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It just hasn't been enough to get them out of a long slump to open the regular season.

His replacement, Kendrys Morales, has at least shown some pop with two home runs, plus he knocked in the first Blue Jays run last night against Red Sox lefty Brian Johnson.

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts gets high fives in the dugout after scoring against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

With all the sporting noise in town just down the street these days, turns out it was mostly wishful thinking as the Jays continued to be mostly run-shy in an 8-7 loss to the Red Sox.

Toronto starter Marcus Stroman (1-2) gave up three straight one-out singles in the third inning and all three runners came around to score. Big hit or big pitch and maybe you win those. Betts drove in Xander Bogaerts and Moreland's two-run single brought home Betts and Andrew Benintendi.

Boston got to Stroman in the fifth, as both Hanley Ramirez and Moreland drove in runs. The American League East has been very competitive in the early going, so the Red Sox are actually in third place behind the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees.

Things are looking up for the Boston Red Sox, but about all the Toronto Blue Jays can do is look up from the bottom of the major-league pack.

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"We're trying to get runs, period", Gibbons said prior to the game.

"At the end of the day it's early". You know just go out there the people to. "Everything is under a magnifying glass". Toronto is 3-14 in their last 17 games overall and 3-7 in Stroman's last 10 starts while the under is 36-16-1 in their last 53 games overall. Johnson gave up four runs in five innings before turning it over to the bullpen for the final 12 outs of an 8-7 victory. I think you get over that I mean I wasn't almost as bad and I don't want anything to linger that's what's what and it my next start it out there what do you think is next for you Ryan.

That's what happens when you get hit in the face by a line drive in only your fourth minor-league appearance in 2012 and pitch through numbness in your left hand three years later during your first major-league start, a 4-1/3-inning grind in which you walk four Houston Astros batters and get sent right back to Triple-A. He had six strikeouts. "We were fortunate to find some holes". Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Coghlan each pitched in an RBI, while Ezequiel Carrera, Russell Martin and Steve Pearce each added a hit in the loss. Announced attendance was 29,281 and the game took three hours 48 minutes to play.

Betts has 12 hits over his last five games, including multi-hit games four times during that span.

The Blue Jays placed left-hander J.A. Happ on the 10-day disabled list and recalled infielder Ty Kelly from Triple-A Buffalo. In addition, right-hander Danny Barnes was recalled as a corresponding roster move after left-hander Matt Dermody was optioned to Buffalo on Monday.

Happ, who won 20 games for the first time previous year, left Sunday's start against Baltimore in the fifth inning with a sore elbow. The Blue Jays traded catcher Juan Graterol to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash.