Martinez powers Red Sox by Blue Jays

Martinez powers Red Sox by Blue Jays

Martinez powers Red Sox by Blue Jays

Updates with new lead and quotes. Martinez's 10th homer this season was a two-run shot in the first inning off right-hander Joe Biagini.

With John Axford on in relief, Martinez drove in Andrew Benintendi with a single to right giving Boston a 4-0 cushion.

Martinez drove in a first-inning run with a ground-ball out to bring home Mookie Betts.

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.

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

"Everything feels good right now", Thornburg said Saturday, via The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham.

Boston also assured it will keep at least a share of the best record in the majors with the Yankees.

"It's definitely a challenge to come up here, make a couple starts.

You throw that wrinkle up there, you can get free strikes and it helps you to set up other pitches.It made them make adjustments, which is good".

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

The rubber match of the series will feature recently recalled Joe Biagini (0-1, 8.10 ERA) facing off against Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 5.23 ERA) on Sunday afternoon.

Even on a good day there was a twist of the weird for Price, as a spectator that ran onto the field and slid into second base before being tackled to the ground by security actually helped end his outing one batter early. It's fun to watch. Russell Martin, who had three hits in the game, hit an RBI single.

NOTES: Sale has 11 or more strikeouts in four straight starts in Toronto. Teoscar Hernandez and Josh Donaldson singled and both scored on Justin Smoak's double. One out later, Martin added an RBI single to get Toronto within 4-3.

Sanchez started for Toronto, allowing three runs - two of them earned - and five hits over five innings.

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

In his second inning of work, Price struck out the side.

Sam Gaviglio (1-0), called up from triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day, pitched the top of the 10th, 11th and 12th innings for the win.

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.

Said manager Alex Cora, "I saw something different in the way he pitched today". "Under control. Nobody panicked". But (David) Price pitched a heck of a game, he was tough, so it was hard to score runs off him. "Those kind of things happen".

Estrada (2-3) worked through six innings, allowing four runs to the visitors in the process, but the Jays bats couldn't pick him up and the result was a 5-2 loss.

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.

"We just had a good team plan", Betts said.

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

Blue Jays regular shortstop Aledmys Diaz is on the DL with a sprained ankle and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who has been playing there for him, is in a 1-for-13 drought and had the day off.

Saturday's ballgame was tiresome for Blue Jays fans.

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