Pomeranz, Pedroia strong in Boston's 5-1 win over Blue Jays

BOSTON (AP) When Drew Pomeranz has been on the mound this season, it's usually meant good things for the Boston Red Sox.

Pomeranz pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, Dustin Pedroia drove in three and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Pomeranz (10-4) allowed an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings to win his fourth straight decision and continues to be among Boston's most dependable arms. He hasn't lost since June 11, and the Red Sox are 9-3 in his past 12 starts. His ERA over the stretch is 2.62, dropping it from 5.29 to 3.51 for the season.

''I feel really good with all my pitches on both sides of the plate, which is something I really haven't had before,'' Pomeranz said.

Pedroia and Deven Marrero each had two-run singles with two outs in the second inning to provide all the offense the Red Sox needed. Pedroia has six RBIs in the series, which concludes Thursday.

Pomeranz said being healthy has been a factor in his run of quality starts. He acknowledged he felt good, but not great in spring training as he struggled with his mechanics. Since then, he's found a rhythm.

Aaron Sanchez (1-3) gave up five runs, six hits and five walks in four innings. It ended his four-game winning streak against Boston. Pitching in just his third game off the disabled list for a blister issue on his middle finger, the same problem contributed to his early exit Wednesday.

''It's one of those things,'' Sanchez said. ''You take a step forward, you think you're past it and you're right back to step one.''

A baserunning error early in the second almost derailed Boston's big inning. Chris Young led off with a double, and Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a single. After Bradley stole second, Christian Vazquez hit a sharp grounder to first baseman Justin Smoak. He stepped on the bag for the out, and then caught Young hung up between third and home.

Young was tagged out after a brief rundown for the double play, but Brock Holt walked to keep the inning alive.

STREAK ENDS

While Pedroia was hot at the plate, his streak of 114 games without a fielding error ended when he tried to backhand a groundball by Darwin Barney in the fifth inning. The streak was a club record for a second baseman. His last error was Aug. 9, 2016 at Detroit.

SLUMP NO MORE

Before his single to lead off the third inning, Miguel Montero had been 0 for 15 with Toronto since coming over in a July 3 trade from Chicago.

BEATING THE HEAT

Red Sox manager John Farrell said he plans to combat a recent run of hot days and long games the same way he handled a similar stretch a year ago.

It starts with limiting the pregame workload and sun exposure, which included bypassing outdoor batting practice Wednesday. The Red Sox may even restrict player access to the clubhouse during the hottest part of the day.

''We went through that last year. I thought it paid dividends, the 2-4 weeks following that stint,'' Farrell said. ''And that's about the take place again.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Michael Bolsinger was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to the game with left knee inflammation. Bolsinger allowed one hit - a walk-off homer in the 15th inning - in 3 1/3 innings in Toronto's 5-4 loss Tuesday. RHP Cesar Valdez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. ... RHP Joe Smith (right shoulder) was expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, but will instead need one more rehab start in the minors. The plan is for him to meet the team for its series in Cleveland, which begins on Friday.

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts (right hand) took pregame ground balls and Farrell is hopeful he can be back in the lineup Thursday. He was a late scratch Tuesday and had an MRI on the hand, which has bothered him since he was hit by a pitch July 6.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Francisco Liriano (5-5, 6.04 ERA) will make his 16th start of the season. He lasted just two innings in his last outing on July 15 at Detroit, giving up five runs.

Red Sox: RHP Doug Fister (0-3, 6.75) appeared in relief last week in Boston's 4-1, 16-inning loss to the Yankees. He took the loss after allowing three runs over 2 2/3 innings.

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TOR43-51
000010000151
BOS54-42
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  • W: D. Pomeranz (10-4)L: A. Sanchez (1-3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Bautista RF30010012.230.344.408.7520.5
S. Pearce LF40000013.274.329.465.794-0.5
J. Donaldson 3B40100010.246.365.439.8030.5
J. Smoak 1B20100211.294.368.569.9372.5
K. Morales DH40000003.255.307.455.7620.0
T. Tulowitzki SS30000101.247.296.377.6731.0
K. Pillar CF40100001.253.305.407.7121.0
M. Montero C21100211.252.341.383.7243.5
D. Barney 2B30100012.221.272.279.5510.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF32100101.275.352.482.8346.0
    A. Benintendi LF30000112.271.352.428.7790.5
    D. Pedroia 2B30230100.310.389.412.8006.0
    M. Moreland 1B40000024.246.336.422.758-1.0
    C. Young DH40200010.251.333.395.7292.5
    J. Bradley CF41100011.271.347.462.8093.5
    C. Vazquez C30000113.261.302.344.6470.5
    B. Holt 3B21000101.167.278.167.4444.0
    D. Marrero SS31120010.211.255.324.5793.5
      BATTING
      • SF - J. Bautista (5)
      • RBI - J. Bautista (43)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Young (9)
      • RBI - D. Pedroia 3 (49), D. Marrero 2 (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia 3 (25), D. Marrero 2 (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (17), J. Bradley (5), B. Holt
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Donaldson (9)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Pedroia
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (L, 1-3)4.06535204.251.72-6.0
      C. Valdez4.01000506.111.4713.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (L, 1-3)4.0
      C. Valdez4.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz (W, 10-4)6.23105303.511.3421.5
      H. Hembree1.11000203.501.423.0
      B. Taylor1.01000106.141.842.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz (W, 10-4)6.2
      H. Hembree1.1
      B. Taylor1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 79-41, C. Valdez 43-33
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-2, C. Valdez 2-4
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 22, C. Valdez 12
      PITCHING
      • WP - H. Hembree
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 116-65, H. Hembree 19-13, B. Taylor 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 8-7, B. Taylor 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 26, H. Hembree 5, B. Taylor 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TOR43-51
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Bautista RF30010012.230.344.408.7520.5
      S. Pearce LF40000013.274.329.465.794-0.5
      J. Donaldson 3B40100010.246.365.439.8030.5
      J. Smoak 1B20100211.294.368.569.9372.5
      K. Morales DH40000003.255.307.455.7620.0
      T. Tulowitzki SS30000101.247.296.377.6731.0
      K. Pillar CF40100001.253.305.407.7121.0
      M. Montero C21100211.252.341.383.7243.5
      D. Barney 2B30100012.221.272.279.5510.5
      Total2915105614-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF32100101.275.352.482.8346.0
        A. Benintendi LF30000112.271.352.428.7790.5
        D. Pedroia 2B30230100.310.389.412.8006.0
        M. Moreland 1B40000024.246.336.422.758-1.0
        C. Young DH40200010.251.333.395.7292.5
        J. Bradley CF41100011.271.347.462.8093.5
        C. Vazquez C30000113.261.302.344.6470.5
        B. Holt 3B21000101.167.278.167.4444.0
        D. Marrero SS31120010.211.255.324.5793.5
        Total2957505712-----
          BATTING
          • SF - J. Bautista (5)
          • RBI - J. Bautista (43)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Young (9)
          • RBI - D. Pedroia 3 (49), D. Marrero 2 (22)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia 3 (25), D. Marrero 2 (10)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (17), J. Bradley (5), B. Holt
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Donaldson (9)
          FIELDING
          • E - D. Pedroia
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sanchez (L, 1-3)4.06535204.251.72-6.0
          C. Valdez4.01000506.111.4713.5
          Total8.0753570---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sanchez (L, 1-3)4.0
          C. Valdez4.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Pomeranz (W, 10-4)6.23105303.511.3421.5
          H. Hembree1.11000203.501.423.0
          B. Taylor1.01000106.141.842.5
          Total9.0510560---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Pomeranz (W, 10-4)6.2
          H. Hembree1.1
          B. Taylor1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 79-41, C. Valdez 43-33
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-2, C. Valdez 2-4
          • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 22, C. Valdez 12
          PITCHING
          • WP - H. Hembree
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 116-65, H. Hembree 19-13, B. Taylor 15-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 8-7, B. Taylor 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 26, H. Hembree 5, B. Taylor 4
          • 5TH INNING
            Bautista hit sacrifice fly to right, Montero scored15
          • 4TH INNING
            Pedroia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Betts scored05
          • 2ND INNING
            Pedroia singled to left center, Marrero and Betts scored, Benintendi to second04
            Marrero singled to center, Bradley and Holt scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ben Taylor relieved Heath Hembree
            • K. Morales: Foul, Ball, Ball, Morales flied out to shallow left
            • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Tulowitzki grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Pillar: Pillar singled to left
            • M. Montero: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Montero struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • H. Hembree Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Foul, Bautista lined out to center
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Pearce lined out to right
            • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson singled to right
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Donaldson to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Valdez Pitching:
            • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Young struck out on foul tip
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Vazquez struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki grounded out to third
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar flied out to deep center
            • M. Montero: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Montero walked
            • Heath Hembree relieved Drew Pomeranz
            • D. Barney: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Barney struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Valdez Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi flied out to deep left
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia lined out to center
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Cesar Valdez pitching
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to second
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak singled to left
            • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Morales grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Smoak out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Valdez Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Holt grounded out to second
            • D. Marrero: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Marrero struck out looking
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts lined out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Montero: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Montero walked
            • D. Barney: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Barney safe at first on 2nd baseman Pedroia fielding error, Montero to third
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bautista hit sacrifice fly to right, Montero scored
            • S. Pearce: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • C. Young: Strike swinging, Young singled to deep left
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley popped out to shortstop
            • C. Vazquez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Vazquez grounded into double play third to second to first, Young out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak walked
            • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Morales grounded out to pitcher, Smoak to second
            • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Tulowitzki popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Marrero grounded out to third
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Betts stole second
            • D. Pedroia: Foul, Pedroia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Betts scored
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • M. Montero: Strike looking, Ball, Montero singled to deep left
            • D. Barney: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Barney singled to deep left, Montero to second
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pearce grounded into double play third to second to first, Barney out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Young grounded out to third
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley grounded out to first
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vazquez walked
            • B. Holt: Holt reached on fielder's choice to second, Vazquez out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
            • K. Morales: Morales grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Smoak out at second
            • T. Tulowitzki: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tulowitzki walked
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pillar flied out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Young doubled to deep center
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike looking, Bradley singled to right, Young to third
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Bradley stole second, Foul, Ball, Vazquez grounded into double play first to catcher to third, Young out at home, Bradley to third
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holt walked
            • D. Marrero: Ball, Ball, Holt stole second, Foul, Foul, Marrero singled to center, Bradley and Holt scored
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Betts safe at first on 3rd baseman Donaldson fielding error, Marrero to second
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked, Marrero to third, Betts to second
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia singled to left center, Marrero and Betts scored, Benintendi to second
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland lined out to center
            • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Bautista lined out to left
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pearce lined out to second
            • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Donaldson lined out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts singled to center
            • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Betts out at second
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)