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.
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