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Stroman’s strong start leads Jays to comfortable 6-1 win

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MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 6 Red Sox 1

After yesterday’s roller coaster ride of a gamechart, today’s game was a far more linear affair as the Jays took the lead early and added to it while Marcus Stroman kept Boston off the scoreboard:

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After a quiet first inning, the second inning appeared to he headed in a similar direction after two quick outs. With two out Rowdy Tellez continued his run of hitting with a ground rule double, and Brandon Drury brought him in with a single for a 1-0 lead.

They doubled the lead in the third, which started similarly with two outs before Lourdes Gurriel singled for his second hit of the game. Cavan Biggio followed with a double of his own, though the Jays stranded him and a Freddy Galvis double in not being able to blow the game wide open.

That would wait the 6th, with Biggio walking and Galvis doubling to start the inning. As with last night, the Jays got some help with unforced error from Red Sox pitching, as Rick Porcello balked home Biggio to make it 3-0. A couple of walks loaded the bases with two out, and Danny Jansen snuck a ground ball into left to plate two and bring the tally to 5-0.

They added the final run on a solo shot by Eric Sogard in the 8th, though squandered a pretty good opportunity in the 7th after Gurriel led off with a double. Biggio couldn’t get him over, and Galvis was stranded with him after walking.

The good news is it was more than enough as Stroman went six shutout innings, and while it wasn’t his cleanest outing, containing the potent Red Sox lineup is plenty impressive. He only allowed six runners to reach, but three of those were singles strung together with one out in the second. But Gurriel nailed Brock Holt at the plate on the last of those, preserving the 1-0 lead.

The other significant threat was a couple of runners with one out in the third, after a single and walk to put two on. But Stroman got a pair of groundouts to end the inning, and then worked a perfect innings in the 4th and 5th as the Jays built the lead before working around a leadoff single in the 6th and finishing his outing with a couple of strikeouts to finish with six.

For the first time in the series, a significant lead was safe as the bullpen took the game home with relatively little drama. Tim Mayza and David Phelps worked around a baserunner each in the 7th and 8th inning respectively. Joe Biagini did cough up the shutout when he couldn’t handle a throw from first after allowing a leadoff double, but otherwise had a good outing with a couple strikeouts and routine grounders.

Jays of the Day: Stroman (+0.331 WPA), Biggio (+0.144). We’ll give Gurriel (0.023) one too for the three hits.

Blew Jays: None, with Randall Grichuk coming closest (-0.087)

The Jays travel a little south to take on the Yankees starting tomorrow, as Aaron Sanchez will look to turnaround his season as he takes on C.C. Sabathia at 7:05 eastern.