Betts' slam leads Red Sox past Blue Jays 6-4 for 10th in row

BOSTON (AP) Mookie Betts was so excited he nearly tripped when his feet got tangled on the way to first base.

Boston's normally mild-mannered right fielder let loose with some emotion after ending a marathon at-bat with a grand slam that helped lead the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.

''I almost went down,'' Betts said with a chuckle after going 2 for 4 with five RBIs. ''I had to depend on my athletic ability and it came through that time.''

That ability has Betts leading the majors in batting and the Red Sox riding a 10-game winning streak to the best record in the big leagues. Boston has the longest current winning streak in the majors and hasn't lost since getting routed 11-1 at Yankee Stadium on July 1.

Betts fouled off seven pitches from All-Star lefty J.A. Happ before driving the 13th pitch well over the Green Monster and out of Fenway Park to put the Red Sox up 5-2 in the fourth inning. Betts turned to his dugout and shouted at teammates in celebration, then almost lost his footing on the way to first base.

''Since I've been in the big leagues, that's probably the most excited that I've been,'' said Betts, who added an RBI single in the seventh and increased his batting average to .352.

David Price (10-6) struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings for Boston, and Craig Kimbrel earned his 29th save.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the first and Kendrys Morales had a solo homer for Toronto, which has lost four of five.

Happ (10-6) started strong for Toronto, striking out six and holding Boston to two hits before running into trouble and some misfortune in the fourth. The Red Sox capitalized on a missed fly ball and a video review that erased what would have been the second out while scoring five runs - all unearned - before the inning ended.

''You're not going to see many innings like that. I don't think I could even describe it,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Happ threw 46 pitches in the inning, 13 to Betts as he fouled off a string of five straight and caught a break when a popup bounced out of first baseman Justin Smoak's glove after he ran it down in foul territory and attempted an over-the-shoulder catch. Betts worked Happ to a full count, then cleared the bases with his 23rd homer of the season and fourth career grand slam.

Happ loaded the bases with a walk to No. 9 hitter Jackie Bradley Jr., who was batting .202. Happ also threw a wild pitch while walking Bradley in an inning that was extended when Boston successfully challenged a force at second on a fielder's choice.

''I felt good tonight and I felt like my stuff was sharp,'' Happ said. ''I don't know if they got a ball out of the infield before that homer, so that's tough to take.''

After Hernandez's two-run homer soared deep into the center-field seats, Price didn't allow another run until Morales led off the seventh with another shot to center that pulled the Blue Jays to 5-3.

Smoak hit an RBI double on a drive to center in the eighth, when a fan in the front row interfered with the ball and Randal Grichuk scored to pull the Blue Jays to 6-4.

RECORD TERRITORY

Boston is on its longest streak since winning 11 straight in September 2016. At 66-29, the Red Sox are 37 games over .500 for the first time since 1949.

''It seems like everything is clicking right now,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''The bullpen has been outstanding. The starters are going deep into games. Yeah, it feels that way.''

FAN FORGIVENESS

Price could hear the boos before Hernandez's homer had a chance to land, but left to a standing ovation after allowing three runs and six hits.

Cora said Price deserved the recognition for recovering the way he did after the first inning. Cora said Price's performance in the fifth after the long rally by Boston's offense was a key to the Red Sox winning.

''David was outstanding,'' Cora said. ''I loved the use of the changeup back-to-back. We haven't seen that in a while.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 1B Steve Pearce exited after the second inning, when he was hit on the left ankle by a pitch from Happ. Pearce needed several minutes before going to first base and was replaced by Blake Swihart in the top of the third.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Ryan Borucki (0-1, 2.25 ERA) gets his fourth career start after a no-decision Sunday, when he held the New York Yankees to one run and seven hits over seven innings.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (11-3, 3.58) has won three of four starts and already matched his victory total from last season.

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2000001104111
BOS66-29
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  • W: D. Price (10-6)L: J. Happ (10-6)S: C. Kimbrel (29)
  • HR: TOR - K. Morales (11), T. Hernandez (14), BOS - M. Betts (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Grichuk RF51100012.200.267.426.6931.5
L. Gurriel SS41200001.248.262.396.6584.0
J. Smoak 1B40110012.242.363.468.8302.5
C. Granderson PR-LF00000000.241.349.440.7890.0
T. Hernandez LF41221010.259.307.508.8167.5
L. Maile C00000000.235.322.371.6940.0
K. Morales DH41111022.242.306.436.7425.0
R. Martin C-3B40000022.170.320.280.600-1.0
K. Pillar CF40000010.240.272.396.669-0.5
D. Travis 2B40400000.247.297.401.6994.0
A. Diaz 3B20000021.243.281.401.682-1.0
a- Y. Solarte PH-3B-1B20000002.246.304.436.7400.0
  • a-lined out for Diaz in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41251001.352.440.6831.12311.0
A. Benintendi LF40000022.297.380.517.897-1.0
J. Martinez DH40100021.329.392.6441.0360.0
S. Pearce 1B00000000.330.386.573.9591.0
B. Swihart 1B30100010.205.263.250.5131.5
M. Moreland 1B00000000.282.354.510.8640.0
X. Bogaerts SS41100013.283.353.522.8751.5
B. Holt 2B40000021.282.359.379.738-1.0
E. Nunez 3B41100001.259.288.370.6592.0
S. Leon C31010020.246.286.377.6631.0
J. Bradley CF22200100.208.299.342.6418.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Gurriel (3), J. Smoak (24)
    • HR - T. Hernandez (14), K. Morales (11)
    • RBI - J. Smoak (48), T. Hernandez 2 (37), K. Morales (29)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (11)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Swihart (4), J. Bradley (16)
    • HR - M. Betts (23)
    • RBI - M. Betts 5 (49), S. Leon (19)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 4 (18)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Bradley (11)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Travis-Gurriel-Smoak)
    • E - D. Travis (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Happ (L, 10-6)3.25501614.291.191.0
    J. Biagini2.10000205.791.627.0
    J. Axford1.02110104.151.290.5
    S. Oh1.01000102.891.052.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Happ (L, 10-6)3.2
    J. Biagini2.1
    J. Axford1.0
    S. Oh1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Price (W, 10-6)6.26330824.421.2523.0
    B. Workman (H, 4)0.11000001.760.91-1.0
    M. Barnes (H, 19)1.03110202.431.060.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 29)1.01000001.860.919.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Price (W, 10-6)6.2
    B. Workman (H, 4)0.1
    M. Barnes (H, 19)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 29)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Happ, J. Axford (6)
    • HBP - J. Happ (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 98-65, J. Biagini 22-15, J. Axford 19-10, S. Oh 24-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 5-1, J. Biagini 2-3, J. Axford 1-0, S. Oh 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Happ 19, J. Biagini 7, J. Axford 4, S. Oh 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Kimbrel (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 103-76, B. Workman 8-4, M. Barnes 27-17, C. Kimbrel 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 6-5, C. Kimbrel 2-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Price 25, B. Workman 2, M. Barnes 6, C. Kimbrel 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Grichuk RF51100012.200.267.426.6931.5
    L. Gurriel SS41200001.248.262.396.6584.0
    J. Smoak 1B40110012.242.363.468.8302.5
    C. Granderson PR-LF00000000.241.349.440.7890.0
    T. Hernandez LF41221010.259.307.508.8167.5
    L. Maile C00000000.235.322.371.6940.0
    K. Morales DH41111022.242.306.436.7425.0
    R. Martin C-3B40000022.170.320.280.600-1.0
    K. Pillar CF40000010.240.272.396.669-0.5
    D. Travis 2B40400000.247.297.401.6994.0
    A. Diaz 3B20000021.243.281.401.682-1.0
    a- Y. Solarte PH-3B-1B20000002.246.304.436.7400.0
    Total374114201012-----
    HITTERSAB
    R. Grichuk RF5
    L. Gurriel SS4
    J. Smoak 1B4
    C. Granderson PR-LF0
    T. Hernandez LF4
    L. Maile C0
    K. Morales DH4
    R. Martin C-3B4
    K. Pillar CF4
    D. Travis 2B4
    A. Diaz 3B2
    a- Y. Solarte PH-3B-1B2
    Total37
    • a-lined out for Diaz in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF41251001.352.440.6831.12311.0
    A. Benintendi LF40000022.297.380.517.897-1.0
    J. Martinez DH40100021.329.392.6441.0360.0
    S. Pearce 1B00000000.330.386.573.9591.0
    B. Swihart 1B30100010.205.263.250.5131.5
    M. Moreland 1B00000000.282.354.510.8640.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41100013.283.353.522.8751.5
    B. Holt 2B40000021.282.359.379.738-1.0
    E. Nunez 3B41100001.259.288.370.6592.0
    S. Leon C31010020.246.286.377.6631.0
    J. Bradley CF22200100.208.299.342.6418.0
    Total3268611109-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Gurriel (3), J. Smoak (24)
      • HR - T. Hernandez (14), K. Morales (11)
      • RBI - J. Smoak (48), T. Hernandez 2 (37), K. Morales (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Swihart (4), J. Bradley (16)
      • HR - M. Betts (23)
      • RBI - M. Betts 5 (49), S. Leon (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 4 (18)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Bradley (11)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Travis-Gurriel-Smoak)
      • E - D. Travis (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (L, 10-6)3.25501614.291.191.0
      J. Biagini2.10000205.791.627.0
      J. Axford1.02110104.151.290.5
      S. Oh1.01000102.891.052.5
      Total8.08611101---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (L, 10-6)3.2
      J. Biagini2.1
      J. Axford1.0
      S. Oh1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (W, 10-6)6.26330824.421.2523.0
      B. Workman (H, 4)0.11000001.760.91-1.0
      M. Barnes (H, 19)1.03110202.431.060.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 29)1.01000001.860.919.0
      Total9.011440102---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (W, 10-6)6.2
      B. Workman (H, 4)0.1
      M. Barnes (H, 19)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 29)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Happ, J. Axford (6)
      • HBP - J. Happ (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 98-65, J. Biagini 22-15, J. Axford 19-10, S. Oh 24-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 5-1, J. Biagini 2-3, J. Axford 1-0, S. Oh 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 19, J. Biagini 7, J. Axford 4, S. Oh 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Kimbrel (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 103-76, B. Workman 8-4, M. Barnes 27-17, C. Kimbrel 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 6-5, C. Kimbrel 2-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 25, B. Workman 2, M. Barnes 6, C. Kimbrel 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Smoak doubled to deep center, Grichuk scored46
      • 7TH INNING
        Betts singled to deep left, Bradley scored36
        Morales homered to center35
      • 4TH INNING
        Betts homered to left, Nunez, Leon and Bradley scored25
        Leon reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bogaerts scored, Holt out at third, Nunez to second21
      • 1ST INNING
        Hernandez homered to center, Gurriel scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Curtis Granderson in left field
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • Mitch Moreland at first base
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to third
        • D. Travis: Ball, Ball, Travis singled to deep right center
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Travis to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Solarte grounded out to third
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Grichuk flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Brandon Workman
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk singled to center
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel flied out to center
        • J. Smoak: Smoak doubled to deep center, Grichuk scored
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez singled to deep center, Smoak to third
        • Curtis Granderson ran for Justin Smoak
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved John Axford
        • Luke Maile catching
        • B. Swihart: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Swihart doubled to right center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop, Swihart to third
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Holt struck out on foul tip
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Morales homered to center
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martin grounded out to third
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pillar fouled out to first
        • Brandon Workman relieved David Price
        • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Travis reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Yangervis Solarte hit for Aledmys Diaz
        • Y. Solarte: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Solarte lined out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • John Axford relieved Joe Biagini
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley doubled to deep left
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to deep left, Bradley scored
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Benintendi grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Betts out at second
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel lined out to left
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Holt flied out to deep center
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pillar lined out to center
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis singled to deep left
        • A. Diaz: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Grichuk grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Travis out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to third
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Swihart lined out to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts fouled out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez flied out to deep right
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Martin: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts singled to center
        • B. Holt: Foul, Ball, Foul, Holt reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bogaerts to second on 2nd baseman Travis fielding error
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike (foul tip), Foul, Nunez reached on an infield single to pitcher, Bogaerts to third, Holt to second
        • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Leon reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bogaerts scored, Holt out at third, Nunez to second
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Nunez to third, Leon to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts homered to left, Nunez, Leon and Bradley scored
        • Joe Biagini relieved J.A. Happ
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Blake Swihart at first base
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk lined out to right
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel singled to shallow left center
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak grounded into fielder's choice to third, Gurriel out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bradley singled to shallow right
        • M. Betts: Ball, Bradley stole second, Strike swinging, Betts grounded out to shortstop, Bradley to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Martin grounded out to third
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Pillar struck out on foul tip
        • D. Travis: Foul, Travis reached on an infield single to third, Travis out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Nunez grounded out to second
        • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Grichuk struck out on foul tip
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel doubled to left center
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez homered to center, Gurriel scored
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts lined out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to left center
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Pearce hit by pitch, Martinez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)