Liriano, bullpen pitch 6-hitter, Blue Jays beat Red Sox 3-0

TORONTO (AP) Even though they came up short in a ninth-inning rally attempt a night earlier, Kevin Pillar and the Toronto Blue Jays were able to carry some much-needed momentum into Wednesday night.

Francisco Liriano and three relievers combined on a six-hitter, Darwin Barney hit a two-run single and the Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0.

Kevin Pillar had three hits for the second straight game and stole two bases as the Blue Jays won for the third time this season and improved to 2-6 on their homestand.

''I felt like the attitude and tone in here changed a little bit from what we were able to create yesterday,'' Pillar said, referring to a three-run rally in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 8-7 defeat. ''Guys went in there confident today and you could see it by their swings.''

Toronto scored three unearned runs in the second after Troy Tulowitzki reached leading off on a throwing error by third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Tulowitzki took third and Russell Martin reached second on a fielding error by first baseman Mitch Moreland. Barney singled with one out, and Ezequiel Carrera had a two-out RBI single.

''You give a team extra outs, we're probably going to pay for it and we did tonight,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

The shutout was Toronto's first of the season.

''Just an all-around good ballgame,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''It's what it takes sometimes.''

AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (1-2) allowed six hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one.

''I thought he deserved a better fate,'' Farrell said. ''That was the typical performance that Rick delivered so many times last year.''

Liriano (1-1) allowed four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

''I didn't try to do too much, I just tried to throw strikes,'' Liriano said through a translator. ''The defense played really well behind me.''

Betts said Liriano was able to keep the Red Sox off balance.

''He was mixing it up, throwing all his pitches for strikes,'' Betts said.

After Liriano gave up consecutive singles to Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts, Joe Biagini came on and got Hanley Ramirez to ground into a double play.

''When they put the ball on the ground, they found some holes,'' Farrell said. ''When we did, it turned into a couple of key double plays in the middle innings.''

Jason Grilli worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his first save.

Betts stuck out swinging in the fourth, snapping a streak of 129 plate appearances without a strikeout since he took a called third strike from Baltimore's Oliver Drake on Sept. 12.

Betts was reluctant to say much about his streak, calling it ''irrelevant.''

''It's just an out to me,'' he said.

STOLEN MOMENTS

Pillar swiped econd and third after singling in the seventh, Toronto's first stolen bases this season.

BLANKED

Boston was held scoreless for the first time since Sept. 14 against Baltimore.

WELCOME BACK, POPS

Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez rejoined the team from paternity leave one day ahead of schedule and pitched one inning in his first big league relief appearance. Left-hander Brian Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Rodriguez.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price (strained elbow) threw at 120 feet on flat ground and is expected to throw off a mound in Baltimore on Friday. ... OF Jackie Bradley Jr. (right knee) went 1 for 3 with a homer at Pawtucket. He's expected to come off the DL Friday.

Blue Jays: LHP J.P. Howell (shoulder) is expected to make a rehab appearance at Class A Dunedin on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (1-1, 1.25) went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays last year, striking out 13 in 16 innings.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (0-1, 3.50) pitched seven shutout innings against Baltimore in his last start. He is 4-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 10 games against Boston.

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  • W: F. Liriano (1-1)L: R. Porcello (1-2)S: R. Osuna (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Pedroia 2B40000001.255.311.273.5840.0
A. Benintendi CF30100110.322.397.441.8381.5
M. Betts RF40100012.347.407.469.8770.5
H. Ramirez DH40000002.250.327.318.6450.0
M. Moreland 1B40100031.351.431.5791.010-0.5
X. Bogaerts SS30100111.341.383.364.7471.5
C. Young LF40000013.240.321.280.601-0.5
P. Sandoval 3B30200010.224.278.429.7061.5
S. Leon C30000013.243.243.378.622-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Pillar CF40300010.345.368.491.8596.5
    E. Carrera LF40110012.276.276.414.6901.5
    J. Bautista RF40000024.118.258.157.415-1.0
    K. Morales DH30000111.212.305.365.6700.5
    T. Tulowitzki SS41100001.264.286.396.6822.0
    R. Martin C41000013.103.271.205.4760.5
    J. Smoak 1B30000014.250.268.525.793-0.5
    D. Barney 3B31120001.412.444.412.8564.0
    D. Travis 2B30000001.091.167.091.2580.0
      BATTING
      • RBI - E. Carrera (4), D. Barney 2 (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Carrera (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Pillar 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Moreland, P. Sandoval (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Tulowitzki (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (L, 1-2)7.06301505.321.0014.5
      E. Rodriguez1.00000204.760.004.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (L, 1-2)7.0
      E. Rodriguez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano (W, 1-1)5.14001605.110.9420.0
      J. Biagini (H, 3)1.20000100.820.003.5
      J. Grilli (H, 1)1.01001103.182.001.5
      R. Osuna (S, 1)1.01000103.001.009.5
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano (W, 1-1)5.1
      J. Biagini (H, 3)1.2
      J. Grilli (H, 1)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 110-76, E. Rodriguez 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 8-10, E. Rodriguez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 30, E. Rodriguez 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 91-61, J. Biagini 12-10, J. Grilli 21-13, R. Osuna 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 7-3, J. Biagini 3-0, J. Grilli 2-0, R. Osuna 2-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 21, J. Biagini 4, J. Grilli 5, R. Osuna 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS9-6
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Pedroia 2B40000001.255.311.273.5840.0
      A. Benintendi CF30100110.322.397.441.8381.5
      M. Betts RF40100012.347.407.469.8770.5
      H. Ramirez DH40000002.250.327.318.6450.0
      M. Moreland 1B40100031.351.431.5791.010-0.5
      X. Bogaerts SS30100111.341.383.364.7471.5
      C. Young LF40000013.240.321.280.601-0.5
      P. Sandoval 3B30200010.224.278.429.7061.5
      S. Leon C30000013.243.243.378.622-0.5
      Total3206002913-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        K. Pillar CF40300010.345.368.491.8596.5
        E. Carrera LF40110012.276.276.414.6901.5
        J. Bautista RF40000024.118.258.157.415-1.0
        K. Morales DH30000111.212.305.365.6700.5
        T. Tulowitzki SS41100001.264.286.396.6822.0
        R. Martin C41000013.103.271.205.4760.5
        J. Smoak 1B30000014.250.268.525.793-0.5
        D. Barney 3B31120001.412.444.412.8564.0
        D. Travis 2B30000001.091.167.091.2580.0
        Total3236301717-----
          BATTING
          • RBI - E. Carrera (4), D. Barney 2 (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Carrera (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - K. Pillar 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - M. Moreland, P. Sandoval (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - T. Tulowitzki (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Porcello (L, 1-2)7.06301505.321.0014.5
          E. Rodriguez1.00000204.760.004.0
          Total8.0630170---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Porcello (L, 1-2)7.0
          E. Rodriguez1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Liriano (W, 1-1)5.14001605.110.9420.0
          J. Biagini (H, 3)1.20000100.820.003.5
          J. Grilli (H, 1)1.01001103.182.001.5
          R. Osuna (S, 1)1.01000103.001.009.5
          Total9.0600290---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Liriano (W, 1-1)5.1
          J. Biagini (H, 3)1.2
          J. Grilli (H, 1)1.0
          R. Osuna (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 110-76, E. Rodriguez 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 8-10, E. Rodriguez 1-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 30, E. Rodriguez 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 91-61, J. Biagini 12-10, J. Grilli 21-13, R. Osuna 13-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 7-3, J. Biagini 3-0, J. Grilli 2-0, R. Osuna 2-0
          • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 21, J. Biagini 4, J. Grilli 5, R. Osuna 4
          • 2ND INNING
            Carrera singled to right, Barney scored, Pillar to third03
            Barney singled to center, Tulowitzki and Martin scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • R. Osuna Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland singled to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • C. Young: Foul, Young grounded into fielder's choice to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Grilli Pitching:
            • P. Sandoval: Strike swinging, Sandoval singled to right center
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to pitcher, Sandoval to second
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki grounded out to second
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Biagini Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Young grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis lined out to shortstop
            • K. Pillar: Pillar singled to center
            • E. Carrera: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pillar stole second, Strike swinging, Carrera flied out to right
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Pillar stole third, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to third
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Benintendi singled to center
            • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Betts singled to left, Benintendi to second
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Benintendi to third, Betts out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • T. Tulowitzki: Foul, Ball, Tulowitzki singled to center
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martin flied out to deep center
            • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Smoak flied out to deep center
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Barney grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • C. Young: Young reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bogaerts out at second
            • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Sandoval singled to right, Young to second
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Leon grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Young to third, Sandoval out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Carrera struck out looking
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Morales flied out to deep center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez safe at first on shortstop Tulowitzki fielding error
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • D. Barney: Foul, Barney grounded out to first
            • D. Travis: Travis grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sandoval struck out looking
            • S. Leon: Ball, Leon popped out to shortstop
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Morales walked
            • T. Tulowitzki: Tulowitzki flied out to deep center
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Martin flied out to deep right
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts singled to right
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Tulowitzki safe at first on 3rd baseman Sandoval fielding error
            • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin safe at first on 1st baseman Moreland fielding error, Tulowitzki to third, Martin to second
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • D. Barney: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Barney singled to center, Tulowitzki and Martin scored
            • D. Travis: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Travis lined out to right
            • K. Pillar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pillar singled to left, Barney to second
            • E. Carrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Carrera singled to right, Barney scored, Pillar to third
            • J. Bautista: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bautista flied out to left
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 2 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia flied out to left
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Pillar reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • E. Carrera: Ball, Carrera grounded out to shortstop, Pillar to second
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bautista grounded out to second, Pillar to third
            • K. Morales: Morales grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)