TORONTO—Jacob Waguespack didn't have time to rethink his game plan after the Blue Jays decided to shake things up an hour before first pitch.
In an effort to take some pressure off the rookie right-hander, Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo and pitching coach Pete Walker made a late choice to use veteran reliever David Phelps as yesterday's opener before bringing Waguespack in in the second inning.
The change didn't seem to affect Waguespack, who threw five solid innings in a 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox, earning his first major league victory in the process.
“The consensus was that I was going to start and then they just decided right before the game,” Waguespack said.
“It didn't affect me at all. I was still going to do my routine. Pete was pretty good about telling me, 'You know just go out there a few minutes before the game starts and go about your business, play catch and get on the mound like a regular start.'”
Phelps tossed a scoreless frame before Waguespack (1-0), recalled from triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day, allowed three runs and six hits with four strikeouts.
He left the game after giving up a lead-off single to Christian Vazquez in the seventh.
Brandon Drury, who has struggled for most of the season, broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run shot in the sixth inning, a laser to straightaway centre field that knocked Red Sox starter Chris Sale out of the game.
Danny Jansen also hit a two-run blast—his fourth in six games—and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. continued his own torrid pace with a solo homer for the Blue Jays (33-54).
Freddy Galvis reached base four times with three hits and a walk and hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Drury also had a single and a double, tying a season-high with three hits for a third time.
In other AL action, the Chicago White Sox downed Detroit 7-5 and 9-6 (12 innings) in a doubleheader; Baltimore upended Tampa Bay 9-6; the L.A. Angels soared past Texas 6-2; Cleveland blanked Kansas City 4-0; and Minnesota outlasted Oakland 4-3 (12 innings).
In interleague play, the N.Y. Yankees defeated the N.Y. Mets 5-1 in the Subway Series, Houston doubled Colorado 4-2; and St. Louis topped Seattle 5-2.
Over in the NL, Washington edged Miami 3-1; Pittsburgh shaded the Chicago Cubs 6-5; Cincinnati blanked Milwaukee 3-0; Atlanta blasted Philadelphia 9-2; San Francisco got by San Diego 7-5; and the L.A. Dodgers beat Arizona 5-4 (10 innings).