Mookie Betts ran face first into the center-field wall at Fenway Park on Friday night and was removed from the game after the second inning with what the Red Sox dubbed a sprained lower back.
He might have been the luckiest guy in the ballpark not wearing a Toronto Blue Jays jersey.
The rest of his Red Sox teammates blew a seven-run lead in a cringe worthy 13-10 loss to the Blue Jays. Toronto plated all nine members of its lineup in the seventh inning before the Red Sox recorded an out. That nine-run inning swung an 8-4 lead into a five-run deficit for Boston.
Xander Bogaerts drove in Blake Swihart in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Mike Napoli struck out with the bases loaded to end the potential rally. Rusney Castillo doubled home Swihart in the ninth inning; Dustin Pedroia then struck out to end the game.
Pablo Sandoval and Betts hit back-to-back home runs as part of a five-run first inning for the Red Sox, and Joe Kelly looked solid through the first four innings on the mound. A three-run Toronto fifth inning at the expense of Kelly cut the Red Sox lead to four, and the floodgates opened in the seventh when Matt Barnes and Junichi Tazawa each failed to retire any of the first eight opponents.
Betts was injured when he tried unsuccessfully to make a spectacular catch on a ball off the bat of Justin Smoak. He was attended to by Red Sox trainers but stayed in the game. Alejandro De Aza was inserted into the game in right field in the top of the third inning, with Castillo sliding over to center to replace Betts.
The last place Red Sox dropped to 27-35 with the loss.
Boston loves Mookie Betts