DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in a three-run ninth inning, and Boston Pink Sox rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 on Thursday evening.
Alex Verdugo had an RBI grounder earlier than Martinez linked on his 250th homer. The 2-out drive got here off Rafael Dolis (1-1), making his second look since coming back from a proper calf harm.
“What an incredible win,” Boston supervisor Alex Cora stated. “There have been so many up and downs.”
Martinez shouted and repeatedly pumped his fists whereas rounding the bases. He stopped a 12-game homerless drought Wednesday.
“It was only a huge at-bat,” Martinez stated. “Huge scenario towards that group. A group we’re going to be battling with all yr. To sort of steal one like that, it’s huge for us.”
Phillips Valdez (2-1) went 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Matt Barnes labored the ninth to get his tenth save in 11 possibilities. After strolling Rowdy Tellez, Barnes struck out Danny Jansen with a 98 mph full-count fastball.
Boston (27-18) held onto the AL East lead. Toronto dropped to 10-7 at TD Ballpark, the place the Blue Jays have 4 extra residence video games trigger by Canadian authorities coronavirus journey restrictions. Toronto shifts residence video games subsequent month to its Triple-A affiliate’s ballpark in Buffalo, New York.
“They’re younger they usually’re hungry,” Pink Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts stated of the Blue Jays. “It’s going to be very powerful so that you can beat them 1-0 or 2-1. For essentially the most half, they’re all the time within the sport, so it’s very enjoyable to play towards them as a result of you realize there’s going to be quite a lot of motion.”
Jonathan Davis and Randal Grichuk had RBI singles off Hirokazu Sawamura within the sixth because the Blue Jays went up 7-5. Grichuk’s hit got here after Bogaerts made a diving seize on Teoscar Hernández’s two-out grounder, however second baseman Michael Chavis was charged with an error for dropping a flip toss.
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A match up of five-game winners became offensive fireworks early.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Grichuk had RBI doubles off Nick Pivetta within the first, and the Pink Sox had seven straight batters attain with two outs throughout a five-run second towards Steven Matz.
Bobby Dalbec hit an opposite-field three-run homer that struck the right-field pole, and Kiké Hernández and Martinez contributed run-scoring singles.
After Bo Bichette had a second-inning double, Cavan Biggio had an RBI single in a two-run fifth that tied it at 5.
Pivetta allowed 5 runs, seven hits, two walks and struck out eight in 5 innings.
Matz, who gave up 5 runs and 10 hits over six innings, was in line for the win till Dolis blew the save.
“We’re one out away from taking two out of three,” Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo stated. “It’s simply a kind of video games. This sport was a curler coaster.”
There was some lighthearted ribbing concerning Boston LHP Eduardo Rodríguez’s lack of hitting prowess (0 for 20, 10 strikeouts) heading into his begin Sunday at Philadelphia.
“I’d be actually pleased if he will get one, however I may also be actually shocked,” stated Bogaerts, who put the prospect of Rodríguez getting successful at 1%.
Cora stated he was not assured.
Cora has a rule that gamers can’t put on earrings however will let Rodriguez do it when he bats to see if it helps.
Cora is wanting ahead to seeing former Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who at present holds the identical place with the Phillies. The pair have been collectively through the Pink Sox’s 2018 World Collection championship season
As for Dombrowski’s legacy, Cora stated “he received” and “he did it his means, too.”
Pink Sox: INF-OF Danny Santana (foot an infection) may very well be known as up from Triple-A Worcester shortly.
Blue Jays: Montoyo stated CF George Springer (quadriceps) continues his operating development, however must be constructed up extra and would require a rehab task. … LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. sat out as a consequence of a left knee contusion.
Pink Sox: LHP Martín Pérez (1-2) and Philadelphia RHP Aaron Nola (3-3) are Friday evening’s starters
Blue Jays: Will face Tampa Bay ace Tyler Glasnow (4-2) Friday evening to begin their ultimate residence sequence at TD Ballpark. The Rays have received seven straight.
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