Blue Jays get to Red Sox's Tazawa yet again in win

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar jumps toward home plate against the Boston Red Sox at the...

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar jumps toward home plate against the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Aug. 27, 2014. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 PM ET

TORONTO - Over the years, Junichi Tazawa has been one of Boston’s most reliable relief pitchers, a guy Red Sox manager John Farrell, and Terry Francona before him, have been able to count on in tough situations.

But for some strange reason, the Toronto Blue Jays are his Achilles heel.

Against all the other teams in baseball, over his six year career, Tazawa has a 2.94 ERA and has been stingy with the home run ball, allowing just 12 long balls in 177 innings, even though he pitches in a home run haven like Fenway Park.

But put a Blue Jay in the batter’s box and Tazawa turns to jelly.

In his career the Blue Jays have owned him and that tradition continued Wednesday night as Danny Valencia came off the bench to deliver a three-run go-ahead home run for the Jays against Tazawa as Toronto avoided a series sweep with a 5-2 victory.

It was the eighth career homer by a Blue Jay against the Japanese native and he now owns a 7.45 ERA against Toronto.


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