The Toronto Blue Jays improved to 13 games above the .500 mark on Thursday after a sweep of the Boston Red Sox. Over the last three days, the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 9-3 on Tuesday, 3-2 on Wednesday and 6-5 on Thursday. With the three wins, the Blue Jays have the second wildcard spot in the American League with a record of 68 wins and 55 losses. They lead the Baltimore Orioles by three and a half games for a playoff spot.
In Tuesday’s win, the Blue Jays scored eight runs in the third inning. Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero of Montreal, Quebec had two doubles, while third baseman Matt Chapman and designated hitter George Springer each had a triple. Springer also led the Blue Jays with three runs batted in despite batting from the leadoff spot. Starting pitcher Ross Stripling had a quality start for Toronto as he only gave up one earned run and six hits in six innings to go along with six strikeouts and one walk.
In Wednesday’s win, the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 3-2 in 10 innings. Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios also had a quality start as he gave up only two earned runs, one walk and five hits in six innings to go along with six strikeouts. Springer was once again the Blue Jays offensive star as he had the game-winning RBI double to left field to lead off the 10th inning and score Jackie Bradley Jr.
In Thursday’s win, the Blue Jays once again needed extra innings to beat the Red Sox as they won 6-5 in 10 innings. Catcher Danny Jansen led the Blue Jays with three hits, including his 10th home run of the season.