Kevin Pillar was substituted in the game for his offense, but it was his defense that made a major difference for the Boston Red Sox in the sixth inning.
Pillar, playing in right field after pinch hitting for left fielder Andrew Benintendi in the fourth inning, threw out Toronto Blue Jays’ Travis Shaw trying to score from second base with two outs in a one-run game.
Pillar’s throw to catcher Christian Vazquez at the plate got the Red Sox out of the inning, and helped Boston maintain their 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.
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Alex Verdugo had been playing right field with Benintendi in left, but went to left to keep Jackie Bradley Jr. in center.
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