BOSTON (AP) — Toronto’s Ramel Tapia hit an inside-the-park grand slam Friday night when Boston Red Sox center fielder Jaren Doran lost the ball in the Fenway Park lights and didn’t stir afterward.
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 his 25th during the fifth inning.
Tapia hit the second inside-the-park slam in Toronto history — both at Fenway. It came as part of a seven-run innings.
With two outs in the third, Tapia lifted a two-out fly ball to center against reliever Austin Davis.
Duran took a couple of steps back, then a couple in, then raised his hands in confusion. Fans groaned as the ball landed behind them on the warning track.
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Duran slowly moved toward the ball as left fielder Alex Verdugo raced in, slid to scoop it and threw it toward the infield. The relay home was no closer to catching Tapia, who picked up the pace when he realized Duran had lost the ball.
Duran, 25, went 2-for-30 in his second major league season.
The Blue Jays beat Baltimore 24–10 on June 26, 1978, a club scoring record. John Mayberry homered twice and drove in seven in that game after entering as a pinch hitter.
Boston’s scoring streak came on July 7, 1923 in a 27-3 loss to Cleveland.
Junior Felix won Toronto’s previous Indoor Park Slam against Bob Stanley on June 2, 1989 in Boston.
Matt Chapman, Teoscar Hernández and Danny Jansen also homered for the Blue Jays, who opened the day with a two-game lead over the Red Sox for the AL’s final wild-card spot.
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