BOSTON — Reese McGuire tripled to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning but the Red Sox failed to score. Bobby Dalbec and Tommy Pham struck out swinging. Rafael Devers grounded out.
J.D. Martinez singled and Xander Bogaerts doubled to lead off the ninth. The Blue Jays intentionally walked Christian Arroyo to load the bases with no outs.
But Boston again failed to score.
Franchy Cordero struck out swinging and Kiké Hernández grounded into a 5-3 double play.
The Red Sox lost 6-5 to the Blue Jays in 10 innings here at Fenway Park on Friday.
Toronto plated its extra-inning automatic runner on George Springer’s fielder’s choice to shortstop. Bogaerts’ throw home was late. Cavan Biggio slid in with the go-ahead run.
“It’s got to be better, man. That’s the bottom line,” manager Alex Cora said. “You see the difference with them. You see George putting the ball in play. … They didn’t get a single in the last inning. It was a ground ball to the shortstop (that) advanced the runner. Put the ball in play with two strikes and great baserunning play and they score.”
Boston went 3-for-20 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.
“Offensively, it’s been going on for a while,” Cora said. “We haven’t been good for a while. We’re supposed to hit. It hasn’t happened.”
Cora said the Red Sox need to make a conscious effort to use the whole field in situations where contact must be made with two strikes and a runner at third.
“We haven’t done that and that’s on us,” Cora said. “We’ve gotta keep preaching that. We’ve gotta be better.”
Cora also pointed out the Red Sox need to be more patient in those situations.
“I think we’re better than that,” Cora said. “You’ve gotta take your walks, too, in those situations. They’re not going to give in. Springer walked like three times today. And he had men in scoring position and just passed the baton. That’s the difference right now between us and other teams.”
The impatient Red Sox walked just twice while Blue Jays hitters drew seven walks.
“It’s baseball, I guess, from a perspective of crazy stuff happens this time of year,” hitting coach Pete Fatse said. “We’re battling for wins. I don’t want to stay it’s disbelief. I think it’s one of those things where we have to continue to work in those situations to get pitches we want to hit. When we get those opportunities, we’ve got to put the ball in play and move the ball forward. It’s something we’ve been talking about all year. It’s something we’ve done poorly, we’ve done really well at times. It’s just we have to keep it going. We’ve got to keep our foot on the gas there.”