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

  • Rafael Devers hits a two-run double for the Red Sox, Wednesday in Boston. AP

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, center, and Christian Vazquez score on a double by Rafael Devers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. At right is Toronto Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez delivers during the first inning of a baseball game agains the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

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Published: 7/18/2019 12:39:22 AM

BOSTON — Rafael Devers hit a solo homer and drove in four runs, Eduardo Rodríguez pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox sent Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez to his 13th straight loss, beating the Blue Jays 5-4 on Wednesday night.

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

Rodríguez (11-4) held the Blue Jays to two runs on three hits, striking out four and walking three. It’s the seventh time in 10 starts he’s allowed two or fewer runs — and the fourth straight.

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.

Brandon 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.

Devers homered into the first row of Monster seats, breaking a 1-1 tie in the third after Hernández 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 Vázquez and Mookie Betts singled, but Hernández hit his second of the game the next inning. Devers added his run-scoring single in the eighth.

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. Manager Charlie 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 Hernández, he struck out pinch hitter Danny Jansen and Eric Sogard — both swinging.

CARBON COPY — Both center fielders — Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hernández — played caroms of the wall and made long throws to nail a runner trying to get a double. Bradley got Smoak and Hernández cut down Vázquez.

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.

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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