Blue Jays’ Tapia hits inside-the-park grand slam
BOSTON — Toronto’s Raimel Tapia hit an inside-the-park grand slam Friday night after Boston Red Sox center fielder Jarren Duran lost the ball in the Fenway Park lights and didn’t hustle after it.
Tapia’s sprint around the bases highlighted a record scoring outburst for the Blue Jays, who surpassed the franchise mark for runs in a game with their 25th during the fifth inning on their way to a 28-5 victory.
Tapia hit the second inside-the-park slam in Toronto’s history — both of them at Fenway. This one came as part of a seven-running inning.
With two outs in the third, Tapia lifted a two-out fly ball to center against reliever Austin Davis.
Duran took a couple steps back, then a couple in, then put up his hands in confusion. Fans groaned when the ball landed on the warning track behind him.
Duran walked slowly toward the ball while left fielder Alex Verdugo raced over, slid to scoop it up and fired it toward the infield. The relay home wasn’t close to nabbing Tapia, who picked up speed when he realized Duran had lost the ball.
The 25-year-old Duran, in his second major league season, came into the game in a 2-for-30 slump.
The Blue Jays beat Baltimore 24-10 on June 26, 1978, for what had been the club scoring record. John Mayberry homered twice and drove in seven in that game after entering as a pinch-hitter.
Boston’s record for runs allowed came in a 27-3 loss to Cleveland on July 7, 1923.
Junior Felix had Toronto’s previous inside-the-park slam on June 2, 1989, in Boston against Bob Stanley.
Matt Chapman, Teoscar Hernandez and Danny Jansen also homered for the Blue Jays, who entered the day with a two-game lead over the Red Sox for the AL’s final wild-card spot.
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