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Baseball fans must have done a double take on Friday night when the final score of the Boston Red Sox – Toronto Blue Jays game hit their screens.
The Blue Jays defeated their division rivals 28-5.
The Blue Jays scored 28 runs at Fenway Park, setting a franchise record for runs scored in a single game that came within two runs Major League Baseball’s record for most runs scored in a game.
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The 28 runs are allowed Boston is also a franchise recordand eclipsed the previous high of 27 allowed against the Baltimore Orioles in 1923.
“It was hard to watch,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said, according to Boston.com. “It was tough being in the dugout, to be honest. You know it and I do as well.”
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Every Toronto starter had at least two hits that night, like that Blue Jays jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the fourth inning and made an 11th at the top of the fifth to take a 25-3 lead.
The 11 runs in the fifth inning set a franchise record for a single inning, a tally Toronto had equaled four times before.
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“That was great,” said Toronto caretaker coach John Schneider. “We talked before the game about coming out a little bit sleepy and hot. I think we obviously came out hot.”
In the third inning, Boston center fielder Jarren Duran misplayed a routine fly ball, allowing Raimel Tapia to round bases for an inside-the-park grand slam, only the second in Blue’s history jay
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“I just lost it in the twilight,” Duran said. “It’s happening. (Verdugo) was right there. Obviously I should have taken a step or two. He was about to slap me on the ball. I just didn’t want to get in his way. … Next time , I know I’ll be a or two steps.”
The great thing about baseball? Boston will have a chance to wash away Friday night’s stench with the second game of its three-game streak against Toronto, scheduled for Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET.
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“At the end of the day, as an organization, we’re trying to do better this season and in the future,” said Cora. “We spoke very loudly about it. The rankings are the rankings and we are judged on what we do.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report