Borucki improving with Blue Jays’ on-the-job training

TORONTO – As dazzling as the numbers and the performance were in Seattle last time out, the five innings of grinding Ryan Borucki did against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night is a far more significant marker of progress for the 24-year-old lefty.

Baseball’s best team features a lineup with no soft spots and in getting a second look at a big-league team for the first time, the Toronto Blue Jays should be heartened that it was his adjustments, rather than those of his opponents that ruled the day.

By no means did he dominate the American League East leaders, who worked Borucki over for four runs on nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts on 105 pitches over those five frames. But he cleverly navigated traffic against a prolific right-handed hitting offence, made key pitches when needed and might have come out better had a bounce or two gone his way.

A second straight win was the reward for Borucki as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep with an 8-5 victory, overcoming the first career cycle by the spectacular Mookie Betts. Justin Smoak’s RBI double ahead of Randal Grichuk’s two-run homer in the fifth put them ahead right after a Red Sox two-spot tied things up and unlike Tuesday’s series opener, when seven great innings from Marcus Stroman went to waste, this time the bullpen held up.

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