MLB

Red Sox edge Blue Jays at Fenway in series opener with just 3 hits

Connor Wong drove in the tie-breaking run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Tuesday night despite getting held to three hits.

Toronto shortstop Bo Bichette commits 2 errors in 2-1 loss to Boston

Nathan Eovaldi of the Red Sox was lifted with two outs in the fifth inning during his team's 2-1 victory over the visiting Blue Jays on Tuesday. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Connor Wong drove in the tie-breaking run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Tuesday night despite getting held to three hits.

"It seemed like a playoff game, right? And I managed it like a playoff game," said Boston manager Alex Cora, who used five pitchers. "I went for the win.

"We will be better. We want more than two runs, obviously, but today it was enough to win the game."

Kike Hernandez and Trevor Story had back-to-back doubles in the third for Boston.

Zack Collins homered for the Blue Jays off starter Nathan Eovaldi.

Wong was called up from the minors Monday to replace catcher Kevin Plawecki, who went on the COVID-19 injured list.

"I think it's a good opportunity, but the main objective is just to win, win as many games as we can, and while I'm here that's what I'm going to do," Wong said. "If I perform well and we win, it's even better."

Batting ninth and facing right-hander Yimi Garcia (0-1), Wong lofted a fly ball to right field that scored Bobby Dalbec, who opened the inning by reaching on an error by shortstop Bo Bichette.

It was Bichette's second error of the game, his first two this season.

Collins' home run leading off the second gave Toronto an early lead. Boston tied it the next inning on doubles by Hernandez and Story off Yusei Kikuchi.

Hansel Robles (1-0) threw 1 2/3 hitless innings in relief for the win. Garrett Whitlock pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.

Kikuchi went five innings, giving up one run on three hits with three walks and a strikeout. Eovaldi was lifted with two outs in the fifth. He allowed a run on seven hits with six strikeouts.

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