JD Martinez Lifts Red Sox Past Blue Jays


While the Red Sox bullpen has been questionable and the starting pitching has taken a step back after a hot start, the Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, on Sunday to complete a hard road trip with a 6-4 record thanks largely to two people: Mookie Betts and Martinez. Updates with new lede. Price (3-4) skipped last Wednesday's start against the Yankees after experiencing numbness during a bullpen session last Sunday. Cora removed Price in the fifth inning after Justin Smoak hit a long home run, but he said after the game he liked what Price showed on the mound.

"It's awesome, he's pretty good", Maile said of Sale. Then I thought I made a good pitch to Ramirez. He signed as a free agent with the Red Sox that offseason. "He competed. That's what we want for him". Estrada allowed a two-run homer to Hanley Ramirez in the third, part of a three-run inning for Boston.

"Nothing felt good coming out of my hand", Pomeranz said.

"It feels great knowing that he's out there healthy", Betts said. "I wish I could have given the team a better chance to win today but still got through six".

Manager John Gibbons was happy to see Maile redeem himself for the gaffe. He struck out four straight batters in the second and third innings.

Josh Donaldson picked up an RBI for the Blue Jays (21-18), who won for just the fourth time in 10 games. The Jays at home can be a tough out, but Toronto has had nearly no success with Biagini starting, especially against above average teams.

"They did an outstanding job", said Cora, who was without closer Craig Kimbrel and setup man Carson Smith, both of whom needed a day off. "I think we will get better".

Price left one batter after Smoak's leadoff shot in the sixth.

Hector Velazquez went two innings and allowed just two hits, Matt Barnes tossed a scoreless seventh, Heath Hembree a scoreless eighth, and Joe Kelly threw a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up the save. This contest also saw the debut of the newly acquired Gio Urshela, who went 1-for-2 in his first game with the club.

Overall, the team looked exhausted and sluggish, not able to string any hits together and unable to push multiple runs across in the same inning.

Former Blue Jay David Price, who had his last start pushed back as he battles carpal tunnel syndrome, is expected to start the second game of the series Saturday.

"I made a decent pitch to Betts and he kind of hooked it down the line", a frustrated Estrada said. Hopefully, we keep them rested enough.

Boston has scored five or more runs an ML-leading 24 times this season.

Notes: Prior to Sunday's game the Blue Jays recalled RHP Deck McGuire from triple-A Buffalo and optioned INF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.to the Bisons. He threw a bullpen session Thursday and he was declared fit to start Saturday in Toronto. It was Price's third win of the season.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 5.23) went 3-1 in four starts against Toronto a year ago.

Right-handed starters are 1-17 with a 7.08 ERA in 31 starts against the Red Sox this season.

There were about two weeks in spring training and two weeks to start the season when J.D. Martinez was in a cold streak. Toronto is 0-9 in Biagini's last 9 starts against a team with a winning record and 3-13 in Biagini's last 16 starts overall while the under is 4-1-2 in their last 7 games overall.