronto finally got to Bello in the fifth with three runs, but Boston added three more runs of their own in the eighth on Turner’s RBI single and Devers’ AL-leading 11th home run. It was also the 150th homer of his career.

“I’m super proud of the new milestone,” Devers said, “but just keep hoping to hit home runs and drive in runs and help the team win.”


Yoshida’s homer in the first extended his hitting streak to an MLB-best 14 games.


The eight runs represented a single-game career high for Gausman, who has appeared in 274 career MLB games.

“The split wasn’t getting into the zone as it had been,” Schneider said. “A lack of command on some of the fastballs, but they were laying off of it.”

TRAINER’S ROOM Blue Jays: RHP Zach Pop needed the assistance of the trainer as he slowly walked off the field in the eighth inning.

Red Sox: RHP Kutter Crawford is day-to-day with hamstring tightness after leaving Wednesday’s game in the ninth inning. … RHP Joely Rodriguez (oblique strain) tossed a scoreless inning in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Worcester Thursday. … LHP James Paxton (hamstring strain) is scheduled to make a start for Worcester on Friday. His 30-day rehab clock expires next Monday. Paxton hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since 2021.


Blue Jays: At Pittsburgh on Friday with RHP Chris Bassitt (3-2, 5.18) opposing Pirates LHP Rich Hill (3-2, 4.18).

Red Sox: At Philadelphia on Friday night. Chris Sale (2-2, 6.75) is scheduled to start against Zack Wheeler (3-1, 3.86).

Padres claim 2-time All-Star catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from Mets

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SAN DIEGO — The scuffling San Diego Padres claimed catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from the New York Mets.

The two-time All-Star was designated for assignment after playing in three games for the Mets. He went 1 for 6 with three strikeouts and an RBI, looking shaky at times behind the plate.

With the disappointing Padres (24-29) getting meager offensive production at catcher, they hope Sánchez can provide a boost. Austin Nola is batting .131 with three extra-base hits and a paltry .434 OPS in 39 games. His part-time platoon partner, second-stringer Brett Sullivan, is hitting .170 with four extra-base hits and a .482 OPS in 21 games since getting called up from the minors April 16.

Luis Campusano has been on the injured list since April 17 and is expected to be sidelined until around the All-Star break following left thumb surgery.

San Diego is responsible for just over $1 million in salary for Sánchez after assuming his $1.5 million, one-year contract.

The star-studded Padres have lost seven of 11 and are 3-3 on a nine-game East Coast trip. They open a three-game series at Miami.

San Diego becomes the third National League team to take a close look at the 30-year-old Sánchez this season. He spent time in the minors with San Francisco before getting released May 2 and signing a minor league contract a week later with the Mets, who were minus a couple of injured catchers at the time.

After hitting well in a short stint at Triple-A Syracuse, he was promoted to the big leagues May 19. When the Mets reinstated catcher Tomás Nido from the injured list last week, Sánchez was cut.

Sánchez’s best seasons came early in his career with the New York Yankees, where he was runner-up in 2016 AL Rookie of the Year voting and made the AL All-Star team in 2017 and 2019.

He was traded to Minnesota before the 2022 season and batted .205 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 128 games last year.

With the Padres, Sánchez could also be a candidate for at-bats at designated hitter, where 42-year-old Nelson Cruz is batting .245 with three homers, 16 RBIs and a .670 OPS, and 37-year-old Matt Carpenter is hitting .174 with four homers, 21 RBIs and a .652 OPS.