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Netting collapses in bizarre Philadelphia Phillies-Washington Nationals game



PHILADELPHIA — In a bizarre scene, stadium workers using tractors scrambled to hoist the protective netting behind home plate after it suddenly collapsed Sunday, interrupting the Philadelphia Phillies‘ 12-6 win over the Washington Nationals.

Several innings after Washington pitcher Austin Voth suffered a broken nose when he was hit trying to bunt and plate umpire Brian O’Nora was forced to leave after being struck in the mask by a foul tip, a most unusual situation developed.

Trea Turner was batting with two outs and nobody on in the eighth inning when the netting behind home plate and over the third base dugout at Citizens Bank Park sagged towards the field without warning.

No one appeared to be hurt in the mishap.

Both teams stood on the dirt around their dugouts as the members of the Phillies grounds crew played a game of tug of war with the wiring, which is connected by guide wires to the facade of the second level.

Tractors were used in the infield to help pull the wiring up before it was eventually connected to allow the game to resume after a 20-minute delay.

Voth, who started in the game in place of Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg in a bullpen game, was injured in the third when he was hit by a pitch from Vince Velasquez while squaring around to bunt.

Voth exited with a towel covering a gash across his inside of his nose after the ball appeared to deflect off the bill of his batting helmet. He was to spend the night in a Philadelphia hospital getting his nose reset.

Velasquez suffered from command issues, allowing three runs on three hit batters, four hits and two walks in four innings.

O’Nora was hit in the mask in the top of the first by a foul off the bat of Josh Bell. O’Nora was examined by Philadelphia’s trainers and stayed in the game, but called time and rushed down the ramp in the Phillies dugout after a few pitches to Odubel Herrera to lead off the bottom of the first.

O’Nora was replaced behind the plate by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth, resulting in a nine-minute delay.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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MLB Power Rankings Week 15



With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, teams will make the difficult decision between standing pat and potentially not being good enough to win a championship, or mortgaging their future for a forlorn hope. It’s not an easy position to be in, and it could affect both the standings and our rankings over the next few months.

Did the Los Angeles Dodgers do enough to hold on to the top spot they grabbed last week? Have the Chicago White Sox done enough to move into the top five? Do the New York Yankees still have a shot?

Here is what our eight-voter expert panel decided based on what they have learned in the first three-plus months of the 2021 season. We also asked ESPN baseball experts David Schoenfield, Bradford Doolittle, Joon Lee, Jesse Rogers and Alden Gonzalez to weigh in with one Week 15 observation based on what they have seen recently for all 30 teams.

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Record: 60-35
Previous ranking: 3

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has talked about the team’s desire to add starting pitching depth, but perhaps what the Giants need more than anything else is an impact arm for the back end of their bullpen. Such a need was illustrated on Tuesday night, when Tyler Rogers, the submarine throwing right-hander who has otherwise been highly productive, walked back-to-back hitters and served up a walk-off three-run homer to Dodgers catcher Will Smith. It was the Giants’ 18th blown save of the year, just five shy of the major league lead. Craig Kimbrel, anyone? — Alden Gonzalez

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

Record: 59-38
Previous ranking: 1

The Dodgers lead the majors in run-differential even though Mookie Betts, Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger — their three best players, few would argue — have performed below expectations. The Dodgers are that deep. And they can be exponentially more explosive if all three of those players are healthy and productive. But that doesn’t mean this roster is without flaw. The Dodgers, interestingly enough, have a starting pitching shortage with Trevor Bauer on administrative leave, Clayton Kershaw on the injured list and Dustin May recovering from Tommy John surgery. They’ll be among the most aggressive in pursuit of rotation reinforcements over the next week-plus. — Gonzalez

Record: 58-39
Previous ranking: 2

Houston features one of baseball’s best offenses, if not the best, with its catchers the only position rating as anything as a sore spot. And that’s fine — the Astros favor defense at that position. Center field was an area of concern entering the campaign after the loss of George Springer in free agency, but the combination of Myles Straw and Chas McCormick has held up just fine. Recent rumors have connected Houston to Miami’s Starling Marte, who is apparently headed for free agency after talks on an extension with the Marlins failed to produce any results. Marte could replicate what the Astros were accustomed to getting from Springer. Still, given the strength and depth of Dusty Baker’s lineup, GM James Click’s top deadline priority could be pitching. — Bradford Doolittle

Record: 58-38
Previous ranking: 6

With the White Sox’s playoff odds hitting the high 90’s percentage at the start of July, their approach to the trade deadline is all about setting up the roster for the postseason. Chicago could use another reliever or two. One thing to keep in mind: Because the White Sox rotation has been good, durable and consistent, and because of the way they’ve been handled by Tony La Russa, the bullpen has faced fewer batters than any club in the majors. Assuming that dynamic carries into October, GM Rick Hahn can think in terms of matching up, rather than bulk. Does he have all the arms he needs for the key situations La Russa’s firemen will see when the stakes are at their highest? One thing we know: Stuff won’t be a problem. Chicago’s bullpen has put up the highest average pitch velocity of any relief staff in the majors. — Doolittle

Record: 58-38
Previous ranking: 4

The return of Chris Sale projects as the team’s biggest potential addition ahead of the playoff crunch, especially with the rotation struggling to match its early-season performance. How Boston approaches the trade deadline will partially depend on the performance of outfielder and top prospect Jarren Duran, who could help stabilize the platoon situation with Enrique Hernandez and Marwin Gonzalez. Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers called Duran “fearless,” citing his competitive at-bats early in his major league career. — Joon Lee

Record: 57-39
Previous ranking: 7

The loss of Tyler Glasnow for a significant stretch of time puts more focus on the team’s rotation, which lost Charlie Morton and Blake Snell after last season. While the team will need strong performances from Rich Hill and Shane McClanahan, keep an eye on the return of Chris Archer from injury. Archer has missed most of the season so far and his performance could be one of the main factors separating Tampa Bay from being a legit World Series contender and being another wild card-entry to the playoffs. — Lee

Record: 56-42
Previous ranking: 5

Through their first 111 plate appearances in July, Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer — two of the biggest reasons why the offense had underperformed to this point — were batting a combined .337/.423/.589. In his last start, Chris Paddack — a primary reason, alongside Blake Snell, for why the Padres’ bullpen has absorbed a major league high in innings thus far — shut the Braves out through five innings. Those are promising signs for a Padres team that still finds itself chasing the Giants and Dodgers in the division. Just as important, perhaps, would be the acquisition of another bat before the trade deadline, specifically one that could fit in the corner outfield and first base. Joey Gallo would be ideal. — Gonzalez

Record: 56-41
Previous ranking: 8

The All-Star break didn’t slow down Milwaukee, as the Brewers are proving to be a well-rounded team more and more every day. Sweeping the Reds over the weekend was the latest example, as they did it with pitching and late-inning offense. The latter ability wasn’t in their arsenal earlier this season but as they’ve gotten healthy — and gotten the full impact of shortstop Willy Adames — the Brewers have taken off. — Jesse Rogers

Record: 55-42
Previous ranking: 9

While the Athletics have ridden the success of Matt Olson and Tony Kemp in the lineup, in addition to Chris Bassitt and Sean Manaea in the rotation, they may be a few pieces away from being a strong championship contender. This team continues to be streaky, going 4-6 ahead of the All-Star break, and could use a trade addition to shore up its lack of depth in the outfield. — Lee

Record: 48-44
Previous ranking: 10

One of the team’s biggest X-factors will be the return of George Springer, who missed a significant chunk of the first half due to injury. Toronto currently finds itself in the mix for a wild card alongside the Seattle Mariners, Oakland, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. The team will need continued strong performances from Robbie Ray, among the leaders in baseball among starters in bWAR. — Lee

Record: 50-43
Previous ranking: 11

The Mets have already used 15 starting pitchers and will be looking to add at the trade deadline, especially with Jacob deGrom landing on the IL and Carlos Carrasco‘s rehab start in Triple-A on Tuesday not going well, as he allowed three walks and three home runs in 1⅔ innings. Edwin Diaz also needs to get back on track. He had been 19 for 20 in save chances, but has blown three opportunities in a row and allowed his first home run of the season. — David Schoenfield

Record: 50-44
Previous ranking: 13

The Yankees took two of three games from the Red Sox over the weekend. They are hitting crunch time in terms of determining their approach to the trade deadline. With hitters like Chris Gittens, Greg Allen, Ryan LaMarre and Trey Amburgey currently seeing playing time for New York, this certainly doesn’t look like the juggernaut many figured the Yankees would be before the season. New York found success against Boston by playing small ball and hitting for power. — Lee

Record: 47-47
Previous ranking: 21

After giving up four runs and two homers to a makeshift Yankees lineup on Tuesday, Aaron Nola‘s ERA is up to 4.64. Since May 9, he’s 3-5 with a 5.86 ERA and .508 slugging percentage allowed over 12 starts. The Phillies will try to add a center fielder and some bullpen depth at the deadline, but if they’re going to win the NL East they will need Nola to pitch better. — Schoenfield

Record: 51-45
Previous ranking: 16

Chris Flexen and rookie Logan Gilbert suddenly look like a pretty solid 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation. Flexen started using his changeup more and is 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA over his past nine starts. Gilbert scuffled his first few outings but has found his stride and is 4-0 with a 2.49 ERA and .185 average allowed over his past eight starts. — Schoenfield

Record: 46-48
Previous ranking: 15

Since we last wrote in this space, Ronald Acuna Jr. went down for the season with a torn ACL, the Braves acquired Joc Pederson and Stephen Vogt, Ian Anderson landed on the IL with shoulder inflammation and they lost another extra-inning game. On the bright side, Touki Toussaint‘s first start of 2021 was a success as he allowed one run and three hits in 6⅔ innings. Maybe he can finally deliver on his potential (he’s still just 25) and provide a lift to the rotation. — Schoenfield

Record: 49-47
Previous ranking: 12

A bad bullpen is dooming the Reds. What else is new? Luis Castillo has turned his season around but after pitching six scoreless innings on Saturday, he saw a 2-0 lead turn into a 7-4 Brewers win thanks to the pen. Similar later inning results occurred on Friday as well with Amir Garrett involved in blowing both leads. His 7-plus ERA should have the Reds thinking about subtracting instead of adding at the trade deadline. A weekend sweep of the Reds by the Brewers — in Cincinnati — may have sealed their fate. — Rogers

Record: 48-45
Previous ranking: 15

With the White Sox expanding their lead over Cleveland in the Central, the Indians are left in a precarious spot with the trade deadline approaching. They are still a fringe wild-card contender but currently are the least of a gaggle of teams within a few games of the second slot. A hot streak over the next 10 days would help, but Cleveland has a tough slate, with Tampa Bay, St. Louis and the White Sox lined up between now and the end of July. Worse, while Zach Plesac has returned to the struggling Cleveland rotation, neither Shane Bieber nor Aaron Civale will be back before July 30. Things just don’t appear to be lining up in a way that would pressure the Cleveland front office to proceed aggressively at the deadline. — Doolittle

Record: 46-48
Previous ranking: 17

The Angels began the second half by dropping two of three to the Mariners and losing both games to the A’s, a circumstance this team can ill-afford at the moment. There’s a desire within the organization to see what a lineup featuring Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Jared Walsh and Justin Upton looks like when all are healthy, a combination that could help the team make a run in August and September. But that is nowhere near the case at the moment. And the trade deadline is near. First-year general manager Perry Minasian could be tempted to deal his pending free agents before then, most notably closer Raisel Iglesias. — Gonzalez

Record: 45-50
Previous ranking: 18

Juan Soto is heating up in a big way — perhaps the Home Run Derby helped get his long ball swing going again. Heading into Wednesday’s game, Soto was hitting .475/.596/1.050 with seven home runs over an 11-game span. Just like that, he leads the NL in OBP and is slugging over .500. As for trades, with Mike Rizzo saying Starlin Castro will never play again for the Nationals, look for them to possibly add a third baseman. Kris Bryant would be the big name, or perhaps Eduardo Escobar. — Schoenfield

Record: 48-48
Previous ranking: 20

The Cardinals are treading water until they get healthy on the mound but it might be too little, too late. Unlike other veteran teams who are far from first place, it’s not likely St. Louis subtracts from its roster before July 30. As legacy players go, Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina are tied to the Cardinals as much as any two players in any franchise. St. Louis is hoping its 13 remaining games against the Brewers will be the difference. — Rogers

Record: 47-49
Previous ranking: 19

Joc Pederson was just the first of several trades to come as the Cubs’ six-year run of playing meaningful games in September is going to end this fall. Soon enough, they will move on from possibly Kris Bryant and Zach Davies. The Cubs did win their first series after the break, beating the lowly Diamondbacks, but that won’t stop them from reshaping their team. — Rogers

Record: 46-51
Previous ranking: 23

The Tigers aren’t a playoff contender and thus aren’t likely to make a splash at the trade deadline. Subtracting from the roster by dealing prospective free agents such as Jonathan Schoop might make more sense, or seeing what kind of young talent could be acquired from a group of veteran starters that would surely draw interest, if only all of them weren’t injured. Due to injuries, and because the Tigers have become one of the nice, unsung stories of the season by just continuing to get better, the trade deadline is kind of ill-timed for Detroit. It would be nice to see the team as constructed continue its shocking climb to .500. — Doolittle

Record: 41-55
Previous ranking: 22

Everyone loved the Marlins’ draft. Shortstop Khalil Watson, fifth on Kiley McDaniel’s draft board, fell to the Marlins with the 16th pick, a pick Kiley called the steal of the draft. High school catcher Joe Mack (31st overall) is a good athlete with power potential and third-round pick Jordan McCants is a high school shortstop with solid skills and a high ceiling if his hitting develops. — Schoenfield

Record: 41-55
Previous ranking: 25

Though the Twins are one of the most intriguing teams around with the trade deadline approaching, anyone anticipating a complete dismantling will likely be disappointed. Of course Minnesota will listen to offers for pending free agents such as Nelson Cruz, Andrelton Simmons, Michael Pineda, J.A. Happ and others. It would be negligent for a team so far out of the race not to. But keep in mind that the Twins are coming off consecutive division titles. For all the team’s overall struggles, the offense ranks sixth in the majors by OPS+. Before the season, ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel ranked the Twins’ minor-league system at No. 5. Minnesota can also entertain offers on Jose Berrios and Byron Buxton. It’s been a bad season, but the Twins are positioned to reload, not rebuild. — Doolittle

Record: 42-54
Previous ranking: 24

There are still questions as to how the Rockies’ makeshift front office will approach the looming trade deadline. Someone like Jon Gray, a pending free agent who’s putting together a solid season as a starting pitcher, will undoubtedly be gone. Superstar shortstop Trevor Story seemingly will be, too (unless the Rockies ultimately believe the draft-pick compensation from a qualifying offer would be more valuable than his current return). But what about more long-term pieces such as Charlie Blackmon and German Marquez? The Rockies might have to eat some money on the former and will surely demand a high return on the latter. — Gonzalez

Record: 39-55
Previous ranking: 26

There have been a lot of disappointing aspects to the 2021 season for Kansas City, and the run-up to the trade deadline hasn’t really offered the Royals any rays of sunshine. Free-agent-to-be Danny Duffy ended up on the IL with a flexor strain, all but wiping away the chances of the Royals finding a contending club to acquire his services. Fellow pending free agent Jorge Soler has continued to flounder, though he has hit a couple of homers lately. Given his team-friendly expiring contract and the fact that he is always capable of getting hot and carrying a team for a month, he still might attract some interest from a contender looking to add power. And then there’s Whit Merrifield, who sports a combination of steady all-around play and a contract extremely friendly to the team. With Adalberto Mondesi on hand and Bobby Witt Jr. now in Triple-A, the time may have finally come for the Royals to part with Merrifield. — Doolittle

Record: 35-61
Previous ranking: 27

The Rangers will be popular over the next week, but more for what they have to offer other clubs than what they do on the field. Kyle Gibson had a bad start on Monday coming off his All-Star appearance, but that shouldn’t dissuade possible suitors. Joey Gallo’s home run pace slowed down since getting hot before the All-Star Game but his left-handed power would still look good at Yankee Stadium or in Milwaukee. Texas is playing for the future, which could be shaped, in part, between now and July 30.— Rogers

Record: 36-60
Previous ranking: 28

The Pirates played spoiler to the injury-plagued Mets over the weekend, proving at least their lineup has some pop. Jacob Stallings‘ walk-off grand slam is about as good as it gets for a season highlight in Pittsburgh. The Pirates will still be subtracting from their team over the next week. Adam Frazier may or may not go, but reliever Richard Rodriguez should have a new home by July 30. — Rogers

Record: 31-64
Previous ranking: 29

Baltimore took a bunch of flyers on veterans this offseason such as Matt Harvey, Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco, but those additions have underperformed or been injured to create any meaningful value on the field or in the trade market. Cedric Mullins has had a breakout season, hitting .314/.378/.536 with 16 homers and 16 stolen bases, posting 3.8 bWAR, good for 10th among all position players, ahead of established stars such as Manny Machado, Juan Soto, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts. — Lee

Record: 30-68
Previous ranking: 30

The D-backs will be active before the trade deadline, but the big question is whether they’ll be engaged to the point where they’re trading away core players such as Ketel Marte, Carson Kelly and Zac Gallen, among others. D-backs general manager Mike Hazen was asked that question by local reporters on Tuesday and said: “They’re being asked about, but I wouldn’t really classify it as very serious conversation at this point with anybody. But you never know what’s going to happen. We have to be open-minded to any and all possibilities because of where we stand right now.” — Gonzalez

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Dave Roberts upset as Los Angeles fans boo Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen following blown save



Kenley Jansen served up the go-ahead home run to Wilmer Flores in Wednesday’s ninth inning, blowing his second consecutive save in the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ 4-2 loss to the first-place San Francisco Giants, then was booed vehemently by the home fans as he made his way back to the dugout.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts took exception to that.

“Fans certainly have a right to voice their frustrations,” Roberts said. “I get that. But I do believe that this guy, born and raised as a Dodger, what he does — he cares about the Dodgers, the fan base, and he’s shown that on the field, off the field. No one hurts more than he does, to be quite honest. He’s worked really hard to kind of get back, should’ve been an All-Star this year, and he’s had a fantastic season. … He was looking forward to pitching at home. And so for it to not go well — yeah, I’m disappointed to hear [the boos]. Certainly. He’s not gonna say it, but I am.”

Jansen has compiled 333 regular-season saves in 12 years with the Dodgers but has drawn the ire of fans over a string of inconsistent performances during these past three years, most notably in the postseason. The 33-year-old right-hander appeared to return to prime form in 2021, posting a 1.24 ERA while converting 21 of 23 save chances through his first 36 appearances. But he blew one-run leads against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday and against the Giants on Wednesday, denying his team a share of first place on both occasions.

Jansen began Wednesday’s ninth inning by surrendering a leadoff single to Buster Posey and then a two-run homer to Flores, the first he had allowed on a cutter all season. Jansen later gave up a one-out double to Darin Ruf and walked back-to-back hitters, loading the bases and paving the way for Victor Gonzalez to walk in an insurance run for the Giants. It marked Jansen’s first blown save against the Giants at Dodger Stadium since September 2013.

The Giants and Dodgers have faced each other 12 times this season, and nine of those games have been decided by three runs or fewer. The last two hinged on go-ahead home runs in the ninth inning — the first time that has occurred in this rivalry since at least 1961, according to research from Elias Sports Bureau. The two teams face each other four more times over the next eight days, including Thursday’s series finale.

Jansen has no time to dwell on the booing.

“It’s just a bad one,” he said of his performance. “I don’t wanna overthink it. I worked my butt off too hard to let one moment like this try to mess your season up. Ain’t no time to think about it. These guys are gonna play us tough like this the rest of the year, and we just gotta keep battling. I gotta do better. That’s pretty much it.”

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After ‘a good ride,’ Toronto Blue Jays close out stint in Buffalo with loss, eye return to Rogers Centre



BUFFALO, N.Y. — For the city of Buffalo, it was fun while it lasted.

After not hosting a Major League Baseball game since its days as a Federal League outpost in 1915, Buffalo made the most of its opportunity, hosting the Toronto Blue Jays over two seasons because of coronavirus concerns.

It all ended Wednesday night, as J.D. Martinez and Hunter Renfroe connected back-to-back to help the Boston Red Sox won a home run derby, beating Toronto 7-4 in the final MLB game to be played in the city for the foreseeable future.

In the middle of the third inning, Toronto players and coaches came out of the dugout to salute the fans at Sahlen Field.

In the end, there was no mistaking the finality of the Blue Jays’ tenure along Lake Erie as Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” played on the stadium’s sound system just after Boston finished its on-field celebration.

The Blue Jays will return to Toronto on July 30 after the Canadian government granted them an exemption to the U.S.-Canada travel ban. The Blue Jays haven’t played at Rogers Centre since 2019 because of coronavirus protocols. They began the season playing home games in their spring-training ballpark in Dunedin, Florida before shifting up to Buffalo when the more reliable summer weather rolled in.

“It’s been a good ride here,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “We’re never going to forget that this was the place where we clinched the playoffs last year. The crowds have been great. It was a great idea by our crew (to thank the fans).”

Though there were many nights, especially against the Red Sox and New York Yankees this year, where the Blue Jays may have felt like the road team in Buffalo, considering the amount of fans both of those clubs brought to the stands.

Wednesday was no different. Red Sox Nation was loud and proud in the stands, as Kike Hernandez, Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis also connected for Boston. And this was after the Red Sox went deep six times in Monday’s 13-4 win over Toronto.

It was the first time the Red Sox hit at least five homers in consecutive games against one opponent since doing it to the Yankees in June 1977.

“We did an amazing job, coming here against a tough team,” said Boston manager Alex Cora, whose club scored just six runs in three games in New York against the Yankees before sweeping Toronto. “We ended up 3-2 on this road trip, so it was a positive one for how bad it supposedly looked over the weekend.”

Hernandez, who has nine homers in his last 25 games after being held without one in 23 previous games, can’t explain the turnaround.

“I don’t have a secret,” Hernandez said. “I’m just trying to get good at-bats, make good decisions at the pitches that I want to swing at. And it’s going well for me right now. I’m just going to try and do my job.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 32nd homer for Toronto. George Springer added a two-run shot in the sixth and Teoscar Hernandez followed with a homer for Toronto, which finished its residency in Buffalo with a 12-11 record this season.

Including games played at the home of their Triple-A team in Florida, the Blue Jays ended with a 29-20 mark as a home team playing in the United States. Their game against Boston on Tuesday night was rained out.

Before the game, Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro presented a check for $25,000 to the Buffalo Bisons Charitable Foundation in thanks for the support provided by Toronto’s top minor league affiliate.

Buffalo fans returned the favor, as crowds in excess of 10,000 turned out for six of Toronto’s last eight home games, with Wednesday’s attendance of 14,607 topping the ledger.

Hernandez hit a two-run shot in the third inning, and Devers and Chavis hit leadoff drives in the fourth and fifth innings. Martinez and Renfroe connected in the eighth as Boston raised its AL-leading road record to 30-19.

Garrett Richards (6-5) allowed four hits in 5 2/3 innings and won a second straight start for the first time since mid-May. He struck out four.

Garrett Whitlock pitched 1 1/3 innings and Adam Ottavino worked the eighth. Matt Barnes pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

“We pitched well the whole road trip,” Cora said. “The bullpen was amazing. (Richards) was pounding the strike zone, changing speeds, using both sides of the plate. We loved what we saw.”

Robbie Ray (8-5) allowed the first three Boston homers and struck out four over five innings in the loss, his shortest outing since a 4 2/3-inning stint on June 18 at Baltimore.

Toronto’s Danny Jansen left the game after his seventh-inning double, pulling up after rounding first with hamstring tightness. On the hit, Boston’s Danny Santana stumbled in left field after trying to reach for the ball and left the game with right groin tightness.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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