Josh Donaldson homered on an 89-mph fastball in the first inning for a 1-0 Blue Jays lead, and after the Red Sox answered immediately with two runs on a pair of RBI groundouts, Pomeranz gave back four runs in the second — all with two outs.
Pomeranz (16-6, 3.38 ERA) stayed in the game to open the third inning, but manager John Farrell had seen enough after Jose Bautista led off with a single on an 89-mph fastball.
They had one big inning and the weird play there, where the ball kind of spun sideways on us, and I probably should’ve gotten over there and been waiting for it at the base.
Then I was out of the game.” Given that he’s averaged 92 mph with his fastball all season and was at just 89.8 last night after an 89.3 in his previous start, fatigue likely is becoming an issue.
Andrew Benintendi pinch-hit for Betts in the eighth inning and sent a one-out solo homer to center field to cut the deficit to one, but Addison Reed gave up a solo shot to Ryan Goins in the ninth to secure the Red Sox’ fate on a night they’ll want to soon forget.