Red Sox edge Blue Jays to claim series win

Red Sox edge Blue Jays to claim series win

BC-BBA-Red Sox-Blue Jays, 1st Ld-Writethru, 810 Martinez homers, has 3 RBIs as Red Sox beat Blue Jays 5-3AP Photo GAC526, GAC520, GAC521, GAC518, GAC517, GAC508Eds: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3.

Pomeranz overcame a left index finger problem in his no-decision against the New York Yankees in which he allowed two runs, four hits, two walks and had six strikeouts, a game the Yankees won 3-2 on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Every flameup only reinforces how far he is from the chill days in Tampa, Detroit and even Toronto. "You've got to have a plan and try to execute". Infielder Gio Urshela, who was acquired from Cleveland this week for cash considerations, was in the lineup at shortstop Saturday and had a hit in his first at-bat as a Blue Jay.

Price's numbers over the years against Toronto have been rather gaudy.

Touching 95 miles per hour and throwing more curves than he's used since last June, Price held the Toronto Blue Jays to two runs while striking out six over 5.1 innings to lead the Red Sox to a 5-2 win at the Rogers Centre. The Jays got their other run on an Anthony Alford RBI single, his first career major league RBI. It was the third time Ramirez has gone deep over the last four games, and the Red Sox enjoyed a 3-0 cushion.

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"The more I threw, the better I felt", Price said. "That's good to have that feeling out there".

Kendrys Morales was at second base.

The Red Sox prevented a series sweep against the Yankees in the Bronx, maintaining a share of first place in the American League East, and rebounded from a 12-inning loss against Toronto on Friday with a win the following night. By the time the fan was escorted off the field, Cora chose to make a pitching change and called on Carson Smith, ending Price's day after 93 pitches.

"He's a sinker baller and he's got a good curve ball". "Probably he's not happy with the outing, but for me, changing speeds, using the breaking ball, using elevated fastballs that was good to see. And he competed. That's all we wanted from him".

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Said Price: "I can't recall another time I've been on the mound with someone running out. You've got to be able to roll with it".

The Sox offense hasn't been robust of late, but it got the job done against Marco Estrada.

At 3 hours, 42 minutes, this was Toronto's longest nine-inning game of the season by 15 minutes.

Estrada kept things there until the sixth when a Xander Bogaerts double and Rafael Devers single opened up a 4-1 edge.

He has allowed five runs over 12 innings in his past two starts, both of which were six innings.

"That's big, just to have that velocity separation, to be able to throw it 0-0 and get that strike", Price said. He is a good pitcher.

Hard-edged Boston and laid-back Price never seemed like a natural match and the friction of the past two-and-a-half years can be attributable, in part, to that.

They will start left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 5.23 ERA), who will be making his fifth start since returning from the DL on April 20 after missing the first three weeks of the season with a left forearm flexor strain. I don't think anybody is ever excited to pitch against the Blue Jays, they always swing it really well.

Still, a guarantee nine-figure payout to a pitcher who'll turn 34 in August 26, 2019 is a lot of cake to walk away from, which is why the two sides may be struck together.

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