BOSTON (AP) — Raimel Tapia had three hits and four RBIs, reaching 10 in the series, and fellow countryman Vladimir Guerrero had four hits for the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday to beat the faltering Red Sox 8-4 and thus completing a three-game serial sweep.
Two days after Tapia’s grand slam inside the park in a historic 28-5 blowout, he hit a bases-loaded 3-pointer to clear the bases and give Toronto a 5-0 lead against Boston prospect Brayan Bello (0 -2), one of five Red Sox players in the lineup who began the season in the minor leagues.
The Blue Jays also capitalized on three errors and a series of fumbles from Boston, which is just a game out of last place in the AL East.
On the day David Ortiz was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame, the Red Sox lost their fifth straight game, ninth in the last 10 and 13 of 16. Boston, which went 11 games over .500 on June 27, hasn’t won a series against an AL East opponent in 12 tries this season.
For the Blue Jays, the Dominicans Raimel Tapia 5-3 with a run scored and four produced, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 5-4 with a run scored and an RBI and Teoscar Hernández 4-2 with a run scored; and Cuban Lourdes Gurriel 5-1.
For the Red Sox, Dominican Franchy Cordero 4-1 with a run scored; Venezuelan Yolmer Sánchez 2-1 with one produced; Colombian Jeter Downs and Puerto Rican Christian Vázquez, both 4-0.