No lead is safe at Fenway - especially with this bullpen

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

Not even the blowout wins are easy.

The Red Sox put up two five-run innings and STILL had to hang on for dear life, holding off a late Blue Jays rally for a 10-8 win at Fenway Park Monday night.

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The offense was off to an early start with a run-scoring single by Andrew Benintendi and a grand slam by Michael Chavis (pictured) in the bottom of the first inning.

Rick Porcello gave up a pair of runs in the second and third innings, but settled down enough to get through six innings and even his record at 7-7. He allowed eight hits but did not walk a batter and struck out two.

Boston scored five times in the bottom of the third on a two-RBI single by Rafael Devers, a single by Xander Bogaerts, and a double by Benintendi that plated two.

Enter the bullpen.

Exit any sense of calm.

Ryan Brasier gave up three straight one-out hits, a sacrifice fly and another bunt single for two runs in the eighth before giving way to Matt Barnes who promptly gave up a two-run single turning a blowout into a nail biter.

Bogaerts led the offense with three hits. Mookie Betts, Devers, Benintendi, and Brock Holt each had two.

The grand slam by the rookie Chavis was the first of his career.

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