Nick Pivetta aims to keep the Boston Red Sox on a roll as they open a four-game series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.
Both teams are coming off competitive series against New York teams. Boston broke up a Domingo German no-hit bid and scored five runs in the eighth inningto rally past the Yankees for a 5-4 home win Sunday.
The Red Sox blew a three-run lead in the eighth in a 4-3 loss to the Yankees on Saturday, but were able to return the favor a day later. Boston took three of four in the series against their rivals and improved to 10-3 against them this season.
"You tell us where and when, and we play," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "I know people get caught up on losing one game or losing series and all that, but we don't. We show up every day and we play."
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays came up short in a 5-4 road loss to the Mets on Sunday. Toronto pounded out a 10-3 win on Saturday to level the three-game series, but couldn't maintain the momentum with their fourth loss in five games.
"Every time you play in your division and the teams ahead of you, they're all big -- every game," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "It's got to be one game at a time, that's just the fact. Every game is big for us from now on."
Pivetta (8-4, 4.37 ERA) has faced the Blue Jays more than any other opponent this year, posting a 1-1 record with a 7.56 ERA in three starts against them.
In his start last Monday, Pivetta got the win despite allowing four runs on a season-high 11 hits while walking two and striking out four over 6 2/3 innings in Boston's 13-4 rout of the Blue Jays in Buffalo.
On June 12, Pivetta surrendered a season-high six runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts over five innings in a 7-2 home loss to Toronto. He was also tagged for five runs (four earned) on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in a five-inning no-decision in Boston's 8-7 win at Toronto on May 20.
For his career, Pivetta is 1-2 with a 6.67 ERA in five prior starts versus the Blue Jays.
Toronto right-hander Thomas Hatch is expected to start against the Red Sox in his season debut.
Hatch was scheduled to make his debut against the Red Sox last Tuesday, but the game -- played in Buffalo -- was postponed due to inclement weather.
The 25-year-old right-hander posted a 3-1 record with a 2.73 ERA over 17 games -- including one start -- as a rookie last season.
Hatch, who Montoyo said could work his way into the rotation as a sixth starter, has faced the Red Sox once before. He gave up a season-high two earned runs on one hit and one walk, but struck out three over 1 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss at Boston last Aug. 9.
--Field Level Media