Chris Sale let a Toronto runner steal home, Mookie Betts fanned with two on for the final out and the champion Boston Red Sox stumbled again, losing to the Blue Jays 7-5 Tuesday in their home opener.

After getting their World Series rings that had 185 diamonds, rubies and sapphires during a ceremony that included the Super Bowl champ New England Patriots, the Red Sox fell to 3-9. A return to Fenway Park failed to shake the doldrums that plagued Boston during a season-opening, 11-game trip to Seattle, Oakland and Arizona.

Red Sox sparkplug Dustin Pedroia went 1 for 4 in his first major league game since May. He played only three times last year while slowed by a knee injury.

Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi tosses his bat after striking out to end the seventh inning of the home opener baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox’s Andrew Benintendi tosses his bat after striking out to end the seventh inning of the home opener baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The game also made history: It was the first big league matchup of managers born in Puerto Rico, with Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo topping Boston’s Alex Cora.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. stole home and had an RBI single as Toronto ended a four-game losing streak. Freddy Galvis drove in two runs to back Matt Shoemaker (3-0), who allowed two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Sale (0-3) never seemed comfortable and surrendered five runs and seven hits before being pulled after four innings. His velocity has been down this season — his fastball averaged 91.8 mph in this outing — and he has a 9.00 ERA after three starts.

Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia takes off his gloves after lining out to right field to end the sixth inning of the home opener baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia takes off his gloves after lining out to right field to end the sixth inning of the home opener baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Sale’s day hit a low point in the fourth, after Danny Jansen scored on a passed ball. Gurriel kept extending his lead off third as Sale went into a full windup, then broke for the plate. Gurriel easily scored when Sale’s pitch was wide and went to the backstop, making it 5-2.

Mitch Moreland and Betts each had home runs for the Red Sox, who got within 6-5 on a two-out RBI double by Xander Bogaerts in the eighth.

The Red Sox put their first two batters on base in the ninth against Ken Giles. But pinch-hitter Blake Swihart and Andrew Benintendi flied out and, with most of the crowd standing on a chilly afternoon and chanting for Betts, the AL MVP struck out and gave Giles his third save.

New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox players hold Super Bowl and World Series trophies before the home opener baseball game between the Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (24). At rear are Duron Harmon, behind Gronkowski, and New England Patriots' Deatrich Wise, behind Edelman. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox players hold Super Bowl and World Series trophies before the home opener baseball game between the Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (24). At rear are Duron Harmon, behind Gronkowski, and New England Patriots’ Deatrich Wise, behind Edelman. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: C Luke Maile and INF Justin Smoak both sat with neck issues. Smoak missed two of Toronto’s three games in Cleveland last week due to the issue, which appeared again before the series finale.

Red Sox: Cora said LHP Brian Johnson (left elbow inflammation) went through some testing and that the injury is not as bad as originally thought. “At one point, we thought it was the end of the season. It’s not that,” Cora said. But there is still no timetable for his return

Toronto Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez, left, scores past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez on a single by Randal Grichuk during the seventh inning of the home opener baseball game, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Toronto Blue Jays’ Teoscar Hernandez, left, scores past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez on a single by Randal Grichuk during the seventh inning of the home opener baseball game, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION

The Red Sox pulled out all the stops to celebrate their latest title.

While being serenaded by the Boston Pops orchestra giving a rendition of Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” a giant banner honoring the 2018 champions was unfurled in front of the Green Monster.

New England Patriots' Matthew Slater, left, clasps hands with former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz as he holds the World Series trophy before the home opener baseball game between the Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (25) and retired New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, far right. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots’ Matthew Slater, left, clasps hands with former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz as he holds the World Series trophy before the home opener baseball game between the Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (25) and retired New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, far right. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Pedro Martinez, Mike Lowell and David Ortiz carried out the 2004, ’07 and ’13 trophies. Then the 2018 team began filing down the red carpet to collect the championship rings. Cora led the coaching staff and David Price was the first player to receive one.

Also taking part in the ceremony were former Red Sox Manny Ramirez and Curt Schilling, who have been absent from previous ceremonies.

MILESTONE

The Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series Champions pennant flies over center field during the fourth inning of the home opener baseball game between the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series Champions pennant flies over center field during the fourth inning of the home opener baseball game between the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Cora and Montoyo became the first pair of Puerto Rican-born managers to face each other in a major league game.

Cora said it is yet another promising milestone for managers with Puerto Rican ties getting opportunities in Major League Baseball. Nationals manager Dave Martinez was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents.

“At one point before I got hired here we had no Puerto Rican managers,” Cora said. “And all of a sudden we have three out of 30. That’s a pretty good rate.”

UP NEXT

Red Sox host Blue Jays again on Wednesday night.

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