Three things you need to know about the Blue Jays’ 6-5 win over the Red Sox at Rogers Center on Tuesday:

Oh what a ninth

Led by a run late in the ninth inning, the Jays didn’t have to face Red Sox closer Tanner Houck, who can’t cross the border because he chose not to be vaccinated against COVID- 19.

Instead, Boston sent rookie Tyler Danish for a second inning of work, and he gave up a single to Alejandro Kirk and walked George Springer. Hansel Robles took over and Bo Bichette sent his first pitch to right field for a single tyer. Three pitches later, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled left and the Jays earned their third win of the season.

bullpen explosion

The Jays’ shorthanded bullpen needed to protect a 4-2 lead for four innings. Adam Cimber worked a scoreless sixth inning against the middle of the Red Sox order, but Trent Thornton’s run with the bottom of the order didn’t go well. A walk brought Rob Refsnyder to the plate and the former Jay tied the game with a two-out home run to dead center, only the eighth home run of his career.

Tim Mayza retired JD Martinez to end the inning, preserving the tie, but gave up an RBI single to Christian Vázquez in the eighth to give Boston the go-ahead.

Come back

Teoscar Hernández blasted off for second base on a full pitch to Matt Chapman in the fifth inning. Chapman fouled behind the plate and Hernández saw the catcher, Vázquez, chasing him and started to come back first, but not with much urgency. Hernández may have thought the ball was going to end up in the seats, but it didn’t. Vázquez caught the ball on screen and shot first to double Hernández by half a step.

Mike Wilner is a Toronto-based baseball columnist for The Star and host of the “Deep Left Field” baseball podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @wilnernessO

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