Devers hit his 20th home run as Boston beat Toronto 7-6

Rafael Devers hit his 20th home run, Justin Turner homered and scored three times and the Boston Red Sox spoiled Canada Day celebrations in Toronto by beating the Blue Jays 7-6 on Saturday.

Right fielder Alex Verdugo tagged out Bo Bichette at the plate for the final out of the game after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single off Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen. George Springer scored on the play, but Bichette was tagged out for catcher Caleb Hamilton. Toronto’s challenge was unsuccessful.

Verdugo’s assist gave Jansen his 17th save in 20 chances.

Devers went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and scored twice. Turner went 3-for-5 with two RBIs as Boston got back to .500 at 42-42. The Red Sox are 37-13 when scoring four or more runs.

Matt Chapman hit a two-run homer, and Springer and Bichette hit solo homers, but the Blue Jays fell to 16-28 all-time on the Canadian national holiday, disappointing a crowd of 41,813.

The Blue Jays wore red caps and jerseys for their eighth Canada Day meeting with the Red Sox. Toronto is 2-6 in those games.

Red Sox right-hander Kutter Crawford (3-4) pitched 5 2/3 innings to win for the second time in three starts, and Boston won its second straight after an league-worst five-game losing streak. season.

Chapman scored from third base on a missed interception throw by Josh Winckowski in the seventh inning, then turned the game into a run with a home run to the opposite field in the eighth inning, his 11th.

Jansen replaced Winckowski after Danny Jansen walked to put runners on first and second. After both runners advanced on a double steal, Cavan Biggio lined to right, but his drive landed just foul. Jansen struck out Biggio on a full-count pitch to preserve Boston’s lead.

Turner made it 7-5 with a leadoff homer off Erik Swanson in the ninth, his 13th.

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The Red Sox are 6-0 against Toronto this season after losing 16 of 19 games last year. The Blue Jays last lost six straight games to Boston in 2018.

Springer led off the scoring with his 56th career home run and his fourth this season. Only Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson (81) hit more.

Springer’s 12th home run of the season came on an 0-2 pitch.

Devers responded with a two-run homer off lefty Yusei Kikuchi in the third, but Bichette’s home run, his 15th, tied the game in the bottom half.

Toronto’s Kevin Kiermaier hit Crawford in the right hip area with a line drive in the fifth. The ball bounced off catcher Caleb Hamilton, who tagged out the speedy Kiermaier at first base.

Kikuchi (7-3) allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings to lose for the first time since May 24 at Tampa Bay. He struck out two and walked seven.

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