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TORONTO – Late game plays. Post-season intensity. A digging dust-up, too.

The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays ramped up their rivalry Wednesday in a 10-inning matchup between the American League East teams.

Boston managed to avoid a three-game sweep by hanging on to a 6-5 victory at the Rogers Center. Matt Strom (3-2) gave up two runs in 10th place before George Springer was in a run-scoring position in a flyout.

“It’s like playing playoff games every day,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “It’s how it feels and it feels good. It’s not going to stop.”

Boston took three runs in 10th place, with reliever David Phelps (0-2) giving up two runs before hitting a bat, taking home automatic runner Jackie Bradley Jr. Alex Verdogo scored a double-hundred off two balls with Tim Misa.

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Santiago Espinal and Cavan Pijio each scored a run in the lower half, but Boston (43-33) were trapped as they won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Verdugo also made a home run for the Red Sox and Francie Cortero had four wins, moving into a half-game in third-placed Toronto with the win. Springer scored a solo shot for Blue Jace (42-33).

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“We’re down a little bit, but we’re going to keep fighting and keep going after it and try to win games,” Toronto starter Alec Manoa said.

After starting the rally with a pinch-hit single in the win a night earlier, Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk helped get the offense going again in the series finale.

He drew a leadoff walk from Boston starter Nick Pivetta in the second inning and moved to second on a Rymel Tapia single. Espinal then drove in Kirk with the game’s opening run.

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Cordero tied it when he scored on a Rob Refsnyder sacrifice fly in the third. Tensions rose in the bottom half of the frame after Pivetta hit Kirk in the left elbow with a pitch.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. said a few words from the excavation site for the Victorian, and led the charge when the holes and grasshoppers were empty. The two teams often jailed each other, and Springer joined Guerrero to help prevent things from escalating.

Kirk, one of the hottest hitters in major leagues, stayed in the game.

“I don’t know what the purpose of this is,” Montoyo said. “I can’t read their minds, I’m not that smart. I know what I know, but I keep it to myself.

Toronto loaded the bases but Tapia ended the threat.

“I don’t hit a lot of guys,” Pivetta said. “I think the way they acted was unfair. That’s not what I’m trying to do in that situation.

Springer made a comeback in his 15th Homer season with a crowd of 27,601 in the fifth inning. J.D. His defensive skills were also in shape as he picked up a good diving catch in sixth place on the Singing Liner from Martinez.

Xander Bogaerts then singled in the frame and scored on Verdugo’s sixth homer of the year.

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Pivetta was pulled in after giving Piggio the lead-off walk in the seventh inning. The booze slogan was given while walking to the Canadian duckout.

Toronto even played in the eighth inning. Lourdes Curiel Jr. hit a one-out double and tapia doubled off pinch-runner Bradley Zimmer off reliever Ryan Brazier.

The Red Sox had a runner on the third floor against Jordan Romano in the ninth inning, but he knocked out pinch-hitter Bobby Dolbeck and took Bradley into the flyout.

The game took three hours and 54 minutes to play.

Pitching schemes

The potential pitchers for Toronto’s upcoming five-game series against Tampa Bay have yet to be formally announced, but manager Charlie Montoyo said Yusei Kikuchi has been selected as the starter Thursday night.

Jose Berrios will pitch Friday and Kevin Gassman will start Saturday, although it has not been determined whether he will start Game 1 or 2 of the doubleheader.

Martin Honor

Former Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin will be honored during pre-game ceremonies on Canada Day in recognition of his impact on Canadian baseball.

Four-time All-Star was born in Toronto and raised in Montreal. Martin played in 1,693 major league games in 14 seasons before retiring last month.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 29, 2022.

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