Toronto starter Kevin Cousman set the opening tone in the opening game of the main three-game series against the Boston Red Sox on Monday night in Toronto.
Blue Jace’s offense took care of the rest.
Gaussman threw seven shutout innings – retiring the first eight batters in a row – ending Boston’s seven-game winning streak with a 7-2 victory. George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Matt Chapman made their home for the Blue Jazes, moving a half-game behind the Red Sox, who finished second in the U.S. League East division stages.
Springer and Guerrero went deep into Toronto’s three runs in the third inning, with Chapman finishing Boston starter Connor Seapold’s night with a two – run shot in fifth.
Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez both had two wins each. It was Boston’s third defeat in 14 games (42-32).
The game began with an eight-game homestead for the Blue Jazz (41-32) against the American League East Division opponents.
Toronto will play a rare five-game series later this week – including a doubleheader on Saturday – against Tampa Bay Race, who are halfway to the bottom of the table behind Toronto.
Springer drew a lead-off walk in the first inning and Pichet doubled the lead. The ball curled in the wrong area below the left-field line and took an unusual bounce from the tail padding, allowing Springer to score without a throw.
Kausman (6-6), who has lost his last three results, has thrown more than 110 pitches this season. He allowed four wins and two walks when he hit 10 runs.
“I definitely got some calls and it helps me,” he said. “It was a huge zone.”
Springer hit a solo shot in the third inning for his 14th homer. Pichet Singlet and Guerrero followed their team-leading 18th homer with a game-high exit speed of 108.2 mph.
Chapman’s Blast is the 11th homer of the season. Seabold (0-1) allowed 7 runs, nine wins and one walk over 4 2/3 innings.
Boston tackled only one extra-base win for Rafael Divers in the sixth inning, which Carrom did from the side of the second inning before jumping to the left field.
This is Kausman’s ninth grade start this season.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora says, “He initially attacks the strike zone and then he expands.” If you expand with him, you’ll have nights like this.
David Phelps threw a clean eighth inning, and Shawn Anderson gave up two runs in the ninth game before Rob Refsnider flew out with two runners.
The Rogers Center was reported to have 25,498 visitors. The game took two hours and 59 minutes to play.
The Kirk star rises
Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk is the third American league player to vote in next month’s All-Star match.
Guerrero leads the first-place poll (1,624,228), Pichet leads the shortstop (1,084,794) and Springer holds the third outfield slot (1,048,403).
The roster moves
Prior to the game, Blue Jays selected right-handed player Jeremy Beasley for the Triple-A Buffalo and selected Anderson for the Major-League list.
Anderson played 14 games for the Bison team this season and was 2-1 with an average of 3.91. Blue Jays left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (elbow) transferred to 60-day injury list.