It was Tellez's second homer of the night.
They'd lost a couple to the Astros over the weekend - one of them was pretty ugly - they'd been trounced in one game by the lowly Blue Jays, and the bullpen seemed hellbent on blowing another one in Toronto. He'll be getting his first start of the season after a string of strong pitching performances against the Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles.
"I really feel good about this game because of that", Montoyo said. Clearly it's not what I'm focused on right now, but I also don't take it for granted. "It just does a lot for my confidence when he throws me in the lineup and lets me face them". Limited to 60 pitches, he allowed one run and two hits in four innings, walked two and struck out two. Randal Grichuk followed with a drive to left for his eighth homer. Lefty knuckleballer Ryan Feierabend didn't do much better, allowing four runs, three of which were earned.
"For us as an offense, it's good to go out there and play well behind a good start from one of our top pitchers", Tellez said.
Stroman has been hurt by poor run support this year, but he said he was never concerned. "I'm not really anxious about the run support". As Richard said, even the best teams go through plenty of arms in the course of a long year.
Mitch Moreland, Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr. connected for Boston, but the defending World Series champions were largely held in check after winning 12-2 in the series opener Monday. Walking in from the bullpen for his first start since last August 24, Richard spotted his wife and two sons among the crowd of 36,526 and made sure to enjoy the moment.
After that, the Jays didn't manage another hit until the seventh inning and by then they were trailing 4-1.
He had gone five straight games without allowing a homer.
"I was able to do that so I feel good about that part of it". That includes you, Alex Cora. "I felt like I did the exactly same thing on the following pitch where they called a balk". "It hasn't happened this year so we'll take a look". The Jays finally tied the game in the bottom of the ninth when Brandon Drury doubled and scored on Danny Jansen's two-out single. It did not play out well, with rookie's absence taking on a life of its own in the Toronto media. So I don't think we're ever out of it. "There are a lot of things in Canadian culture and about this great country that I have talked to him about, but I did not share with him the importance of Victoria Day".
Chavis and Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale had some words for Stroman after the quick pitch, and Cora later said Stroman "competes a certain way and people don't like it". LHP Brian Johnson made the second start of his rehab assignment for Double-A Portland, giving up three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Per ESPN.com, Red Sox manager Alex Cora could keep the AL Hank Aaron Award victor out of Thursday's game as well, citing the artificial surface at Rogers Centre as a concern.
Out of desperation and coming off an off-season injury that was further aggravated during spring training, 35-year-old Clayton Richard made his Jays debut on Thursday and acquitted himself rather well.
The Jays opted to option Jimmy Cordero in order to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for Richard.