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Blue Jays edge Red Sox to end 7-game losing streak

Rowdy Tellez hit a go-ahead two-run shot in the fifth inning — one of three Toronto homers on the night — as the Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Tuesday at Rogers Centre.

Toronto smacks 3 home runs in series opener at Rogers Centre

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire is greeted by teammate Jonathan Davis after he hit a home run against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning along the way to a 4-3 win in Toronto on Tuesday. (Fred Thornhill/Canadian Press)

T.J. Zeuch's opening pitch in his first big-league start was one he'd like to have back.

The Toronto right-hander will still have fond memories of the game's end result.

Zeuch refocused after Boston's Mookie Betts homered on the first pitch and his Blue Jays teammates picked him up with three home runs in a 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

"Facing that lineup, he did a good job," said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. "I know he feels good about it."

Cavan Biggio and Reese McGuire hit solo shots for Toronto while Rowdy Tellez hit a go-ahead two-run blast in the fifth inning as the Blue Jays (56-89) ended a seven-game losing skid.

"We didn't keep the ball in the ballpark," said Boston manager Alex Cora. "When you don't do that, you pay the price at this level."

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Rowdy Tellez homered in the fifth inning to drive in the game-winning run, giving Toronto a 4-3 win over Boston. 1:32

Zeuch did well to keep his composure after Betts launched the ball off the foul screen in left field. It was his 28th homer of the year.

The Red Sox scorched a few more pitches in the opening frame off the 2016 first-round pick. Zeuch gave up a pair of singles before retiring the side.

"I thought I made adjustments to keep the ball a little farther down in the zone as the game went on," Zeuch said. "But I didn't keep the ball in the zone as much as I would have liked to and it cost me."

He worked 4 1/3 innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs, three walks while striking out one.

Reliever Justin Shafer (2-1) worked 1 1/3 innings for the win in the opener of a six-game homestand. Ken Giles closed things out in the ninth for his 19th save.

Searching for wins

The Red Sox (76-69) have lost four games in a row. Toronto's skid was its longest since a seven-gamer in April 2017.

Biggio tied the game in the third inning by turning on a 1-2 offering from Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi for his 13th homer of the year. McGuire went deep in the fourth for his fifth homer of the season.

The Red Sox chased Zeuch in the fifth after doubles by Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez. Reliever Buddy Boshers gave up a two-out single to Andrew Benintendi that scored Martinez to put Boston up 3-2.

Eovaldi worked 4 1/3 innings and allowed six hits, three earned runs and two walks while fanning six.

His replacement, Josh Taylor (1-2), was greeted with Tellez's 18th homer of the year. Biggio also came across after reaching on a leadoff walk.

"I'm just getting to pitches that I need to get to," Tellez said. "I'm not trying to do too much. Sometimes in situations when I was younger, I was trying to hit balls a country mile when all you need to do is hit it right over the wall."