Blue Jays spoil debut for new Red Sox starter


Toronto pitcher Jacob Waguespack spent the day before his first major league start as a tourist in Fenway Park, signing his name inside the Green Monster and FaceTiming his high school coaches from the dugout.

When the time came for him to take the mound, it was the Red Sox who were caught looking.

The Blue Jays right-hander limited the defending World Series champions to one run before they figured him out in the fifth inning, and Toronto pounded new Boston starter Andrew Cashner for a 10-4 victory on Tuesday night.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a single, double and triple for the Blue Jays, who lost three of their previous four games.

“First time in Boston. It’s great to pitch in Fenway Park,” said Waguespack, whose father, stepmother, brothers and girlfriend were there to see him. “It gets pretty loud when you give up runs. So hopefully it will be a little better next time.”

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Home runs from Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernandez helped the Blue Jays to a 10-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. 1:44

Justin Smoak also homered for Toronto, which led 4-1 before the Red Sox tied it and chased Waguespack in the fifth. The Blue Jays took the lead right back with two runs in the sixth, and then added four in the ninth.

“The one thing about the big leagues: You face a lineup for the third time and they usually get you,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “And they did.”

Cashner (9-4) was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday to help bolster the Boston rotation, but quickly fell behind 4-1 and then failed to get an out in the sixth.

In all, the bushy-bearded right-hander allowed six runs — five earned — on eight hits and two walks, striking out two. He also gave up two homers, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch on a third strike that allowed Hernandez to reach first.

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Xander Bogaerts had a single, double and home run, and Mookie Betts also had three hits for Boston, which fell 10 games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Waguespack allowed four runs on six hits and three walks, striking out two and blowing a 4-1 lead in the fifth when Betts hit a two-run single and scored when Bogaerts singled to end Waguespack’s night. Justin Shafer (1-1) got J.D. Martinez to end the inning.

Then Cashner gave the lead back in the sixth.

“It wasn’t very good, especially after we scored those runs to tie the game back up and give up a leadoff homer,” he said. “So that’s probably the toughest blow of the game.”

Smoak hit the first pitch out to right-centre, and Freddy Galvis singled to chase Cashner. Hernandez reached on a fielder’s choice, went from first to third on a bad pickoff attempt by reliever Josh Taylor and scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-4.

“We got him out, and we throw the ball away, and then the wild pitch,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “They have to earn it, and we just gave it to them.”