Price solid in return as Red Sox beat Blue Jays, 5-2

Lynette Rowe
May 14, 2018

The Boston Red Sox are ready to face their division rival Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

"I'm not sure about the other guys but for me, for sure", said Estrada, who got through the batting order three times, hallelujah. "To me, that's always a good sign".

Price (3-4) skipped Wednesday's start against the Yankees after experiencing numbness during a bullpen session last Sunday. J.A. Happ, who has been one of their more dependable starters, allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings Thursday in the 9-3 loss to the Mariners and has lost two straight outings.

Despite the no-decision, Sale continued his mastery over Toronto hitters for much of the night and struck out six straight across the fourth and fifth innings. "You throw that wrinkle up there and you can get free strikes".

Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks now list the Red Sox as a -130 favorite. Cora said it's something he'll talk to the team about. "And he competed. That's all we wanted from him".

Martinez homered and had three RBIs, Mookie Betts had two hits and made a sensational diving catch, and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Sunday. "That was good to see". He said his swing didn't feel right. "He went out and did a great job at giving us a chance to win".

The Blue Jays are 21-19 SU and 21-18 ATS.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he had no problem with third base coach Luis Rivera's decision to send Solarte.

Price came in 0-3 in his previous three outings but avoided the first four-start skid of his career. He struck out four and walked three. The team's starters have a 5.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

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The Blue Jays have been productive against left-handed pitching this season, and Joe Biagini was shelled in his latest start. "I enjoy the mound, the atmosphere. I think we will get better".

A Justin Smoak solo shot to right field in the sixth inning left the bat at 97.5 m.p.h. The homer was Smoak's first since April 30 at Minnesota.

Making his third start of the season and pitching in place of the injured Marcus Stroman, Biagini allowed four runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. By the time the fan was dragged off the field by police, Cora was able to make the change.

It had blown a 6-5 lead against the Yankees in the eighth inning on Wednesday and then almost blew a 4-0 lead in the seventh inning on Thursday, but with the way the final two games of the series went against the Blue Jays, the bullpen appears to be gaining some confidence back.

"I don't understand why everybody doesn't wear this thing, it's really comfortable", he said, as he stood by his locker this week, wearing his prized Blue Jays robe, customized with his name and number on the back. Hopefully, we keep them rested enough.

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

Blue Jays: Toronto selected RHP Deck McGuire from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned INF Lourdes Gurriel Triple-A. Normally a catcher, Martin made his second start at third base in four days, while Josh Donaldson was the DH.

The Red Sox pushed the lead to 5-3 in the top of the eighth, when Benintendi scored on a ground out by Xander Bogaerts. Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 5.23 ERA) takes on Joe Biagini (0-1, 8.10 ERA).

"It's gotta be college (since last hitting two homers in a game), definitely not since I've been in pro ball", he added. 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.

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