Red Sox beat Jays 6-5 in 10 to avoid sweeping three games

TORONTO (AP) – JD Martinez led to the tiebreak when he was hit by a field with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Wednesday night, avoiding a three-game sweep. .

“It’s big,” Martinez said. “It simply came to our notice then. Avoiding wiping at this point was great. “

Alex Verdugo scored a two-pointer homer and had four RBIs, and Franchy Cordero made his first four-hit game of his career as Boston recovered from Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to win for the third time in 10 games with Toronto this season.

“It was hard to win here,” said Red Sox director Alex Cora.

The Red Sox, who are out on Thursday, won 20-6 in June, their most wins of the month since 20-9 in 1990.

“We played good baseball,” Kora said. “We gained some ground. We put ourselves in the hunt for the playoffs “.

With auto racer Jackie Bradley Jr. In the second base to start the 10th, Blue Jays right-hand man David Phelps (0-2) walked Rob Refsnyder and Rafael Devers to load the bases for Martinez, who had been unlucky in his previous 13 bats. .

Bradley scored when Phelps hit Martinez 1-2 in the back.

Martinez had a circular red bubble on his back at the club afterwards, but did not seem to bother him.

“It was worth it,” he said.

Tim Maiza came in and put Zander Bogaerts in a double play, but Verdugo followed with a double two in a row to make it 6-3.

Matt Strahm (3-2) beat Bo Bichette and Guerrero in the ninth, but gave an RBI single to the Santiago Espinal and an RBI double to Cavan Biggio in the 10th. Strahm ended it by putting George Springer out.

Both benches and both bulls cleared when Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta hit Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk in the third with his left elbow. After Toronto manager Charlie Montoy left the dugout, the Blue Jays sagan, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., jumped over the dugout fence and started shouting at Pivetta, who shouted back. Devers stepped in front of Guerrero as other players rushed into the hand-to-hand battle, but no punches were fired.

“I don’t hit a lot of kids,” Pivetta said. “I think the way they reacted is unjustified. That is not what I am trying to do in this situation. “

Montoy did not seem convinced that hot Kirk had not been deliberately pierced.

“I do not know what the intentions were,” Montoyo said. “I just know what I know, but I keep it to myself.”

Springer hit his 15th home, a solo shot in the fifth.

Toronto opened the scoring in Espinal’s single-out RBI in the second, but Boston responded in the third to Refsnyder’s sacrificial fly, a route to deep center where Springer collapsed.

Springer put the Blue Jays ahead with a leadoff breakout in the fifth, but the Red Sox regained the lead in the sixth. Bogaerts reached a one-space inside the field two outs and Verdugo followed with a move to the right, his sixth.

The Blue Jays tied with Ryan Brasier in the eighth, rally against the Boston bullpen for the second consecutive night. Lourdes Guriel Jr. scored a double one-out and was replaced by Bradley Zimmer, who scored when Raimel Tapia followed with a double in the center. The repulse was Boston’s 16th in 33 chances.

Pivetta allowed two runs and five hits in participations with six or more. He walked three and scored five.

Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah allowed three runs, two wins and six hits in seven appearances. He walked one and hit six.

COACH ROOM

Red Sox: RHP Garrett Whitlock (right hip) had a bullpen session before the game, his second in three days. Cora said Whitlock could return to a relief role when activated.

ARE WE IN SEPTEMBER?

A day after his side took a lead in the ninth game and lost 6-5, Cora said he was willing to bet his roster would be more complete when Boston returned north of the border for a series of three games starting at 30. September. Closer to Boston, Tanner Houck, who has six rebounds, has missed two trips to Toronto this season because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccination status of the injured LHP Chris Sale is unclear.

THE ROSTER IS MOVING

Toronto completed the signing of RHP Sergio Romo with a one-year contract. RHP Shaun Anderson was selected in the Triple-A Buffalo to make the roster of the big category, while LHP Tayler Saucedo (right hip) was transferred to the 60-day IL to open a place in the roster of 40 men. Romo was cut off from Seattle on June 20.

RESTRICTED MARKET

Romo offered a harsh assessment of his impact on other teams in the league after being cut off by the Mariners.

“I’m 39 and I’m throwing 85,” Romo said.

NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Rich Hill (4-4, 4.09) kicks off on Friday as the Red Sox visit Chicago for a three-game series against the Cubs. The Cubs have not set a key for Friday.

Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (2-4, 5.08) kicks off on Thursday as the Blue Jays open a unique five-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, including a double-game Saturday. The Rays have not set a starting line-up for Thursday.

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