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Wild pitch spoils Sanchez's quality start

September 12, 2018

BOSTON -- When pitchers make a mistake pitch, it's often something left in the zone that the batter wrangles for a big hit.Aaron Sanchez's one big mistake on Wednesday night wasn't even touched by a bat; instead, it rolled to the backstop, allowing Rafael Devers to score from third base

BOSTON -- When pitchers make a mistake pitch, it's often something left in the zone that the batter wrangles for a big hit.
Aaron Sanchez's one big mistake on Wednesday night wasn't even touched by a bat; instead, it rolled to the backstop, allowing Rafael Devers to score from third base to give the Red Sox the only run they would need as the Blue Jays fell, 1-0, at Fenway Park.

Notching his second consecutive quality start, Sanchez scattered three hits and three walks while striking out six over seven innings.
"I know what I'm capable of doing," said Sanchez. "It's just a matter of staying healthy really. When I'm healthy, things like that happen."
After allowing a leadoff single to Mookie Betts, Sanchez retired 12 straight batters, and struck out the side in the third.
"It all comes down to execution at the end of the day," added Sanchez. "You can have all the game plan you want, but if you don't go out and execute, its not really worth it. For me, it was just about execution over anything tonight."

Also faring well was Toronto rookie first baseman Rowdy Tellez, who laced a leadoff double off Steven Wright in the eighth inning to become the first player since 1913 to collect seven doubles over his first seven Major League games.
"I learned a lot," said Tellez. "I learned these guys are smart, they're really good at their jobs for a reason."
With one out and Devers on first in the fifth, Brock Holt executed a textbook hit-and-run to the left side, finding the hole at shortstop to put runners at the corners.
With two outs and a 2-2 count on Jackie Bradley Jr., Sanchez came low and inside with a curveball that bounced in front of the glove of catcher Danny Jansen, who spun wildly in search of the ball.
Much like Tuesday night's starter Ryan Borucki, Sanchez was effective against the top four hitters in Boston's lineup, holding them to just two singles in 12 at-bats, though he was saddled with the loss on the heels of the run-scoring wild pitch.
"He had a real good fastball, he threw some good breaking balls he kept down in the zone and he threw some good changeups," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "You hate to lose on a wild pitch, but that's what happened. But he keeps moving in the right direction."

Red Sox starter David Price fared even better, retiring the first 13 Toronto hitters before Yangervis Solarte smacked a single to center field in the top of the fifth inning.

Price threw seven shutout innings to earn his 15th win of the season, allowing just three hits, all singles, two by Solarte.
"To go out there and match what he's done in the game and have a special night like that, it was fun," said Sanchez. "It's unfortunate that they scored the way they did and we lost the way we did."
DAVIS COLLECTS FIRST HIT
In the top of the fifth inning, Jonathan Davis laced an opposite-field single off Price into right field for the first hit of his big league career. Davis, who was called up Sept. 4 and is ranked the club's No. 21 prospect by MLB Pipeline, is the sixth Toronto player this season to collect his first Major League hit, joining Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire, Tellez and pitcher William McGuire.

"That's big for everybody," said Gibbons. "He finally got to the big leagues, he's playing in a limited role right now, so the at-bats are not going to be plentiful for him. So to get that hit, put that on his wall forever. He's a great kid."
HE SAID IT
"Babe Ruth played here. That says a lot. The greatest players ever to step foot on a baseball field played here. It's just an honor to be on the same field in the same stadium. It's a really cool experience to be here. I've been here as a fan, but that was my first time ever going over to first base. That was a really, really cool feeling. A moment I'll never forget." -- Tellez, on playing his first game at Fenway Park
MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
In the bottom of the second inning, Boston challenged a play at second base in which Xander Bogaerts was called out on a throw from Teoscar Hernandez in left field. After a review of approximately one minute and 13 seconds, the call on the field was upheld.

UP NEXT
The Blue Jays wrap up their season series against the Red Sox with Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.25 ERA) on the hill. In four appearances (two starts) vs. Boston this season, the right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA in 13 2/3 innings. Gaviglio will be opposed by left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4, 3.64 ERA), who is 2-0 in three starts vs. Toronto this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston.