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Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 20,070

Red Sox look to start another win streak vs. Blue Jays

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Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Red Sox went 13-6 versus the Blue Jays last season, including 8-1 on the road. It was Boston's highest road winning percentage (.889) versus a division opponent since also going 8-1 versus Baltimore in 2009.
  2. The Red Sox were no-hit by the Athletics on Saturday, the first time they have been no-hit since 1993 (Chris Bosio of the Mariners). They proceeded to lose Sunday's game, 4-1, losing a series for the first time this season.
  3. Rick Porcello is 4-0 with a 1.40 ERA, his lowest ERA through four starts of the season in his career. After leading MLB with 38 home runs allowed last season, Porcello has yet to allow a home run this season.
  4. In his last six games, Mitch Moreland is batting .500 (10-for-20), including two games with four RBI. Prior to that, Moreland was batting .217 (5-for-23) with only two RBI in 10 games.
  5. The Blue Jays lost three-of-four in the series versus the Yankees and were outscored in the last two games, 14-2. Toronto averages 7.77 runs in wins compared to just 1.88 in losses, the largest difference in the AL.
  6. Toronto's relievers have a 1.99 ERA so far this season, the lowest in the AL. In addition, the bullpen has a 3.94 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the second highest in MLB (Indians, 4.58).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/24/2018 thru 4/26/2018

TORONTO -- The Boston Red Sox have had a sensational start to the season and the Toronto Blue Jays, slow starters in recent seasons, have had a better than expected beginning.

When the two American League East leaders open a three-game series Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre, however, both teams will be coming off their first series losses of the season after dropping their past two games.

The Red Sox (17-4) lost twice in a row to the Athletics in Oakland, including a no-hitter on Saturday, and a 4-1 decision Sunday. They had been averaging 6.5 runs in their first 19 games.

"You never want long losing streaks," Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland said. "This team is capable of anything. We had two games where we had good pitching against us. That's going to happen.

"But we have a great offense and great pitching. This is a very good team, so I think we're going to be able to limit that long-term damage where you lose a lot of games."

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said, "We think we have a great offensive club, but this is going to happen. We're not going to score seven, eight runs a night."

The Blue Jays (13-8) lost the final two games of a four-game series against the Yankees on Saturday and Sunday in New York to go 1-3 in the set.

The Blue Jays lost 5-1 Sunday, held to three hits in seven innings by Yankees starter Luis Severino.

"We did have some opportunities, not so much (Sunday), but the first three games," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

"You know, we've been (playing) really well, really well lately," said Toronto left-hander Jaime Garcia, who took the loss Sunday. "The guys are swinging really amazing, the bullpen has been unbelievable and we as starting pitchers, we feel like we're going to take off.

"We believe in ourselves. We just got stay focused on the process, continue to compete, continue to give us a chance to win and in the long term, things will go that way."

Right-hander Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.40 ERA) will start Tuesday for Boston. Left-hander J.A. Happ (3-1, 4.50 ERA) will go for Toronto.

Porcello has pitched a total of 13 innings without giving up a run in his past two starts and has won all four of his outings this season.

In 21 career outings (20 starts) against the Blue Jays, he is 9-9 with a 4.98 ERA. He has two or fewer earned runs in each of his past three starts at the Rogers Centre. In 11 career games (10 starts) at Rogers Centre, he is 4-6 with a 4.99 ERA.

Happ is 7-3 with a 3.22 ERA in 17 career outings (16 starts) against the Red Sox.

The Blue Jays were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position Sunday in New York with their only run coming on a home run by Teoscar Hernandez.

Seven of the outfielder's 12 hits this season have gone for extra bases (three doubles, one triple and three home runs).

The Blue Jays reached 13 wins this season in 19 games after needing 34 games to win their 13th last season. They need one more win to guarantee that they will finish at .500 or better for March-April.

During the previous five seasons, Toronto had the worst March-April record in the majors, going 52-75 (.409).

In winning 17 of their first 20 games entering Sunday, the Red Sox matched the franchise's best start through 20 games. The 1946 Red Sox also won 17 of their first 20 on the way to a 21-3 start. The Red Sox were the first team to win 17 of their first 20 games since the 2003 Yankees (17-3) and 1987 Milwaukee Brewers (18-2).

The Red Sox believe that they're equipped to avoid long losing streaks.

"With our pitching staff, that's the case," Cora said. "Offensively, we feel capable of scoring runs every night. We're capable of scoring a lot. We're not going to score seven or eight every night, but this offense is going to be fine. We're going to hit. We still have had a good road trip, 4-2. We need to go to Toronto and win the series."

Updated April 23, 2018

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