Andrew Cashner leaves the mound in the top of the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 16, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Omar Rawlings/Getty Images
By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio/AP) — Toronto pitcher Jacob Waguespack spent the day before his first major league start as a tourist in Fenway Park, signing his name inside the Green Monster and FaceTiming his high school coaches from the dugout.
When the time came for him to take the mound, it was the Red Sox who were caught looking.
The Blue Jays right-hander limited the defending World Series champions to one run before they figured him out in the fifth inning, and Toronto pounded new Boston starter Andrew Cashner for a 10-4 victory on Tuesday night.
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Teoscar Hernández hit a three-run homer, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a single, double and triple for the Blue Jays, who lost three of their previous four games.
Cashner was acquired from the Orioles on Saturday to help bolster the Boston rotation, but quickly fell behind 4-1 and then failed to get an out in the sixth.
In all, the bushy-bearded right-hander allowed six runs — five earned — on eight hits and two walks, striking out two. He also gave up two homers, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch on a third strike that allowed Hernández to reach first.
Xander Bogaerts had a single, double and home run, and Mookie Betts also had three hits for Boston, which fell 10 games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.
Waguespack allowed four runs on six hits and three walks, striking out two and blowing a 4-1 lead in the fifth when Betts hit a two-run single and scored when Bogaerts singled to end Waguespack's night. Justin Shafer got J.D. Martinez to end the inning.
Then Cashner gave the lead back in the sixth.
"It wasn't very good, especially after we scored those runs to tie the game back up and give up a leadoff homer," he said. "So that's probably the toughest blow of the game."
Smoak hit the first pitch out to right-center, and Freddy Galvis singled to chase Cashner. Hernández reached on a fielder's choice, went from first to third on a bad pickoff attempt by reliever Josh Taylor and scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-4.
"We got him out, and we throw the ball away, and then the wild pitch," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "They have to earn it, and we just gave it to them."
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