Martinez powers Red Sox past Blue Jays

Martinez powers Red Sox past Blue Jays

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. As of this writing, 67% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Red Sox to beat the Blue Jays on the moneyline.

Boston is 12-1 in series finales this season, winning its past six.

Boston's pen got a ton of work over the 10-game road trip, which the Sox finished with a 6-4 record.

Since April 13, they're the two best hitters in baseball.

The Blue Jays will replace the winless Stroman with a winless replacement in Joe Biagini (0-1, 8.10), who will be making his third major league start of the season.

With Betts on second base in the fifth, Martinez roped a single to right field for another RBI to put the Red Sox ahead 4-0. It's fun to watch.

Russell Martin had three hits for the Blue Jays, who lost for the eighth time in 11 home games.

The Blue Jays scored three runs in the fifth. He sat at 93.3 m.p.h. with his two-seamer, topped out at 94.8 m.p.h., generated 11 swinging strikes, five with his cutter, and allowed only four balls off the bat in excess of 100 m.p.h.: a Teoscar Hernandez double, a Gio Urshela single plus lineouts by Josh Donaldson and Yangervis Solarte.

Two batters later, with Hector Velazquez on in relief, Martin pulled the Blue Jays to within one with an RBI single.

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.

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

"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.

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Clippard fumbled a comebacker hit by Xander Bogaerts and settled for the out at first instead of a potential double play and a run scored to make it 5-3 for Boston.

"When I look back ... managing at the big-league level is not that easy", Cora said. "Under control. Nobody panicked". "When he's on, he's throwing that fastball over the plate, it gets a lot of action on it so it gets some quick ground balls", said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.

"When the team's struggling, you try to score some runs", Gibbons said. "If you focus on the things that can only go up, I think you'll kind of clear your mind and worry about less".

Velazquez (5-0) allowed two hits over two innings while striking out two for the win.

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 after the game. "We're better than that". When we make decisions like that, it can't be a gamble.

Blue Jays: Toronto selected RHP Deck McGuire from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned INF Lourdes Gurriel Triple-A.

Saturday's ballgame was boring for Blue Jays fans. A corresponding move will be made before Toronto's next game, Tuesday at NY against the Mets.

They win two of the three games in the Toroonto series and finally come back home after a long roadtrip.

Right-handed starters are 1-17 with a 7.08 ERA in 31 starts against the Red Sox this season. LHP Sean Manaea (4-4, 2.11) starts for the Athletics.

He'll begin a rehab assignment Monday in Pawtucket, where he hasn't played since a two-game rehab in 2010. He was 1-for-2 before Richard Urena hit for him in the seventh.

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