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Baseball fans must have done a double take Friday night when the final score of the Boston Red Sox-Toronto Blue Jays game flashed across their screens.
The Blue Jays outscored their division rivals 28-5.
The Blue Jays scored 28 runs at Fenway Park, a franchise record for runs scored in a game and coming within two runs. Major League Baseball record For most runs scored in a match.
28 runs allowed Boston is also a franchise recordIt broke the previous high of 27 allowed in 1923 against the Baltimore Orioles.
“It was tough to watch,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said, according to Boston.com. “To be honest with you, it was tough being in the dugout. They knew it, and I knew it.”
Every Toronto starter had at least two hits on the night The Blue Jays jumped out It took a 14-0 lead in the fourth inning and an 11-spot in the fifth for a 25-3 lead.
The 11 runs in the fifth inning tied the franchise record for a single inning, a feat Toronto has accomplished four times before.
“That was great,” Toronto interim manager John Schneider said. “We talked about it before the game, how you come out on a little sleep, you can come out hot. I think we came out hot.”
In the third inning, Boston center fielder Jaren Duran misplayed a routine fly ball that allowed Rymel Tapia to round the bases for the second inside-the-park grand slam in Blue Jay history.
“I lost it in the twilight,” Duran said. “It happens. (Verdugo) was right there. Obviously, I should have taken a step or two. He was already going to hit me with the ball. I didn’t want to get in his way. … Next time, I know to take a step or two.”
The great thing about baseball? Boston will have a chance to wash away the stink with game two of a three-game series against Toronto scheduled for Friday at 4:10 p.m. and Saturday.
“At the end of the day, what we’re doing as an organization is trying to get better this season and into the future.” Cora said. “We’ve been very vocal about it. Standings are standings, we’ll be judged on what we do.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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