June 22: Toronto 5, Boston 3
Tony Fernandez made an error in the fourth that prolonged the inning enough for Dwight Evans to knock his first dinger of the year and give Boston a two run lead. But the Jays came back to tie it in the sixth on hits by Roberto Alomar, Fred McGriff, and Shawn Green. It was still tied going in to the eighth when McGriff, Rance Mulliniks, Green, and Shannon Stewart all hit ’em where they weren’t to put Toronto on top.
Jimmy Key was marvelous for eight innings against a frightening Boston lineup, and Tom Henke nailed down the ninth.
R H BB BOS 010 200 000 - 3 6 2 TOR 100 002 02x - 5 13 1 HR: D. Evans (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Young 7.2 5 5 0 1 3 J. Key 8.0 3 1 1 2 1 BOS 46-27, TOR 36-37
June 23: Toronto 5, Boston 4
After beating Cy Young, the Blue Jays took down Smoky Joe Wood next, again putting up a five spot against a legend. Jose Bautista took Wood yard for a two-run shot in the third, which McGriff followed with a triple, and came around to score on a sac fly by Mulliniks. Bautista scored the winning run in the fifth on another Mulliniks sac fly.
Juan Guzman was cruising for six innings against Boston before they started getting to him in the seventh to get within a run. Toronto then leaned on lefty Scott Downs for 2.2 scoreless innings to close out a surprising series win for T.O.
R H BB BOS 000 100 300 - 4 11 4 TOR 003 020 00x - 5 8 4 HR: J. Bautista (14) starters IP R ER HR BB SO S.J. Wood 8.0 5 5 1 4 6 J. Guzman 6.1 4 4 0 2 3 BOS 46-28, TOR 37-37
June 24: Boston 8, Toronto 7 (11 innings)
Lefty Grove couldn’t stop the Blue Jays bats either and was chased from the game after getting just nine outs and giving up six. Toronto was in the driver’s seat to finish off a shocking sweep as they took a 7-1 lead into the sixth inning.
The Red Sox stormed back to get within a run in the sixth with a rally that was capped off by a Carlton Fisk bomb. In the eighth, Fisk crushed another homer that tied the game.
Toronto reliever Mark Eichhorn was going in the 11th and started the inning with two strikeouts. But then Wade Boggs doubled and Carl Yastrzemski singled him in to salvage a game for Boston.
The Red Sox lead in the Original is down to two games, and the Blue Jays are deadlocked with the Royals for first in the Expansion. Toronto is the only Expansion team not getting destroyed in inter-division play so far, and are an impressive 11-10 against the senior clubs.
R H BB BOS 100 005 010 01 - 8 13 4 TOR 040 210 000 00 - 7 9 4 HR: C. Fisk-2 (7) starters IP R ER HR BB SO L. Grove 3.0 6 6 0 2 1 D. Alexander 5.1 5 4 1 3 1 BOS 47-28, TOR 37-38