JD Martinez Lifts Red Sox Past Blue Jays

JD Martinez Lifts Red Sox Past Blue Jays

The Jays, who finish the three-game set with the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon before an off-day on Monday, have lost six of their past nine. Updates with Yankees beating Oakland.

Martinez put the Red Sox up 4-0 with an RBI single to right field in the fifth, giving him 33 runs batted in this season. Martin provided some hot-corner thrills - first setting up in foul territory, straddling the line to field a ball deep beyond the base, and throwing a strike some 130 feet right into the chest of Smoak to get Betts; then, practically executing a jete-cabriolet tag on Christian Vazquez on a 2-5 caught-stealing.

TORONTO (AP) - J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox wrapped up their longest road trip of the season so far the same way they've finished off nearly every series: with a win. Estrada allowed a two-run homer to Hanley Ramirez in the third, part of a three-run inning for Boston. Joe Biagini will get the nod in the finale and is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season.

When the Red Sox got to Toronto early Friday morning, their bullpen was a mess. From that point on, Hector Velazquez, Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree and Joe Kelly combined to shutout the Jays and secure the win. The top of the order was practically dormant and while they did play a good defensive game, it wasn't almost enough to stop the Red Sox offense from putting up five runs.

"It's nice to go home, play in front of our own fans and sleep in our own beds", Martinez said.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora liked what he saw from Price. Toronto is 11-11 at Rogers Centre.

Drew Pomeranz limited the Yankees to two runs over six frames Tuesday in a no-decision.

Justin Smoak's two-run double to center field and Russell Martin's RBI single to left cut Toronto's deficit to 4-3 in the bottom half of the inning.

Price pitched 5.1 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits and three walks, striking out six in his first start since skipping his last outing in NY due to a minor case of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Betts said it was good to see Price back on the mound.

Estrada continued his third inning play-by-play review: "Next pitch wasn't so great - Benintendi...hit a gapper". By the time the fan was escorted off the field, Cora decided to make a pitching change and called on Carson Smith, ending Price's day after 93 pitches.

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Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 5.23) went 3-1 in four starts against Toronto past year. "I thought I made a lot of solid pitches, a few weak hits, a couple of good ones". "Under control. Nobody panicked".

"It has been a rough start for the rotation, no doubt", Gibbons said before the game.

"They have been so good ... sooner or later you are going to have a blip", Gibbons said of his relievers. "Those kind of things happen".

There were about two weeks in spring training and two weeks to start the season when J.D. Martinez was in a cold streak.

Boston's Brock Holt was thrown out trying to steal third in the ninth, the second Red Sox player in as many days to be caught stealing at third.

"We need to address that", Cora said. If we're gonna go, we better be safe.

At least that specific skipper's Ave Maria was answered in Toronto's 5-2 loss: a six-inning contribution by Estrada, in a month when only three starts have gone that distance.

Blue Jays: Toronto selected RHP Deck McGuire from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned INF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.to Triple-A. RHP Carlos Ramirez was designated for assignment to make room for McGuire on the 40-man roster. A corresponding move will be made before Toronto's next game, Tuesday at NY against the Mets.

Boston's pen got a ton of work over the 10-game road trip, which the Sox finished with a 6-4 record. But Thornburg now is on a rehab stint in Triple-A Pawtucket, and his Red Sox debut could be right around the corner.

After a late start in spring training while he was still looking for a team to sign him (for a hefty sum of $110 million over five years), Martinez began the year slow, hitting.217 with a.725 OPS in his first 11 games in a Red Sox uniform.

Josh Donaldson picked up an RBI for the Blue Jays (21-18), who won for just the fourth time in 10 games.

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