BOSTON — The Red Sox entered Wednesday 3-11 with a negative-46 run differential against the Blue Jays this season.
They were without Xander Bogaerts (back), Tommy Pham (back) and Christian Arroyo (knee, back). They had rookie Brayan Bello on the mound and Bobby Dalbec out of position. He was making his first ever professional start at shortstop.
Boston kept it close, bringing the game to extras but it lost 3-2 to Toronto in 10 innings here at Fenway Park.
George Springer crushed an RBI double off the Green Monster against Ryan Brasier in the top of the 10th to put the Blue Jays ahead.
Boston failed to plate the automatic runner in the bottom of the 10th. Alex Verdugo flied out to center field. J.D. Martinez grounded out to third base and Kiké Hernández struck out swinging after Toronto intentionally walked Rafael Devers.
Red Sox squander eighth-inning opportunity
Alex Verdugo singled to lead off the eighth inning and Rafael Devers doubled with one out to put two runners in scoring position. But the Blue Jays brought in righty Anthony Bass who struck out both Kiké Hernández and Bobby Dalbec swinging.
Reese McGuire led off the ninth inning with a single. But Jarren Duran then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
Dalbec at SS
Bobby Dalbec made his first professional start at shortstop Wednesday with Xander Bogaerts (back) out. Christian Arroyo also couldn’t start after he got banged up (knee and back) sliding into first base Tuesday.
Dalbec cleanly fielded all six grounders to him. He had putouts on each play, including starting a 6-4-3 double play in the second inning.
Dalbec entering Wednesday having played just 4 innings in the major leagues at shortstop (two chances, two putouts), all coming last year. He played just 3 innings there in the minor leagues.
Franchy Cordero gave the Red Sox an early 2-0 lead. His two-run homer to left field went an estimated 350 feet.
It marked Cordero’s sixth homer this season.
Bello strikes out 7, tops out at 98.7 mph
Red Sox rookie starter Brayan Bello pitched 5 innings, allowing two runs, six hits and one walk while striking out seven. He topped out at 98.7 mph with his four-seam fastball.
He threw 32 two-seam fastballs, averaging 96.4 mph and topping out at 97.9 mph, per Baseball Savant. His 10 four-seam fastballs averaged 97.5 mph.
He recorded seven swings-and-misses with his changeup, four with his two-seamer and one each with his four-seamer and slider.
He allowed RBI singles to Alejandro Kirk (fourth inning) and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (fifth inning).
Thursday’s series finale
The Red Sox and Blue Jays will finish their three-game series here Thursday.
Kevin Gausman (9-9, 2.99 ERA) will start for Toronto opposite Red Sox righty Kutter Crawford (3-5, 5.14 ERA). First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.