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“I felt like I could have done a better job of that,” Biagini said. “After a while, it gets kind of old saying that, and that just adds to the frustration of it, because I feel like my stuff can translate. I feel like I have made some good pitches, but it just wasn’t as consistent as I would have liked.”
The series opened with promise for the Jays — a 10-4 blowout win for the visitors — before Wednesday night’s six-hour, 19-inning marathon, a 3-2 loss after closer Roberto Osuna squandered a 2-0 lead in the ninth.
Boston made just two lineup changes from the long night before, while the Jays made five. Jose Bautista and Kevin Pillar, who played all 19 innings, plus Josh Donaldson, ejected for arguing a strike call in the 18th, took Wednesday night off.
The Jays scored their lone run in the first inning. They loaded the bases off Red Sox starter Doug Fister on Ezequiel Carrera’s single, Justin Smoak’s double and a walk to Michael Saunders, with Carrera scoring on another walk to Miguel Montero.
The rain that had threatened all day began in that fourth inning that proved to be Biagini’s undoing. He walked Mitch Moreland before Xander Bogaerts tripled to give Boston a 2-1 advantage. A single by Rafael Devers brought Bogaerts home from third. Bradley Jr.’s homer capped the inning.
Biagini left with two runners aboard, handing off to reliever Tim Mayza, who got Pedroia to ground into an inning-ending double play. Carlos Ramirez followed with two shutout innings and still has yet to allow an earned run this season, major leagues and minors combined.
The Jays have Thursday off before hosting the Detroit Tigers for a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The club had yet to determine whether Marcus Stroman — who took a 108-m.p.h. line drive off his pitching elbow last Saturday in Baltimore — will be available for Friday’s start. Acting manager DeMarlo Hale said Stroman would be re-evaluated on Thursday.